Want the beaches and beauty of Sydney but don't want to pay through the nose? You're in luck. Sydney has a long backpacker tradition and there are some choice budget motels available in Sydney Central and at the beaches.
Here's a few of the best budget hotels and motels available in Sydney:
CITY RESORT HOTEL, WOOLLOOMOOLOO
This is hostel accommodation much loved by the backpacker crowd or those on a budget. It's in Woolloomooloo which is a good place for cheap eats, bars and clubs. This hotel has a great cosy atmosphere. For a budget hotel, it has a lot of extra value elements going its way. You can meet friends easily here with the computer zone, the free movie night with free popcorn and you can help yourself to the complimentary tea, coffee and bread available in the common hang out area. There is even a free pick-up service from the airport if you are staying three nights or more.
HOME BACKPACKERS, CHINATOWN
This budget motel is a short walk from Central Station. There are all types of accommodation from 4-6 bed dormitories with bunkbeds to double rooms and even a nice double ensuite. They have parties each night, a comfortable lounge area and regular communal activities such as a movie night or BBQ evening. There is a free bus into the other side of town right outside the hostel.
VULCAN HOTEL, CITY AREA
Far more modern and newer in design that Home Backpackers or the City Resort Hotel, the Vulcan Hotel is close to the Central Business District. Internet access is available in every room plus laptop hire. There's a great little courtyard for chilling out at night with a book and a glass of red. Good choice if you're looking for a budget motel with style
Modern, well-priced (from around $90) and walking distance to Darling Harbour, Chinatown and Hyde park. You know what you are getting from a Travelodge...whether that's a good or bad thing that's up to you!
ARTS HOTEL, OXFORD STREET, PADDINGTON
In the arty bustle of Oxford Street is the Arts Hotel. The Paddington area is filled with cinemas, art galleries, cute coffee shop, bookstores and many other interesting hang outs. The airport shuttle stops right by the hotel. There's a swimming pool, courtyard, gym and complimentary internet booths. If you like to tour the city by bike, there are complimentary bicycles on offer. A guided tour is available too.
DEVERE HOTEL, Kings Cross/Potts Point
Pretty hotel on the corner in the posh area of Potts Point. It's a little quieter here, so this is not the choice if you want to be in the heart of things. There are still lovely restaurants within walking distance too and buses/taxis to the city center are very affordable. King's Cross subway is 4 minutes walk away. Well known for its friendly staff and the rooms are quite spacey.