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Bed and Breakfast Sydney Harbour 3.5

The Rocks, Sydney, Greater Sydney

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Pros

  • Convenient location in The Rocks
  • Air-conditioned rooms have fresh decor and hardwood floors
  • Hot and cold breakfast included in room rates
  • Large patio garden with parasol-covered tables and chairs
  • Sitting room with fireplace and historic art prints
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • Some rooms are small
  • Some rooms have shared bathrooms in hallway

Bottom Line

Located in a restored mansion in The Rocks, the Sydney Harbour Bed & Breakfast offers a cozy place to stay in one of the city's most celebrated historic areas. The nine rooms here vary in size, with the largest big enough for a small family, and all have air-conditioning and crisp, modern decor. Amenities are limited to free Wi-Fi, a pretty courtyard, and an included hot and cold breakfast. For something with a bit more space and pizazz, Simpsons of Potts Point Hotel has larger, more elegant rooms and common areas, though its location isn't quite as tourist-friendly. 

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Scene

Red-brick mansion turned bed-and-breakfast with a pretty garden patio

Housed in a converted old mansion, the Sydney Harbour Bed & Breakfast is unique for The Rocks, where most of the hotel options are large and institutional. Guests enter the red brick structure and pass through a hallway with a shelf full of books on their way to the small sitting room with framed historic lithographs on the wall that doubles as baggage storage during the day. There's also a pretty garden patio with tables and parasols where guests -- most of whom are tourists -- can take their morning meal. 

Location

Conveniently located in The Rocks

The bed-and-breakfast is located in The Rocks neighborhood, just off the Cahill Expressway and a six-minute walk from the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, and bars within a short walk away. Circular Quay, a major transport hub for both trains and ferries, is a nine-minute walk away. 

The Sydney Opera House takes about 15 minutes to reach on foot, while the Australian Museum and Hyde Park are a 10-minute drive away. The Taronga Zoo is a 15-minute drive away without traffic, while Bondi Beach takes closer to 20 minutes. The Sydney Airport takes a minimum of 15 minutes by car (without traffic) and can also be reached by the Airport Line (T2), which stops at Circular Quay. The trip takes around half an hour door-to-door. 

Rooms

Air conditioned rooms of varying sizes with wooden floors and crisp linens

Sydney Harbour Bed and Breakfast has nine rooms spread over three levels, and guests can choose their preferred room at the time of booking. All rooms have bulky air-conditioning units and come with TVs and kettles. Most have en-suite bathrooms, though a few have either private bathrooms in the hall or hallway bathrooms they share with another room. Rooms have either a queen-sized bed or a queen and a single, and the Parkes Room has a separate second bedroom with a single bed. Decor is simultaneously homey and contemporary, and rooms have wood floors and furnishings as well as fresh white beds with gray and pink or purple accents. 

Features

Free Wi-Fi and free hot and cold breakfast in breakfast room or on garden patio

Amenities are limited at the small Bed and Breakfast Sydney Harbour, though the hotel does offer free Wi-Fi throughout its rooms and common spaces. There's a small sitting room along with a larger garden patio filled with greenery, where guests can take their free breakfast on pleasant days. Throughout the year, guests also have the option of eating their cereal, breads, and cooked-to-order eggs at the indoor breakfast room, which consists of a long table with a big oak cabinet that's used to display cereal at one end. 

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Address

140-142 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney N.S.W., Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia

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