Laundry room plus communal kitchen and lounge on-site
Continental breakfast is included in the room rate
Parking and an airport shuttle are available (for a fee)
Five meeting rooms available for business guests
Wi-Fi is not free
Rooms are basic and some look worn
Some rooms are noisy at night
There are 121 rooms at this value property, just across the street from Sydney's Hyde Park. It’s a great location for exploring the city, as the Oxford Street area is bustling with shops, cafes, and restaurants. Make no mistake, though, rooms are no-frills. There is air-conditioning, but some share bathrooms and Wi-Fi is not free. There’s a good
cafe on site, which serves a free continental breakfast daily, and the hotel has a laundry room and
communal kitchen. All-in-all the experience is almost hostel-like. It's
worth comparing with the Altamont Hotel, another value property which also has
a rooftop garden and free Wi-Fi.
This eight-story property was built in 1984 and is a simple hotel aimed
at those on a tight budget. The lobby is a large space and has the simple look of many budget properties: a vending machine, tourist information leaflets, sagging outdated couches, and a bank
of computer stations. Much of the lobby is tired and dated, while the rest of
the space near the cafe is light and bright, with a modern wooden floor and
colorful artwork on the walls. Despite the mostly uninspiring decor, this hotel sees plenty of guests, as many of the couples, solo travelers, and families that stay here just need a passable, clean place to rest at night after days spent exploring everything the area has to offer.
Bustling area with lots to see
and do, just off Oxford Street
The hotel is located just a few steps from Oxford Street, one of Sydney's most famous thoroughfares. This is the main route for Sydney's Mardi Gras Parade, and the Darlinghurst neighborhood that the street cuts through is packed with shops,
cafes, restaurants, bars, clubs, galleries, and gardens. The hotel is just across the
street from Hyde Park, and only a five-minute walk from the ANZAC War Memorial
and the Australian Museum. Museum train station is a four-minute walk from the hotel as well.
Darling Harbour, lined with outdoor cafes, is a 15-minute walk from the hotel, and it’s a five-minute drive or 15-minute
train ride to the Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, and Harbour Bridge. Sydney
Airport is a 15-minute drive from the hotel.
Rooms at the Y Hotel Hyde Park don't offer much in the way of style or substance, and in fact some feel like they belong in a hostel. Decor is austere, with gray industrial carpets, plain white walls, ill-fitting bed skirts or exposed box springs, and a few touches of red to brighten the spaces up. That being said, they are clean and suitable for guests not planning to spend much time in their room beyond sleeping at night. All rooms have air-conditioning, a safe, and iron. Most have flat-screen TVs with satellite channels plus tea- and coffee-making facilities, and some also have mini-fridges and microwaves. There is a range of room categories available at the Y Hotel Hyde Park.
Family rooms have two separate bedrooms, one with a king-size bed, and the
other with two singles plus an en-suite bathroom. Other categories are also available with en-suite bathrooms, but for a lower room rate, rooms are also available with a shared external bathroom. A Quad Room with a shared
bathroom is also available, which is ideal for groups on a budget (beds are separated by dividers). Some
of the rooms are quite dated and showing signs of wear and tear. Carpets are
worn in places, paintwork is scuffed, and although the rooms are generally kept
clean, many of the windows were not when we visited. Traffic noise can be heard in some rooms,
which can be a nuisance at night, and some previous guests have been
disturbed by noise from the hotel corridors and doors slamming during the
Free breakfast and facilities
for cooking and laundry
A continental breakfast is included in the room rate and served in the
hotel's laid-back cafe, which is open all day. Guests can pay extra if they
wish for a cooked breakfast. There is also a guest kitchen for people wanting to self cater.
Near this is a dark and rather gloomy, windowless lounge with a few items of
dated, mismatched furniture and a small TV on the wall. A self-service laundry
room is also available. For an extra fee, parking is available
on-site and an airport shuttle can be booked too. There are free newspapers in
the lobby, five meeting rooms for business guests, and Wi-Fi (although this is
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