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About Shakespeare Hotel


Shakespeare Hotel is a charming budget accommodation that was built in 1879, offering guests a great option with an interesting and unique style. Situated in the heart of Surry Hills, Shakespeare Hotel occupies a great location for nightlife, dining, and trendy shopping. The property is also near such culturally-rich attractions as Belvoir St Theatre, Ray Hughes Gallery, and Brett Whiteley Studio. The city center is just a mere kilometer away and the airport can be reached within 15 minutes. Shakespeare Hotel is famous for its on-site pub, a true Sydney classic often packed with locals who come to enjoy the cold beer and pub meals. Patrons can dine in the main dining room featuring leather armchairs, oversized timber tables, and Victorian lamps that give it special character. The guest rooms are adorned with vintage wardrobes, lamps, chairs, lush bedspreads, rich wallpaper, and classical-style paintings. While the style is vintage, the property offers modern conveniences like air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and Wi-Fi access. Step into another time and enjoy a unique stay at Shakespeare Hotel.
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Hotel Facilities

  • ATM/cash machine on site
  • bar
  • lockers
  • luggage storage
  • restaurant
  • shared kitchen
  • shared lounge/TV area
  • smoking area
  • vending machine


  • Wi-Fi in public areas
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Reception is open from 10:00 AM to 11:30 PM. Guests arriving outside these hours are requested to contact the property directly prior to arrival so alternative arrangements can be made.

The property is not recommended for the elderly or those with young children as it is located in the nightlife center and may be noisy during the night.

Child and extra bed policy
Infant 0-1 year(s) Stay for free if using existing bedding. Note, if you need a cot there may be an extra charge.
Children 2-3 year(s) Must use an extra bed
  • Guests over 3 years old are considered as adults.
  • Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose, please check the individual room policy for more details.
When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
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Useful info

Check-In From: 01:00 PM
Check-Out Until: 10:00 AM
Distance from City Center: 1.0 Km
Number of Restaurants: 1
Number of Rooms : 6
Reception Open Until: 11:30 PM
Time to Airport (Minutes): 10
Year Hotel Built: 1879
Year Hotel Last Renovated: 2012
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3.7 Stephen H.
United Kingdom
June 22, 2015
Disgustingly dirty
The food is good quality
I could talk about the surliness of the staff, being woken up by the so-called cleaners at 6am everyday, the peeling wallpaper, the cobwebs, dirty bathroom tiles, broken taps, or blown lightbulbs but it's the following that makes this place the most abysmal place I've stayed in: On the floor by the bed was a $10 note and a used sanitary towel. The towel was disgusting enough but the $10 is a true testament to the lackadaisical performance of the cleaners.

7.3 eugene G.
March 06, 2015
Good location
location, service and staff
Fair to mild

5.7 Humiski J.
March 09, 2015
not that good
there is a bar in the grand floor,convinient
couldn't find reception,take me long time to figure out,they just bar tender.need share the toilet and bathroom. after midnight no one work at hotel.

7.3 eugene G.
February 05, 2015
Extremely well situated plus efficient staff
Location, efficient staff and

10 deane F.
New Zealand
January 19, 2015
Best atmosphere
The decor, the burgers. Surry Hills
So good, will definitely be back,

6.7 dennis C.
New Zealand
January 06, 2015
odd question?
food and staff location
maintenance was very poor, taps leaking or falling off, light bulbs blowing constantly, milk was off by the self service coffee area. draws were dirty lights in room didn't work only one shower area.

6.3 Wallace M.
October 30, 2014
Canadian retirees first Aussie visit
Pleasant staff, goos food, convenient location
Location near Central and buses suited us, and the friendly staff were very helpful. However,if a facility is a hostel, don't call it a hotel. Our four day stay saw no bed-making, garbage service, nor any cleaning. Not quite what we expected, but because of convenience, we have booked another stay prior to departure.

4.3 Jeanie R.
September 29, 2014
never again
shower - disgusting room smelly bedding smelled of past customers cigarettes floor in toilet was sticky

8 Marilyn J.
September 13, 2014
Central and easy to get around Sydney CBD
Comfortable bed. Central to city and Surry hills. Meals other than breakfast available at reasonable price.
Comfortable stay at my own pace. I stayed 5 days, room not serviced, think most are short stays. Close to other restaurants, shops, Central station and walking( it does take a bit of time) to CBD. The rooms are on the 2nd floor and above the hotel and restaurant so be prepared to hear some noise till it closes about 11pm and people outside smoking as non-smoking inside. No lift so be easy on the luggage weight as you are the one that is going to carry it up 2 flights of stairs. Over all a good experience back in time as the rooms are themed.

8.7 Daniel H.
June 18, 2014
Perfect. Warm. Fun. Loads of personality.
Between, the great room, the excellent bar downstairs, the amazing pub food on offer, the price and it's location: close to everything you need in Sydney. It can't be beat.
Perfect. Loved every second. Would come back in a heartbeat.