To avoid the stress of a connection before an international flight, I decided to spend one night and a half day in Sydney before flying home to the U.S. I wanted a central location near the AirTrain and near the Opera House that wasn't too expensive but that would be a comfortable experience. I really chose well with Swissotel.
(I was hoping not to have to pay $200, but it seems to get someplace decent in Sydney this is a requirement. I did get a good rate via Expedia.)
It threatened to not be a good experience at first, since I arrived late-ish (10pm) and when I got to my room I had two twin beds instead of the promised king bed. When I tried to call the front desk, their new phone service was a hindrance, not a help (apparently it was not really working properly at that time). So back to the front desk I went where the staff kept talking about their managers. This annoyed me; how hard can it be to see that the computer was incorrect about which beds were in which rooms?
It turned out the fuss was about the fact that they were upgrading me to a fancy bigger room on a special floor where they are testing out the new remodel for the entire hotel. Although I think the old design is also quite elegant and was in very good shape, I do concede that the new design is more au courant. I've attached photos to show how nice it looks.
I slept really really well -- the bed was one of the best I've ever experienced. No aches or pains in the morning. And they gave me free internet even though I don't think it was in my Expedia package, so that was really excellent.
Finally, because it was unseasonably cold (45 degrees F) I decided to stay in for their breakfast, and boy was I glad I did. They gave me the discount rate of $25, which for Australia really is a bargain, at least compared to what I was paying in the Gold Coast, and this was one of the best breakfast layouts I've ever head, rivaling resorts in Kauai. I sure am glad I stayed in rather than trying to find something open on Sunday morning in the cold.
And then just 15 minute walk to the Opera house, and the Contemporary Art Museum was open at 10am. This gave me time for art and then back to the hotel where the porters were incredibly nice and helpful about how to take the train back to the airport -- so fast, so convenient, and so cheap. $14 instead of $45 which is reportedly what a cab costs. I really recommend the AirTrain and staying at a hotel that is near it like the Swissotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Swissotel Sydney enjoys prime location in the heart of the city centre, appealing to discerning business and leisure travellers. The deluxe 5 star hotel features 359 luxurious rooms and suites, exclusive Executive Lounge, two stylish food and beverage outlets, extensive conference and banquet facilities, and relaxing recreational and fitness facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Swissotel Sydney Hotel Sydney
- Swissotel Hotel Sydney
- Sydney Swissotel Hotel