Summary of our Trip to Sydney
It was my partner’s birthday and I wanted to do something special with him. After reading the reports on Shangri-La hotel in Sydney I decided it would be lovely to celebrate there. On recommendations from friends I booked the Horizon Club a few months before, however a few weeks before we were due to stay the price was reduced to $440.00, so I quickly rang and changed our booking to the cheaper price. When we arrived we were told the room would not be ready until 3.30 but if we wanted to pay an extra $50.00 we could have the harbour and opera house view which would be ready earlier, well we agreed to pay the extra, however that room wasn’t available until 2 pm anyway. Must say the view was magnificent as we were on the 31st floor, unfortunately the weather was overcast with a few showers, ah well one cannot do anything about the weather.
We decided to fill in time until our room became available so went down to Circular Quay to catch a ferry to Darling Harbour, we had lunch at one of the outside restaurants and then wandered back to the hotel. We went down to the Horizon lounge at 6pm to have the drinks and nibbles which were included in our package. The staff was offering to fill up your glass whenever you wanted, but I am not a big drinker so 2 drinks is enough for me. There was lots of food and we certainly didn’t need to go out for dinner, instead we wandered around The Rocks.
The next day we moved to the Meriton on Campbell Street as I wanted to be near China Town, I got a cheaper price because of info I got from Trip Advisor re going onto the Meriton Web Site, so thank you . It was Trevor’s birthday and we had booked a tour of Goat Island, which included a BBQ lunch. I would certainly recommend it to anyone, there were 90 people on the boat, but we were broken into 3 groups each with their own guide. The views back into Sydney were lovely. I decided to take my partner to Jamie Olliver’s restaurant on the recommendation of my daughter. We arrived about 7.30 and told there was a 1.5 hour wait, they do not take bookings. It was so noisy and cramped we decided to go down to Circular Quay where it was a lot quieter and the views magnificent.
Friday we caught a ferry over to Watsons Bay and did the full walk to both sides of the Gap, I didn’t realise there was a nude beach until we saw the sign, there were lots of people sitting under the rocks away from prying eyes. It was very warm and sunny and luckily I had an umbrella in case it rained. We got a take away from Doyles and sat in the restaurant and watched the world go by, it was lovely. We would have had to wait for 1.5 hours for the ferry to come, so we hopped on a bus back to Sydney, it took about an hour but it was worth it as we travelled thru Vaucluse, Point Piper and Kings Cross. I felt like Thai for dinner, but decided against Spice I Am because they are always so busy, so we went to another restaurant just down the road called The House ( I think) which was attached to a hotel which we thoroughly enjoyed,. I think they are connected because when we got the bill there was an advertisement for another Spice I am. The menu was very different from the usual Thai Restaurants we go to.
We planned to get up early and do a walk around before breakfast but we were still tired after all our holidaying. We need to go back to our full times jobs which are less tiring than holidaying. So it was a slow pack and off to the airport for our flight back to the Gold Coast and work which is really busy for both of us leading up to Christmas. Hope this wasn’t too boring to read, but I always get so much from Trip Advisor I should give some back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney is perfectly positioned between the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge in the historic Rocks district. Within walking distance of the city's major shopping venues and tourist attractions, the hotel offers panoramic views of Sydney Harbour. A wide selection of dining options including Australian cuisine at award winning Altitude Restaurant, Mix and Grill in the all day dining restaurant Café Mix and fabulous cocktails at the glamorous Blu Bar on 36. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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