"Good location, comfy bed, nice and helpful staff. If you need a cheap stay close to everywhere, stay here. Make sure you bring your thongs, as the ... " More

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Hotel Description

Criterion Hotel Sydney places you in the centre of Sydney, steps from Sydney Town Hall and within a short 5-minute stroll of Sydney Tower. Highlights at this hotel include a restaurant and in-room free WiFi.

All 19 rooms feature coffee/tea makers and ceiling fans. Limited housekeeping is available.

At the hotel's own bar/lounge, you can stop for a drink. Plus you'll find free WiFi in public areas.

Attractions within a short walk of this Sydney Central Business District hotel include Hyde Park and Queen Victoria Building.

Double Room, Ensuite Bathroom

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Criterion Hotel Sydney ratings based on 68 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
2.2 out of 5 2.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 2.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 3.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 2.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 2.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Criterion Hotel Sydney

Everyone (59) Couples (3) Students (4) Family (1) Other (1)
1 out of 5

Really bad

The room stunk of urine. The bathrooms were dirty. No access to a fridge

Posted by , from sydney on 27 Jun. 2018

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3 out of 5
I recently stayed at the Megaboom Hotel and the facilities were superior to the Criterion and it was cheaper. The was not even a towel rail to hang wet towels on; no anywhere to hang clothing. The one chair provided became a multi-use tool. Positives are location, close to the Town Hall station and nightlife; easy checkin and checkout was a breeze.

Posted by on 26 Jun. 2018

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3 out of 5

You get what you pay for.

Pros: Location. Cheap.
Cons: Everything could be improved.
You get what you pay for and I didn't pay much for the location.

Posted by , from NZ on 18 Jun. 2018

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2 out of 5
Ensuite floor disgusting and the place was dirty. When I arrived we had to move bags of linen to get up the stairs. Broken door on shower. The only positive was clean sheets. I’ve stayed in plenty of pub stays and this was the most run down I’ve seen. Thank God my wife wasn’t with me as she wouldn’t have used the ensuite.

Posted by , from Sydney on 30 May 2018

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1 out of 5
The shower was filthy, there was no basin in the toilets and the General S tate of cleanliness was extremely bad. The room overlooked Park St and, apart from being noise affected, “rattled” whenever trucks went by. One of the worst places we have ever stayed in EVER.

Posted by , from Sydney AU on 27 May 2018

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2 out of 5
Pros: - Convenient location only a block from Town Hall Train Station. Cons: - Street noise is constant; car horns, sirens, doors banging, most of the night. - Communal bathroom and toilet up the hallway. - Bathroom in particular was unclean, uninviting and everything was damp. Light didn't work.

Posted by , from Victoria, Australia on 14 May 2018

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2 out of 5
Dirty and broken toilets. Corridors smelled terribly. Pictures on the website are diceiving. Staff was very friendly. Linen and towels were clean.

Posted by on 11 May 2018

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3 out of 5

Comfy beds with terrible bathrooms

The room was surprisingly nice with comfortable mattresses, air conditioning and a ceiling fan. Not so nice were the disgusting showers and toilets. If you're staying here spend the extra money on an ensuite room, once you see the state of the shared bathrooms you won't regret it.

Posted by , from Newcastle on 9 Apr. 2018

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1 out of 5

Don't stay here!

Pros: Nothing
Cons: Everything
Location: Locate is ok
The worst hotel ever. The bathrooms, showers and toilets have never been cleaned - shared bathroom. YUK!

Posted by on 8 Mar. 2018

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2 out of 5

poor hotel but central and close to transport opti

Pros: its proximity to transport options
Cons: a VISIT BY HEALTH AND SAFETY OFFICERS would find multiple reasons to have the acommodation brought up to a reasonable standard
Location: very central location
totally disappointing level of ammenities, and those provided were sub standard

Posted by on 3 Mar. 2018

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Property Features

There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. WiFi is free in public spaces.

  • 19 guestrooms or units
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


  • Airport: Sydney, NSW (SYD-Kingsford Smith Intl.) (11.5 km / 7.2 mi)
  • Train station: Sydney Central Station (1.4 km / 0.9 mi)
  • Metro station: Town Hall Station (0.2 km / 0.1 mi)
  • Parking:

Room Amenities

Criterion Hotel Sydney offers 19 forms of air-conditioned accommodation with coffee/tea makers and a ceiling fan. Beds feature premium bedding. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Bathrooms include a combined bath/shower unit. Housekeeping is provided on a limited basis.

  • Coffee maker
  • Luxury bedding
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Housekeeping (limited)
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan

Food & Drink

Criterion Hotel Sydney has a restaurant on site.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Special check-in instructions:

There is no front desk at this property. To make arrangements for check-in, please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation.

This property does not have a front desk. To arrange for check-in, guests must contact the property in advance of arrival using the information on the booking confirmation.


  • Check-out by 10:00 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.


  • No pets allowed


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges. No on-site parking is available.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cots (infant beds) available


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • On-site credit card charges are subject to a surcharge

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Criterion Hotel Sydney
  • Criterion Sydney