This is a big complex with a mix of residential and hotel apartments. Part of the old wool stores building, it is a shame that more attention wasn’t directed to retaining some of the charm of the old buildings. I think the dollar may have been the driver here.
For a family holiday the apartments have everything you need although things are a little tired. They offer a three and a four star option and we opted for the four. Given that we noted a state of ‘tired’ I probably wouldn’t be risking the three star option.
Noise can be a problem – the crazy open space that runs ground floor to roof top is an enormous chamber with no insulation whatsoever and just a myriad of metal staircases and walkways. When the revellers come home from a night on the town you do tend to hear them. Take plugs if you are a light sleeper.
Pool, spa and gym area are fantastic and , at least, in this part of the building, the charm has been kept. Very impressive pool – perfect for laps. Excellent spa. Strangely only accessible by wandering through the hotel reception (yes – bad design!)
Sydney’s retro monorail can be accessed from one of the floors but the whole place really seems very remote. It is a fair hike to find anything supermarket like so if you are self catering the circle route into the CBD via monorail (15 minutes) is your best bet. Darling Harbour is close by for eateries but it is still a 10 or so minute walk by the time you get out of the maze that is this building.
If we got it for a good rate we’d stay again but really do prefer something that is a bit more in the action.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments, offer central Sydney accommodation in an architecturally renovated historic landmark building. Situated in the hub of Darling Harbour and combining the charm and elegance of the 1800’s, with all the modern amenities for your business or leisure stay.With a magnificent neo-classical facade, original tallow wood floors and exposed ironbark columns featured throughout the hotel, as well as views from many of the rooms over the skyline of Sydney and one of its major attractions, Darling Harbour, Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments stands out. ... more less
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