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Sydney Hotels on a Shoestring Budget – A Solo Travel Report

By Paul Hayden

If you're staying in Sydney Australia on a shoestring budget, you might consider some of the following high quality, less expensive hotel and motel options.

Y on the Park. The YWCA's inner city hotel offers choices ranging from dorm style to deluxe, studio, and corporate rooms as well as comfort, convenience, and affordability. Located right in the heart of Sydney's central business district (CBD), Y on the Park is within walking distance of some of the city's best restaurants, cafés, nightlife, and attractions such as Hyde Park, which houses the Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Nearby Oxford Street is home to specialty antique, fashion, book, and gift shops, including the Paddington Market Bazaar on Saturdays, with stalls selling everything from gourmet foods to hand-crafted gift and decorative items, to trendy clothing, to native plants and flowers. The Market also features live entertainment. For trips to outlying areas, the Museum railway station is handy.

Leisure Inn Barclay Hotel. Located on Bayswater Road, right by Kings Cross, the Barclay is less than ten minutes from both the central business district and Paddington. With air-conditioned standard and family rooms, the Leisure Inn Barclay has been noted for its friendly staff. One guest even called it "a gem of a find!" Within walking distance to Oxford Street's famous pubs, restaurants, and nightlife, the Leisure Inn Barclay still offers easy access to trains, buses, and taxis. In fact a bus stop is right outside the front door. Many of the restaurants in the area are ethnic and include Italian, Indonesian, Vietnamese, and several Mediterranean cuisines. If you want to find out what the locals enjoy, you can find some of their favorite pubs near the residential area of Paddington. Just off Oxford and east of Paddington town is one of the best places to look for daytime cafés and pub restaurants. On the other hand, if you're looking for entertainment after your lunch or supper, check out the Fox Studios or the Australian Centre for Photography. Exciting sporting events happen at the Sydney Cricket Ground and the Aussie Stadium, and Paddington's two cinemas often offer foreign or independent films.

The Crest Hotel is another city center hotel just a short walk from Paddington and Oxford Street areas. Also a "budget" hotel with fairly high customer ratings, it offers air-conditioned standard rooms, as well as some with a view of lovely Sydney Harbor. It provides laundry facilities, a spa, pool, and even massages. One customer classified the hotel as "value for money," and its convenient location is one of its biggest values – close to the popular shops and restaurants and also right next to the Kings Cross train station.

The Acacia Lodge, a budget hotel located in Surrey Hills, is only minutes from the CBD and most of the landmarks of downtown Sydney. Only a 20-minute walk to Oxford Street, the Acacia Lodge offers both en suite rooms and those with shared facilities. It overlooks Moore Park and its golf course and has easy access to the Sydney Showground and Fox Studios, as well as Aussie Stadium, and the Sydney Cricket Grounds.

Whether you're interested in exploring the exciting nightlife of Oxford Street, the fun shops in Paddington, or you need quick access to the CBD, Sydney offers a wide range of budget hotels.

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