Was slightly concerned after reading some of the reviews here but was pleasantly surprised. The staff were fine, although we only had contact with them on arrival and departure (there is a side door with card access that offers a shortcut to the harbour area so you can bypass reception)
The apartment we had looked as though it had been recently refurbished. Everthing was clean and modern and the two double bedrooms and two bathrooms on the lower level were spacious, had high ceilings and plenty of storage space. The living area was on the upper level and had a kitchen, laundry room, large dining/lounge area, even a storage room for suitcases. All the equipment worked and the TV was a large flatscreen model. The furniture looked new and was comfortable and clean.
We didn't have any problem with noise, either from other residents or from outside. Our room was overlooking a main road bringing traffic into the city but the soundproofing was good and we weren't disturbed. The fifth floor location did give us a partial view of the city but I suspect if you went higher the view would be even better.
My children who used the gym reported that everything was working and the pool water was warm. It was very quiet with hardly anyone else using it.
The communal landings did have a slight prison feel about them which is down to the industrial structure of the original building but it made for an interesting walk to and from the lifts. The location is good for catching the monorail which loops around Darling Harbour and the CBD but we often strolled round the harbour and over the bridge to get to the city centre. If you want to eat out there are plenty of places along the harbourside open from breakfast to dinner.
For the same price in a hotel I would have regarded just the sleeping accomodation here as reasonable value. You still get the daily room servicing like a hotel and the large living area is a bonus giving you the option of relaxing/eating as a family without having to be perched on a bed.
- 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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