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The venue for the Congress (the Telstra Theatre, Corner George and King Street, Sydney) is well located for accommodation. There are 20 hotels within 500 metres of the venue, and a further 200 hotels, short-stay apartments and hostels within a radius of 2 kilometres.


Accommodation in Sydney ranges from the ultra-luxury 6-star hotel through to the very basic back-packers hostel. Most of the possible places to stay are listed on this page and marked on a map of the city. We have identified the hotels and short-stay apartments that are closest to the venue, and they appear below.

The ICV organisers sought to negotiate a conference rate for delegates at one or more nearby hotels, but we were not successful. Most hotels in Sydney are able to be booked on-line directly or through various internet hotel-booking sites, with many offering on-line special deals that can be lower than the rate quoted for corporates and conferences, especially close to the dates of stay. The main on-line hotel services that have extensive lists of Sydney hotels are: www.trivago.com.au (which does comparisons with other on-line hotel sites); www.agoda.com; www.tripadvisor.com.au; www.expedia.com.au; www.wotif.com; au.hotels.com; www.hotel.com.au; www.booking.com; www.wego.com.au; and www.hotelscombined.com.au (which also does multi-site comparisons).

We recommend that ICV26 participants should book their hotels about 6 - 10 weeks prior to the Congress for the best pricing, though an earlier booking ensures availability of the preferred room type. Some of the normal high priced hotels are currently offering advanced purchase rates up to 30 days prior to date of arrival that represent significant discounts on the normal standard room rates. Some of the small low-cost hotels and pubs with rooms have very limited capacity, and they should be booked as early as practical.

Accommodation in Sydney is relatively expensive compared to much of the United States and Europe, though prices are comparable to hotels in the inner-city areas of most European capital cities and similar large international cities. There is cheaper accommodation and we have a separate section on low-cost options. However, as is the case everywhere, price and quality are aligned and the lower priced accommodation is generally priced to match the quality of the rooms, as much as for the lack of a premium for location.

There are a number of self-service apartment buildings which are ideal for a 1-week stay, and rooms vary from 1-bedroom studios to 2 bedroom suites suitable for sharing - all the comforts of the quality hotels, but no room-services. These can be suitable for shared-stay arrangements between participants. There are also several "pubs-with-rooms", which are the closest accommodations style to the "bed-and-breakfast" in the Sydney CBD, which until the last 10 years had almost no residential housing.

The ICV26 organisers are not in a position to "recommend" specific hotels and the information is provided in good faith, but may have some inaccuracies or changes occur prior to August 2015. The approximate room costs are for a room with a double or twin bed, ensuite, without breakfast, including taxes. Prices will be quoted inclusive of GST (VAT) and there are no state or local accommodation taxes. Hotels may have a surcharge for use of a credit card, with Amex cards usually at a higher fee. The estimated room costs are based on test bookings direct to each hotel website in early March 2015 and the prices may be for a limited numbers of rooms. Most hotels have highly variable pricing based on day of week, time of year and period before booking, and the same room can be charged differently through different sales channels. Generally pricing is for the room - irrespective of occupancy by one or two people.

The Sydney Convention Centre in Darling Harbour closed Dec 2013 for redevelopment and will not reopen until late 2016. This has disrupted the Sydney accommodation market to a small extent but it appears that availability and pricing rooms is little changed. Sydney is in the process of building a Light Rail line (tram) and it's route will go along George Street, past the venue. This will disrupt buses along George Street, but work will not commence until 23 October 2015, which will avoid the access problems to and from accommodation in the southern part of the city until after the ICV.

Many ICV participants like to stay at hotels that other participants are staying at. For this reason we have designated some "ICV26 preferred hotels" in a range of price levels, though we have not been able to arrange a discount deal for multiple bookings that have applied at some prior ICVs.



