I have stayed in Sydney quite a few times, of recent years, and particularly like staying near Darling Habour and Chinatown. On a few trips, including this last one, the family has come along (my wife and two girls) for a bit of a holiday while I work. We have stayed in apartments in this area before -- the previous time was at Metro Apartments on Sussex, which we enjoyed for the space and laundry facilities, but also found a bit grubby. So this time I thought we would look for an apartment that is a bit more upmarket. Which is how we ended up in a 97m-squared 2-bedroom apartment at the Radisson for on week (our previous house was smaller). I must say that hotel rooms near Darling Harbour in February are not cheap, and we payed something like $500 per night for the room. But it was certainly nice to have a separate bedroom for the kids, and two tv's that they could glue themselves to at will. The kitchen facilities are good -- though the fridge had the usual stock of overpriced drinks that I had to move out as a first thing, and the pots and pans were barely workable. There were two decent shower rooms, one with bath. On the down side: the beds were not that comfortable -- one of the kid's beds was so uncomfortable (it had obviously been jumped on and the springs stuck through) that one daughter could not sleep well. And there were no laundry facilities (except the usual ridiculously priced hotel service). The decor in the room was fine, if dated. And the noise from outside was constant, and particularly noticeable at night. We had a back-facing room, so all the air-conditioning units on surrounding buildings added to the cacophony. I think that's a part of staying in downtown hotels the world over -- but better sound proofing would not go amiss. But we really enjoyed the convenient location -- easy to get to transport and restaurants. And the cleaning staff were fantastic, helping us with little things. The (wired) broadband was fast, and adequate for our needs -- but I would have preferred WIFI. We used the 1st floor indoor pool quite often, especially the kids. Good job we are from New Zealand and are used to cold water -- because the pool was not warm. I think Australians would put a toe in, and decide to leave it.
So overall, we had an enjoyable stay for the great location, good room size, and general pleasure of hanging out in Sydney. Not so good was the price, poor beds, and noise. We decided that we would probably not stay there again -- perhaps a smaller and cheaper room would be more enjoyable overall. But finding a decent serviced apartment round Darling Harbour is not that easy. i see that the Radisson describes itself as 'Luxurious Hotel Rooms'. I would not say that -- I've seen luxurious, and the Radisson is only that in the the industrial hotel sense, not the pampered body and mind sense.
- Also Known As:
- Radisson Hotel Sydney
- Radisson Sydney
- Sydney Radisson
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Radisson Hotel & Suites Sydney recently completed a refresh to the hotel lobby, level one conference floor, including our restaurant and bar. Our guests are now enjoying the newly refreshed surroundings, which we hope you can also experience as our guest very soon.100% non-smoking facility.Experience Luxury at one of the Premier Sydney CBD Hotels.Located in the heart of the Sydney Central Business District, the Radisson Hotel and Suites Sydney is the ideal place for business and leisure travellers. Our 4.5 star Sydney CBD hotel's location is within walking distance or a short drive of many attractions, including Darling Harbour and Capitol Theatre. Chinatown, the city centre and other notable shopping districts are just minutes from our Radisson Sydney accommodation. All of our hotel's oversized guest rooms feature large balconies, kitchenettes, well-lit work desks, broadband cable Internet access and 24-hour room service. Spacious suites with one or two bedrooms are also available. ... more less
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