The next time you’re visiting Sydney, don’t be tempted to head to the cheap hotels.
They’re the last bastion of a once vibrant industry that once supplied hotels and motels in Sydney’s outer suburbs.
While the industry has been in decline for a number of years, there are some key points that need to be made about the cheap hotel sector.
First, they don’t have to pay a flat rate for the room.
In fact, a cheap hotel room can cost as little as $10 per night.
And you can book up to six nights in a hotel for $90 per night per person.
“The best hotels are free to use and charge a flat rates for the nights you stay there,” says Sydney-based hotel and motel specialist, Chris McEwan.
“It’s a very efficient and very cost-effective way to maximise your occupancy,” he says.
“Most hotels offer breakfast or lunch as part of their breakfast and lunch packages.
They also have a complimentary breakfast for the first night you stay.”
This is particularly valuable if you have a kid or a baby in tow.
If your hotel does not offer this option, McEwen recommends book online.
“A lot of hotels do, but there are also some that do not,” he adds.
“They don’t charge you for breakfast and don’t give you a discount on breakfast.”
If you’re staying in a cheap motel, Mc Ewan says you can make your own meals for the rooms breakfast and dinner, and they’re usually served with some extra.
“You can have a salad or a side of fruit and a drink if you want, or you can bring a bowl of soup for the kids and they can share it with you,” he advises.
“We like to cook our own meals and we like to have breakfast and coffee together.”
“It is a really convenient way to stay in the city and stay in hotels for as little or as much as you like,” says Andrew Meehan, a Sydney-born hotel and motel manager.
“In the past, it was a luxury.
Now, it’s a real luxury.”
McEgan also points out that hotels have become more inclusive.
“There are many hotels that have their own staff and they all know each other’s names, so you can walk in and chat to them.
There’s a lot more inclusivity now.”
Another key point to remember about cheap hotels is that the rooms can be booked online, which makes it easy to book a room for as few as a couple of nights and a whole week.
“If you want to stay a few nights in Sydney, you can, and you can do it for as low a rate as you want,” McEuan says.
If you need to book more than one room, McIwan suggests that you book on a first come first served basis.
“So, if you’re looking to stay at one hotel, you have to book one hotel first,” he explains.
“Then you can go to another hotel and you’ll get one hotel’s rooms, and then you can then go to the other hotel.”
In the past five years, the hotel industry has seen a huge increase in the number of hotel rooms booked online.
The industry is now valued at $7.4 billion.
“Now, we are a little bit on the up-and-up, but I think it’s in a good place,” McIhan says.
The key to making sure that you get a good night’s stay in a budget is to book online and do not book on weekends.
Mc Egan also advises booking your room on a Saturday. “
For me, if I have a booking in advance, I do my booking in a couple weeks and then I can book it for the weekend.”
Mc Egan also advises booking your room on a Saturday.
“On a Saturday, I’ll book a hotel that has a lot fewer guests.
So, I usually do two nights, one on Saturday and one on Sunday,” he said.
“Also, if the hotel has a large breakfast room, I would probably book that one, too.”
McIuan also recommends checking your hotel’s rates for breakfast.
“Some hotels have a very reasonable breakfast breakfast,” he explained.
“Sometimes they can get a little pricey.”
If your room isn’t available online, you might also want to check the availability of the hotel’s pool.
“At the moment, there’s not really much available for a pool,” Mc Iwan said.
“[But] you can try and book a couple rooms and get a few of the rooms, then you could try and get it in the weekend if it’s really available.”
In addition to hotel room availability, Mc Iwaes is a big fan of having your own