Five hotels in Sydney that offer free Wi-Fi

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Five hotels in Sydney that offer free Wi-Fi

Heading to Sydney for business? Here are five hotels that offer free Wi-Fi in Sydney.

Where can you stay in Sydney where the Wi-Fi doesn't cost an extra arm and a leg? It's not uncommon for hotels in Australia to charge between $15 for just one hour to $30 for 24 hours of Wi-Fi.

But we have found five hotels in Sydney that offer free Wi-Fi, or Wi-Fi that is built into the accomodation charge.

In our experience it is the bigger hotel chains that are more likely to charge for Wi-Fi (though there are some that do not). On the other hand, independant and small hotels are also more likely not to include Ethernet connections in our experience (something to keep in mind if you prefer the reliability of a wired connection).

Here are a few points to be aware of:

  • All hotels in the list below claimed to have no data and time limits
  • Hotel staff and upper management from all of the hotels we spoke with could not answer whether their complimentary Wi-Fi supports VPN connections. If you need to access your work network this way, we suggest taking your own wireless broadband modem with you.
  • In our experience, we have found hotel staff often can't answer specific questions about the Internet service the hotel offers. Of course this is just our experience, you might find hotel staff who are better informed about this.

Below are five hotels in Sydney that we found offering free Wi-Fi. To give you a range of prices, we have included two five star hotels as well as some cheaper hotels.

Note: we haven't tested the services in each of these hotels. The aim here is not to review and recommend hotels - our aim is to let you know which hotels we have come across that advertise free Wi-Fi. This isn't a complete list - there may well be other hotels in Sydney that also offer free Wi-Fi. If enough people ask for it, we will consider a followup article looking at other hotels.

You can also see our other lists of hotels with free Wi-Fi in Melbourne and hotels with free Wi-Fi in Brisbane.

The Sydney Hotels

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

The Radisson is a five star hotel located right in the middle of the city centre with a short walk from Darling Harbour and the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

The staff at the Radisson claimed to not have any limits on the amount of data guests can use with their complimentary Wi-Fi, as was the case with all of the hotels in our list.

Both the Radisson and the Amora hotel are the only two on the list that offer in-room hard-wired Ethernet connection, which is also complimentary. Room rates start from $200.

Amora Hotel Jamison

The Amora is a five star rated hotel and within walking distance from Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House.

In room Ethernet connection is available and the staff claimed that quicker connection speeds are on offer when guests connect via the in-room Ethernet that is also complimentary.

There is no restriction on the number of devices that you can connect to the Wi-Fi and the hotel interestingly uses a code-based system to manage multiple connections.  Devices are each assigned a unique Wi-Fi code and we were told that guests could request as many codes as needed from front desk.

Out of all of the hotels we spoke with, we found the staff at the Amora particularly knowledgeable with regards to the Wi-Fi on offer. Room rates start at $230.

Best Western Plus Hotel Stellar

Situated in the heart of the Sydney CBD, the Best Western Plus is 4 star rated hotel located 80 meters from Hyde Park and Oxford Street and within walking distance to the Central Railway Station.

Staff knowledge of the Wi-Fi setup was particularly lacking with our basic questions relating to data limits and speeds for example had to be put through to three different staff members and then finally a call back from upper management to get all of our questions answered.

Like most of the other hotels listed, there is no Ethernet available in the rooms and guests can connect multiple devices to the free Wi-Fi. Rates start from $140.

Posh Hotel

The curiously named Posh Hotel is a low cost boutique hotel that is a stone’s throw away to Chinatown, George Street and Sydney CBD.

As with all of the hotels listed, it offers free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel without any data limits.

While the staff couldn’t provide speed estimates of the connection, they did say that there were 3 Wi-Fi hotspots servicing 16 rooms, so hopefully network congestion shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Staff told us they hadn't received any complaints from guests about Wi-Fi speed.

In-room Ethernet connection is not available and there is no restriction on the number of devices that you can connect to the Wi-Fi. Rates start from $109.

Central Station Hotel

The Central Station is a budget hotel that offers the best location in the list if your after close access to Sydney CBD and the Central Railway station both of which are located just 300 meters from the hotel.  

As with most of the other hotels listed, there is no Ethernet available in the rooms and guests can connect multiple devices to the free Wi-Fi. Rates start from $99.

The Hotels and Wi-Fi terms

 

The table below is a summary of the Wi-Fi options and room rates for the five hotels above.
 
As we always say, check with the hotel first before making any bookings - inclusions may have changed since the time of writing.

 

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

Central Station Hotel

Best Western Plus Hotel Stellar

Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney

Posh Hotel

Summary of Wi-Fi terms

Free Wi-Fi throughout hotel

Free Wi-Fi throughout hotel

Free Wi-Fi throughout hotel

Free Wi-Fi throughout hotel

Free Wi-Fi throughout hotel

Data limit

None

None

None

None

None

Speed limit

None

None

None

None

None 

Time limit

None

None

None

None

None

Location limit?

All guest rooms and public areas

All guest rooms and public areas

All guest rooms and public areas

All guest rooms and public areas

Accessible in all guest rooms, not available in the lobby.

Must be loyalty program member for free access?

No

No

No

No

No

VPN access?

?

?

?

?

?

Ethernet option?

Cable supplied in room

No

No

Cable supplied in room. Staff claims that the hard-wired option offers quicker internet speeds.

No

Other restrictions/notes?

-Guest may use multiple devices.

- No complaints received from guests regarding speeds

-Guest may use multiple devices.

- No complaints received from guests regarding speeds

- Guest may connect multiple devices

-Front desk not much clue about anything to do with computers

-Guest may use multiple devices using a code-based system. Devices are each assigned a unique Wi-Fi code; guests can request as many codes as needed from front-desk.

- Front desk staff seemed quite knowledgeable re Wi-Fi setup

-Guests may use multiple devices.  

- Reasonable number of Access Points - 3 Access Points shared amongst 16 rooms

Address

27 O’Connell Street Sydney NSW 2000

75 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney

4 Wentworth Ave Sydney

11 Jamison Street, Sydney

8-14 Broadway, Chippendale Sydney

Phone

(02) 8214 0000

(02) 9212 1005

(02) 9264 9754

(02) 9696 2500

(02) 9213 0966

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