Stayed here over Australia Day long weekend with family including 3 primary school boys. Hotel was generally clean and modern but not a lot available on site for kids to do. Pool is small but ok. Boys enjoyed playing Nintendo Wii - 2 available in lobby area. Having said that, you come to Sydney to do stuff around town not particularly to sit in a hotel all day.
Breakfast and dinner were good. We benefitted from discounts with being Accor Advantage Plus members. Avoid arriving for breakfast at 9am as this is peak hour - probably only an issue with full house like it was when we were there. Otherwise it was great to have dinner away from the noise and crowds in the Harbourside shopping centre restaurants and food court in front of the hotel.
The room we got was nice and large with amazing panoramic view of darling harbour. Had all we needed but not always fun being stuck in the room with 3 kids :) Beds were comfortable but we were incredibly unfortunate enough to be disturbed in the middle of the night on both of the nights we were there by a false fire alarm.
The biggest thing going for the hotel is its location - so close to everything including aquarium, powerhouse museum, ferry, IMAX and for us, the fireworks. Made life so easy as a family.
All in all the hotel was a good place to stay, and whilst it probably didn't have a huge wow factor in and of itself, and definitely did not detract from our stay. Would stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour is a 4.5 star hotel surrounded by the premier attractions of Sydney including the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Powerhouse and National Maritime Museums, Star City Casino and the Entertainment Centre. The hotel has direct access to transport, making this the ideal location for business trips, holidays and city breaks. With 525 rooms boasting panoramic views of the city or towards Olympic Park, the hotel features a restaurant, bar, pool, tennis court, gym and meeting rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Sydney On Darling Harbour Hotel Sydney
- Novetel Sydney
- Accor Sydney On Darling Harbour
- Sydney Novotel
- Darling Harbour Novotel