  Hotel Name (with hyper link to hotel booking page)

Approximate Room Cost per night

  Higher priced hotels:    
  The Grace Hotel

77 York Street (corner of Clarence, King and York Streets)

Location of Welcome Drinks and Canberra bus pick-up

$225 (advance purchase)

Swissótel Sydney
68 Market Street (corner George & Market Streets, above Myer Department Store) $215 (advance Purchase)
  Mid-priced hotels:    
  Travelodge Phillip St (TFE Hotel) 165 Phillip Steet (between King Street & Martin Place) $151 (advance purchase)
  Travelodge Wynyard (TFE Hotel) 7 York Street (corner York & Grosvenor Streets) $144 (advance Purchase)

Commercial Travellers Association Club

Corner Martin Place & Pitt Street (entrance from lower level MLC Centre) (book direct to club only with online email)(say you are a guest of Ron Strachan - contact us for his member number)

$143 - $165

Break Free on Clarence (ex City Hotel)

193-195 Clarence Street (near King St)

$125 (advance Purchase)
  Self-serviced short-stay apartments:  
  Medina Serviced Apartments, Martin Place (TFE Hotels) 1 Hosking Place (lane behind Martin Place, access via Pitt Street) $212 (advance purchase)
  Metro Apartments on King 27 King Street (south corner of King & Sussex Streets) $204 (advance purchase)
  Low-priced hotels:    
  Hotel Coronation (pub-with-rooms, ensuite bathroom, recently renovated) 5 Park Street (corner George St)(book direct to hotel only) $109 - 136
  The Grand Hotel (pub-with-rooms, shared bathroom) 30 Hunter Street (near Pitt Street) $95 - $105
  Criterion Hotel (pub-with-rooms, mostly shared bathroom, some ensuite) Corner Pitt & Park Streets $85 - $103

The Occidental (pub-with-rooms, mostly shared bathroom)

43 York Street (corner Erskine St)(book direct to hotel only)

$85 - $95
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  Higher priced hotels:    
  Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel 27 O'Connell Street (corner Pitt & Hunter Streets) $261 (advance purchase)
  The Castlereagh Boutique Hotel 169 Castlereagh Street (between Park & Market Streets) $243 (average)
Mantra 2 Bond Street
2 Bond Street (corner George Street) $235 - $299 ($277 avge)

Mantra on Kent

433 Kent Street (between Market & Druitt Streets)

$230 - $285 ($265 avge)

  Amora Jamison Hotel 11 Jamison Street (off George St) $230 (advance purchase)
  Four Seasons Sydney 199 George Street (corner Essex St) $229 (advance purchase)
  PARKROYAL Darling Harbour (ex Crowne Plaza) 150 Day Street (off Bathurst St near Sussex St) $229 (advance purchase)
  The Menzies Sydney [Accor] 14 Carrington Street (corner Margaret & Carrington Streets, above Wynyard underground rail station) $228 (advance purchase)
  IBIS World Square 382 Pitt Street (near corner Goulburn St) $226 (advance purchase)
  Park8 Hotel 185 Castlereagh Street (corner Park St) $222 (advance purchase)
  Sofitel Sydney Wentworth[Accor] 61 Phillip Street (near Bent St) $221 (advance purchase)
  Pullman Sydney Hyde Park 36 College Street (corner Francis St.) $217 (advance purchase)
  Rydges World Square Sydney 389 Pitt Street (corner Liverpool St) $206 (advance purchase)
  Mid-priced hotels:    
  Hyde Park Inn 271 Elizabeth St (near Liverpool St) $197 (best average)
  Seasons Harbour Plaza 252 Sussex Street (corner Druitt St) $192 (advance purchase)
  BreakFree on George 653 George St (corner of Hay St) $186 (advance purchase)
  Hotel Ibis Sydney, Kings Street Wharf(Accor) 22 Shelley Street (corner of Erskine & Sussex Streets, access via Erskine St, which continues under the freeway) $173 (advance purchase)
  Metro Hotel on Pitt 300 Pitt Street (near Bathurst Streets) $165 (best average)
  Ibis Sydney Darling Harbour [Accor] 70 Murray Street, Darling Harbour $161 (advance purchase)
  Best Western Plus - Hotel Stellar 4 Wentworth Avenue (corner Wemyss Lane, near Oxford St) $161 (advance purchase)
  Rendezvous Sydney The Rocks [TFE Hotel] 75 Harrington Street, The Rocks $157 (advance purchase)
  Oaks Hyde Park Plaza 38 College Street (corner Oxford St) $152 (advance purchase)
  York by Swiss-Belhotel 5 York Street (near Grosvenor St) $149 (advance purchase)
  Y Hotel Hyde Park 5-11 Wentworth Avenue (corner Commonwealth St)(YWCA - mixed accomodation - single, double, triple with shared bathroom or ensuite) $100 (single share bath),$150 (ensuite)
  Sydney Boulevard Hotel 90 Williams Street (corner Crown St) $146 (advance purchase)
  VIBE Hotel [TFE Hoteles] 111 Goulburn Street (corner Elizabeth St) $142 (advance purchase)
  Russell Hotel 142A George Street, The Rocks (single room, shared bathroom) $135 (advance purchase)
  Capitol Square Rydges Cnr George & Campbell Streets $130 (advance purchase)
  Low-priced hotels:    
  The Australian Heritage Hotel (pub-with-rooms B&B, shared bathroom) 100 Cumberland Street, The Rocks (corner Gloucester St)

