Having not heard of Sydney’s Megaboom City Hotel, I wasn’t sure what to expect on my arrival. I was pleasantly surprised.
Having walked along York Street many times, I didn’t even realise the hotel was located in the busy heart of Sydney’s CBD. This may be due to the hotel’s lack of a street presence. To get to the small reception area you need to take the lift or stairs to the first floor. Furthermore the hotel has no dining facilities.
Reviews suggested the hotel’s rooms were small, so I was surprised by the size of my room. It later turned out I was in a “deluxe queen room with disable access” explaining the large entry area.
While the room had no view – my one window faced another hotel room window – I didn’t find it claustrophobic.
The hotel reminded me of many Asian hotels I have stayed in and I wasn’t surprised to discover the hotel is owned by Asian interests.
Initially choosing the hotel due to its reasonable rates (I payed $165 a night) in the very expensive Sydney market, I would happily return to the Megaboom. Although, given the popularity of the hotel, especially with Americans during my stay, I’m not sure how long rates will stay at such levels!
What: Room 307, Megaboom City Hotel, 93 York Street Sydney
Date: 15 November 2016.
How Did It Rate
Location. The hotel is in York Street, just down from Market Street and so is extremely close to Sydney’s many shops and numerous buses and trains.
The room featured all the necessities including tea and coffee making facilities, flat screen television, a smallish work desk and a separate sitting chair and in room safe. My large and `disability friendly’ bathroom also included all the necessities including, rather surprisingly, toothbrushes and combs. Slippers were also provided.
Free Wi Fi in the rooms, which seemed to work very well.
The room was clean and while I heard a few doors slamming during the night, it was generally very quiet.
Friendly and very helpful reception staff.
I received a confirmation letter before my arrival with everything I could need to know about getting to the hotel, parking etc.
The bedside light didn’t sit beside the bed, so to operate it I had to get out of bed – which tended to defeat its purpose!
Reception closes at 11pm. There are instructions on check-in about how to enter if arriving late, so it’s probably a good idea to take these if you are going out at night.
My queen size bed was very comfortable, however it was pushed up against a wall, which means if two people were in the bed one would be sleeping against the wall. Then there’s my personal pet hate – lack of a top sheet! The doona cover doubled as the top sheet.