The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
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The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel

Cnr Kent and Argyle Sts. The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia
Reputed to be the oldest hotel in Sydney
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4.5
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4.7 of 5 bubbles
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4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4.2 of 5 bubbles
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Sydneys Oldest Continually Licensed Hotel and Microbrewery. Brewers of fine natural ales, purveyors of delicious pub and restaurant fare and boutique accommodation. Established 1841.
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Street parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Wine / champagne
Non-smoking hotel
Room features
Air conditioning
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Centrally Located
Romantic

Location

Cnr Kent and Argyle Sts. The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia
Getting there
Great for walkers
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Sydney Airport
Circular Quay
10 minSydney Trains
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11 minSydney Trains
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John H wrote a review Feb 2020
Montgomery Village, Maryland128 contributions45 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Lord Nelson is in a beautiful old sandstone block building in the heart of The Rocks section of Sydney. The roomy and inviting bar on the first floor is open and roomy. Casual and friendly, the Nelson offers some excellent beers, we tried the Victory Bitters and Three Sheets ale…both were great examples of Aussie dedication to craft brewing. They brew right on the premises, and the freshness shows in the glass.
We also grabbed a brisket sandwich to share and it was excellent as well. Lots of flavor and excellent fries (or chips).
The Lord Nelson is Sydney and Australia’s oldest hotel from 1841. The walls are loaded with historical pictures, photos and memorabilia, so look around while you enjoy great Aussie brew.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Jasmine X, Other at The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
Responded 23 Feb 2020
Thank you very much for joining us John. Glad you enjoyed your time with us and we look forward to welcoming you back.
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David H wrote a review Feb 2020
Subang Jaya, Malaysia209 contributions104 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
First I must mention your absolutely outstanding staff.
I have always found them extremely pleasant, asking how my meal was? How my day was going?
Being a customer of yours several years and found the service and atmosphere 100%. However; very disappointed this time with my usual fare, pie,peas and mash.
There was perhaps only two tablespoons of your delicious mushy peas in my meal.
This will not detract me from frequenting your establishments again.
Your beer is the best I’ve tasted
and to reiterate your staff are the best ever, complement to the manager for training your staff to be so polite.
However; should I only receive a minuscule amount of peas next time (Tuesday next week ) I will unfortunately be compelled to complain.
I will still eat you 99% out of 100
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Jasmine X, Other at The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
Responded 23 Feb 2020
Thank you very much for your feedback David. Glad you enjoy your experience with us each time. Apologies for the portion of mushy peas that you received on your recent visit. We endeavour to provide good food and service here at The Lord and it is never our intention that a guest would leave feeling dissatisfaction with their experience. We have passed your feedback onto Management, kitchen and bar team to rectify the problem. If you do visit on Tuesday please don't hesitate to touch base and should you wish to discuss this further please feel free to email us via marketing@lordnelson.com.au Cheers, The Lord
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Alice W wrote a review Jan 2020
1 contribution2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved the accommodations at Lord Nelson. Clean rooms. Great ambience and historical presence. The bar was busy and fun! Great beer! Had a wonderful meal upstairs in the restaurant. Loved it. The location in the Rocks was perfect for us. Everything we wanted to see was accessible from circular quay which was in walking distance.
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Date of stay: January 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from LordNelsonHotel, Brand Manager at The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
Responded 19 Jan 2020
Thank you for staying with us Alice! We are extremely glad you enjoyed your time with us and we look forward to welcoming you back.
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KarenM1_10 wrote a review Apr 2020
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan1,044 contribution427 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The Lord Nelson is Sydney’s oldest continuously operating pub and has a more upscale restaurant located upstairs along with the hotel. It is located in the Rock’s District that is very quaint with a number of other restaurants in the area. I’m giving this a 3 star because of our experience in the Pub only. In the pub you place your order at the bar and they will bring you your food and drinks. You can eat inside or outside. We ordered beer that was good and for our meal we ordered the fish and chips and hamburger. I enjoyed the fish and chips but the hamburger was extremely dry. My husband asked for ketchup (tomato sauce) but the server never came back. It was obvious that he was ignoring us and had no interest in bringing the condiment. Since the bar area was extremely busy we did not want to get back in line to request ketchup and have our food get cold. Definitely worth stopping by the pub for a drink and to see the interior of the building, but suggest you skip the Pub’s food.
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Date of stay: February 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Journeyseverywhere wrote a review Apr 2023
Winnipeg, Canada9 contributions1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Although this hotel was conveniently located near the Rocks and Circular Quay, it seems to be mainly a pub and restaurant venue which also hosts private functions. Our room (202) was located directly above the restaurant and the pub outdoor seating. It was extremely noisy both Saturday and Sunday nights till about 11:00PM, with noise continuing after those hours on the street nearby. Our room also seemed to get smoke from the outdoor seating. Management did not reply to messages about the noise, and we were not offered an alternate room. While the bar staff were sympathetic, they were not able to offer any solution. Guest accommodation seems to be an afterthought here with no consideration given to hotel guests who are there mainly to sleep. Despite the convenient location, we would recommend finding other - quieter - accommodation in this neighbourhood.
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Date of stay: April 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Do not book a room in this hotel if you want a good night’s sleep.
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ksufan88 wrote a review Nov 2022
Wichita, Kansas6,280 contributions568 helpful votes
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
The day we chose to visit this pub was unfortunately the afternoon of the Melbourne Cup so the place was fairly crowded with all of the tables inside reserved by large groups. Fortunately, all of the outside tables were open for anyone that showed up without a booking. I liked all the different beers that were on tap and enjoyed trying several of them while we were there. We ordered a meat pie along with our first round of drinks and were told it might take up to 30 minutes due to how busy the were. After about 45 minutes, we noticed nearby tables that sat down after us started getting their food. We asked two different employees that were delivering food and got assurances they would check on our food. After we asked one them a second time, he admitted they had lost our food order, but would get us a replacement one very quickly. About 5 minutes later, we finally got our food (only an hour and 20 minutes after we ordered it!). Fortunately, the pie, mashed potatoes, gravy and peas were all good, and we enjoyed every bite of the food.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Paul T wrote a review Dec 2022
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here for 2 nights, got there early in the morning so obviously room wasn’t ready, but I had emailed twice a few days before to let them know but got no reply, told room would be ready 1pm, when I returned my bags were still outside the office, I asked if my room was ready which the manger said yes, I asked why my bags were there, he replied I had to take them up myself and I was on the third floor, thankfully a member of staff offered to help with my case which was 40kg, I mentioned I was tired and had not long had a double knee operation and he said it will keep you fit!After settling I went down for a pint, I had to wait a fair time as the place was packed with tourists wanting to eat as well, the barmaid didn’t know who was next and so I left after stand there for over 10 minutes, I went a few yards over the road and found Cooks Bar?there I had some good conversation and few nice beers. On returning to the Nelson I was told at 10:32 I could not be served as last orders were at 10:30pm, I mentioned I was a a guest staying and was told this made no difference, the barmaid then asked what I wanted, but by this time I had a bitter taste in my mouth regards Lord Nelson, earlier I had witnessed an American lady struggling up the stairs to her room on the 3rd floor with a walking stick.
If you struggle a-bit with stairs or carrying cases up 3 flight of stairs this might not be the best place to stay. Most sociable person in the place was the little Italian cleaner. Overall I felt this place was for the tourists not the patrons. Not for me, but as said Cooks Bar a few yards away was great.
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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roy v wrote a review May 2024
Traralgon, Australia5,658 contributions839 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We walked here from Circular Quay through the Rocks area, nice walk.
A hotel with a lot of history, reputedly the oldest hotel in Sydney.
It looked very quiet on the outside but when we entered it was like another world, very busy, we arrived about midday with lunch in mind but any empty table was reserved so we thought we were out of luck. Disappointing as the place had been recommended by a friend back in Victoria.
Anyhow on closer inspection we noticed one table was booked for 1.30 pm. So on approaching one of the staff he said no worries you can sit there for lunch, you will be finished before they arrive and we will reset the table, it was a table for about eight and a couple of minutes later another four customers sat down , good thinking on the staffs part , we were all gone shortly after one.
Had a lovely lunch of Beef Pie, mashed potatoes, mushie peas and lovely gravy.
It was very tasty and lovely and hot.
A very enjoyable lunch in an old world type pub.
So lucky we didn’t just walk out when we saw every table was reserved, keep that in mind if you go there to eat.
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Date of stay: May 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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John N wrote a review Feb 2021
Sydney, Australia922 contributions471 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
By chance we were atop nearby Observatory Hill (wonderful in its own right) & having meandered down to The Rocks, we spied this gorgeous old building with the cheery sight of happy imbibers & noshers streetside in the late afternoon Summer weather....& decided> WHY NOT!