$121 (advance purchase)(includes continental breakfast)

  Travelodge Sydney (TFE Hotel) 27 Wentworth Avenue $116 (advance purchase)
  City Lodge 15-17 Hunter street (Level 2, no lift, poor reviews) $114 (advance purchase)
  The Mercantile Hotel(pub-with-rooms mostly shared bathroom, some ensuite) 25 George Street, The Rocks (corner Gloucester Walk) $98 (single), $143 (double)

Ibis Budget Sydney East [Accor] (ex Formule 1)

191 William Street, Kings Cross (Queen + Bunk bed) $90 (advance purchase)
  Crown Hotel (pub-with-rooms mostly shared bathroom, some ensuite) 160 Elizabeth Stret, (corner Goulburn)(book direct to hotel only) $66 (single), $88 (single ensuite), $99 double ens.)
  Siesta Inn Sydney 301 Kent Street (near corner Erskine St). Hostel - mostly single beds in shared dormitories (shared bathroom), some Queen room (shared bathroom)(link goes to Booking.com) $50 (single), $80 (Queen)
  YHA Sydney Harbour 110 Cumberland Street (youth hostel - 4 or 6 share room with private bathroom, or double room with bathroom)(harbour views from roof-top terrace) $48 (4 shared room with bathroom), $160 (double room with bathroom)
  Self-serviced short-stay apartments:  
  Metro Apartments on Darling Harbour 132 Sussex Street (north corner of King & Sussex Streets) $227 (advance purchase)
  Oaks on Castlereagh (ex Regis) 317 Castlereagh Street (corner Campbell St) $218 (advance purchase)
  Quest World Square 2 Cunningham Street (Corner Goulburn St - opposite World Sqaure) $215 (best average)
  Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney, Harbourside (TFE Hotels) 55 Shelley Street (access via pedestrian footbridge above freeway from corner King & Sussex Streets, or Erskine St.) $181 (advance purchase)
  AeA Bridgeport 38 Bridge Street (corner Loftus St)(studio price) $165 (best average)
  Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney (TFE Hotels)(ex Medina Grand) 511 Kent Street (corner Bathurst Street) $158 (best average)
  Park Regis City Centre 27 Park Street $157 (advance purchase)
  Napoleon on Kent

219 Kent Street (corner Margaret and Napoleon Streets) (close to Barangaroo construction site and motorway flyover)

$128 (advance purchase)
  Location Map:    


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The above map excludes the following high cost hotels which are in the area:

QT Sydney, Sheraton on the Park, Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour, The Westin Sydney, Hilton Sydney, Park Hyatt Sydney,

Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour, Marriott Sydney Harbour Hotel, Establishmnet Hotel, Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour,

Sir Stamford at Circular Quay, The Langham (ex The Observatory), InterContinental Sydney, Holiday Inn Old Sydney and Shangri-La Sydney

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