Hotel Royal Exhibition

86-88 Chalmers Street Sydney2010Australia
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About Hotel Royal Exhibition

Centrally located, the 1870s Hotel Royal Exhibition building has undergone a number of upgrading projects to keep it up to date with current guest requirements. There is a friendly Victorian-themed pub and Central Railway Station is about 400 metres away.

The 13 rooms are en suite, with an LCD TV, refrigerator, and tea and coffee facilities found in each. Upgraded quarters include antique furnishings and a marble bathroom.

Services include safe facilities and assistance excursion plans. Wi-Fi is free and there is a popular rooftop terrace for guests to enjoy.

Lunch and dinner menus feature traditional favourites and are available in the bistro, along with cocktails, beer, and wine choices. The pub offers TV sports and a beer garden. Just 200 metres way, Frothy is a great choice for breakfast and a cup of Joe.

Classic live entertainment is half a kilometre from the hotel at Belvoir Street Theatre. Darling Harbour and Sydney Tower Eye are both approximately two kilometres away.


86-88 Chalmers Street , Sydney, 2010, Australia
Telephone: +61(2)96982607 | Fax: +61(2)83990357 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • WiFi in lobby
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • Hotel bar
  • Lift
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Central heating
  • Desk
  • Electric kettle
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Room safe
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms


  • Wheelchair accessible

For children

  • Child / Baby cot

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 14:00
  • Check-out: 10:00

Positive Reviews

Close to the Station

Practically the hotel is close to the central train station and number of reviews focused on this proximity as being the highlight of their stay as it was very convenient to get around Sydney.

Good Amenities and Reasonably Priced

Some guests commented that for the price paid for the room that it provided a reasonable level of amenity and they were happy with the value that it added to their trip.  In particular, the double glazed windows which blocked out the majority of the street noise were appreciated.

Nice Staff

The staff at the hotel were positively reviewed by previous guests. Some guests even met the owners of the property who it seems were very friendly and knowledgeable about the Sydney.

Negative Reviews

Some Renovation Disruption

Some guests stayed during a time that minor renovations were being undertaken by the hotel, with some reporting strong paint smells which negatively impacted their stay.  Some guests welcomed the renovation but suggested that work extended to fixing broken appliances, fixtures and fittings which they encountered during their stay.

Ordinary Check-in

A number of guests mentioned the perplexing process to check-in to the hotel which is not in a usual reception or lobby area but through a door in the public bar.  Some guests who needed to check-in during non-standard hours also left negative reviews as they found it difficult and a hassle to be ushered through to the bar.

Inconsistent Air-conditioning

Some rooms have air-conditioning and some do not in this hotel. Guests who found themselves in a non-air conditioned room were not at all impressed as they could not get comfortable in the heat of the Australian summer.

Rating Overview

Rating trivago Rating Index based on 615 reviews across the web
7.7 /10
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    7.7 /10
7.7 out of 10 based on 615 reviews