My title says it all – Sydney is an expensive city and this hotel deserves recognition for offering value for money in an excellent location.
The hotel is walking distance (15 mins) from the Opera House, Circular Quay (for ferries), The Rocks, Botanic Gardens, Darling Harbour, China Town and even closer for the Westfield Centre and other smaller shops. In fact aside from the Hop On/Hop Off tourist bus, and ferries, we walked everywhere.
Check in was swift and friendly. I asked for a quiet room and was assigned one overlooking the interior atrium, which was mostly very quiet. My friend had a room overlooking Phillip Street, but actually this wouldn’t have been a problem for me either – the glazing is so thick that no sound was penetrating up there on the seventh floor, plus his room was lighter due to the external window.
The bed was comfortable; the bathroom was fine (a wet room, with drying line available across the shower). I didn’t avail myself of the kitchenette too much, but there was a microwave, adequate crockery/cutlery and mini fridge. A hairdryer, iron and ironing board were provided, plus an in-room safe, for which there was no extra charge.
Air conditioning – several reviewers have complained about this – my experience was that the a/c was not great, in fact I had to have someone come and look at it on the first evening, but the filter was changed and that improved matters somewhat. It was in the low 20s during our stay, so the a/c was adequate, but admittedly if it had been hotter I’m not so sure. The hotel staff were very responsive to my request to come and look at it though, and were honest that the system was of the older variety and therefore not always as efficient. It is worth noting that the a/c in my friend’s room was efficient, so I think this is something to bear in mind upon room allocation.
Constructive criticism: the shower was very uncooperative in terms of temperature and vacillated widely; more coat hangers would have been helpful, but this is a minor point.
There are vending machines on the sixth floor, providing both drinks and snacks – the prices are no higher than at the nearby convenience stores, yet more conveniently located…
There is a small health club that can be used for a fee, since the hotel shares space with the NSW Leagues Club.
I would definitely stay at this hotel again and I would like to thank the reception staff for their efficient and friendly service, particularly Jonathan, and the gentleman on duty who responded to my plea for help regarding noisy neighbours. On my final night, the people in the room next to mine were being very noisy and inconsiderate – finally I rang reception to ask for help and this matter was dealt with quickly and efficiently, allowing me to sleep. Hotel staff members are not always this helpful in a difficult situation and it cemented my good impression of the staff at this hotel.
A word of advice regarding restaurants: don’t overlook the food court of the Westfield Centre…true, you don’t have much of a view inside, but it is modern, upscale and very clean, plus it offers some great value choices – particularly Ragu, the Italian place with a full bar. If you prefer more expensive dining, continue up one floor further and you will find full service restaurants offering that too.
Beaches : Manly and Bondi Beaches are well worth a visit – we took the ferry from Circular Quay to Manly (these are regular and take 30 mins) and the Hop On/Hop Off bus to Bondi (but other buses are less expensive) and there is a pleasant 3.5km walk from S. Bondi Beach to Bronte Beach, along headland with a proper path, but not as one guidebook said ‘an easy stroll with lots of places to stop for coffee’. Pleasant, and not too taxing, but there are quite a few sets of steps and there is nowhere to stop for a drink until you are practically at Bronte Beach, so definitely take water and be aware of this!
Shopping: Paddy’s Markets are worth a visit for souvenirs
The Botanic Gardens are beautiful and not to be missed – they cover a lot of ground, and a longer walk will take you to a position opposite the Opera House where you can take some great pictures.
Driving into Sydney: signage is terrible once you are nearing the city, and I’m not sure what the answer is – we had maps and printed directions and still got turned around.
Car hire: beware of using Europcar, from whom we had very bad service and are still fighting erroneous charges!
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