Room: We were upgraded to the Challis Room which had a little balcony, large shower, fully tiled bathroom, all white suite with little washing line in shower. Soft, absorbent white towels aplenty!
Room is large, tastefully, cosily but with delightfully uncluttered decor. The bed is large, very comfortable and firm - dressed with crisp white bed linen and a luxurious throw which fitted in perfectly with the settee, armchair, carpet and drapes. A ceiling fan creates a gentle flow of air from the high ceiling (but there is a standard electric air conditioning unit, if desired). The floral pictures are elegant and interesting all depicting native Australian plants and all, appropriately are from the 'Simpson Suite from the Powerhouse Collection'. The whole room is lit by lamps - one on each side of the bed, a standard lamp near the flat screen TV, and, last but not least, a desk lamp on the side table against one wall. There are double sockets on each side of the bed which meant that iPhones,Tablet and mobiles could be charged during the day and night.
Cleverly, the storage unit incorporated the space for the ironing board, the fly killing spray (which we, thankfully, never needed to use), the iron, telephone directories and extra bedding, as well as the wardrobe with wooden hangers to properly hang your clothes and finally the tea/coffee making facilities and the fridge. They even supplied an umbrella, just in case, and again, in our case, unneeded!
The breakfast area is a bright, but never glaring conservatory. Breakfast comprised choice of three cereals, a range of fresh fruits options which varied each day; four different breads including English muffins and griddle cakes; hard boiled eggs, cold meats, cheeses and smoked salmon with capers. Tea and coffee - really good flavour and as much as you could drink. That's some Continental breakfast!!
The whole house is the epitome of what is meant by the phrase 'Boutique Hotel'. It is discreet, elegantly furnished, finished to the ultimate degree without being pretentious or contrived. It manages to be cosy but luxuriously chic. We loved staying and we haven't even mentioned to people.
The owners, Marie and Keith, are the kind of people you aspire to have in your life - helpful, chatty but never intrusive. Ree, the manager, is the kind of friend you'd wish to have - clever and fun, as well as efficient. They all gave us sound advice as to where to go and how to find what we might want. And their provision of port and sherry for their guests was only surpassed by their sweetness in marking a birthday for us with bubbles and chocolates.
It is perfectly situated about a ten minute walk from the Finger Wharf (where some famous people have properties - Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman). Another few minutes on, and you can be in the centre of the City or in the Botanic Garden depending on which direction you take. Ten minutes from there and you come to the Sydney Opera House and beautiful views of the Sydney Harbour bridge. In the whole time we were there, we only took a taxi once and that was at night after a wonderful cruise of the Sydney Harbour at night.
If/when we ever get back to Sydney, we would love to stay at Simpsons again. We'd recommend it to anyone who prefers to avoid the blandness of the chain hotels and to enjoy the personal touch of a loved hotel.
If what we saw of the house is anything to judge by, the rooms will all be of excellent quality.
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