No space on the pavement alas, but the spacious & welcoming interior a perfect spot for a quiet one anyway.
I had a couple of super 'long' thirst-quenching cocktails, whilst my husband tried a couple of the newer Aussie Gins that tease previous conceptions about botanicals in spirits one might hold.

In all a very nice surprise & they serve good looking food 7 days a week >> I'll be back for that !
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Date of stay: February 2021
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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FamilyGuyLA wrote a review Apr 2023
Los Angeles, California99 contributions149 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Went on a whim and was glad we did. Super friendly staff and good craft beers. It's not like Portland good, but still pretty good.

Stick with the light stuff. They still need work on their porters and stouts. Typical pub food, tasty, filling and fried.

Can get crowded pretty much any day of the week, so go earlier rather than later, but it also empties out about 9.00pm on weekdays.
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Date of stay: April 2023
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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PRICE RANGE
$232 - $281 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
lord nelson brewery hotel, lord nelson brewery sydney
LOCATION
AustraliaNew South WalesSydney
NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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Nearby attractions include ATTY Gallery (0.4 km), Dave's Pub Walks (0.2 km), and Sydney Pub Tours (0.5 km).
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
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Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
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Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel?
Yes, street parking is available to guests.
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Conveniently located restaurants include Fish At The Rocks, La Renaissance Patisserie (The Rocks), and Endeavour Tap Rooms - The Rocks Sydney.
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Many travellers enjoy visiting State Theatre (1.4 km), Anzac Memorial (2.0 km), and St. Mary's Cathedral (1.7 km).
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