This is a very unusual hotel, mostly due to the building conversion of which it is a part. It occupies the first quarter or so of an early twentieth century wharf building. The rest of the structure, which is perhaps 200-300m in length, has been converted into pricey waterfront apartments.
I found it difficult to work out how the interior of the building had originally been used, but it comprises now a massive and empty interior space in which to breakfast or sit at the bar. I found it impressive, but at times a little spooky. The space is also in regular use for one or another glitzy Sydney event, in which case it is closed to residents.
We had a split level suite on the fifth floor looking westwards over the marina and restaurant terraces. The other side of the hotel looks out on a naval dock, lit up while we were there by the lights of a visiting South Korean destroyer. The room was very well equipped, but beginning to show signs of wear and tear. Strangely, while there were great blackout possibilities on the west-facing windows, the bathroom windows caught the sunrise and fed the light through a glass door to the bed without any means of stopping it. We slept well though, even so.
The staff were all very helpful. The concierge was great. We arrived fresh off the plane at about 8am and were able to check in immediately. That was not guaranteed in advance, but it was delivered and makes a massive difference.
There's a chilly indoor pool and a jacuzzi within the building, together with a small gym.
The hotel's location is great. Apart from the restaurants on the water, across the road from the entrance are several pubs and cafés. We had an excellent Iight pasta dinner in the Marina Siena, and a good dinner in the Tilbury (one street further back). It's a very short walk to the Botanical Gardens, and through them to the Opera House and city centre. Early mornings you can follow the many joggers along the water's edge, about 2,5km to the opera house (the gardens open at 7am).
At current exchange rates, nothing in Australia is cheap (unless you're paying in Swiss francs or Norwegian kronas or the like). Our room rate was OK value, excluding breakfast (continental version €16 per person). You are also expected to pay extra for (slow) wifi internet access (€12 per 24hours).
- Also Known As:
- Blue Sydney Hotel
- Blue Sydney Hotel Sydney
- Sydney Blue Hotel
- w Hotel Sydney
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A boutique property with the reliability, consistency and attentive service of a major business hotel. Each of BLUE’s 100 Guest Rooms, including 33 stunning Loft Rooms, retain the authenticity and charm of the historic wharf building while providing the latest in modern luxury and accommodations. Each room features unique characteristics of the original heritage-listed wharf, modern decor and a view of either the eclectic Woolloomooloo Bay Village or the sensational Sydney Harbour foreshores. Recent Awards- 2012 BLUE Sydney features at No. 9 in the Top 25 Trendiest Hotels in Australia in the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards- 2012 BLUE Sydney features at No. 11 in the Top 25 Trendiest Hotels in South Pacific in the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards- 2012 Conde Nast UK, GOLD LIST includes BLUE Sydney - 2011 Australian Hotels Association award for Excellence – WaterBar, BLUE Sydney- 2010 Conde Nast Readers Choice Award selects BLUE as the ‘Top Hotel in Oceania’- 2010 World Travel Awards London – BLUE Sydney awarded ‘Australia’s Leading Boutique Hotel.’ ... more less
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