I chose this hotel based on two key factors: proximity to a party we were attending, and a previous pleasant experience at a different Oaks in Sydney.
Quick review: The facilities are great, several modes of transport is right on the doorstep, plenty of things to see and do & the architecture of the building is just divine (it was clearly an old woolshed that has kept the original structure and exposed beams/walkways etc. so this is why there is so much bad feedback as to the appearance and internal decor of the building - we thought it was fantastic that it was preserved so nicely - see photos) however unpleasant and unhelpful staff put a dampener on the experience.
A little more detail: Upon arrival we did struggle to find the entrance - there are no major signs saying 'Oaks Goldsbrough', but the big 'GOLDSBROUGH' sign on the building helped a little. The staff on the front desk were awful. In every sense of the word. Unhelpful, very stand-offish and quite reserved, which made it difficult for us to know what was required of us. I had to leave a credit card for bond (as per every other hotel i've ever stayed in) but there was no dramas, and it was a visa debit card.
We had a 1 bedroom harbour view apartment. The room decor is a little dated, couch covers were faded etc. but this is not a major drama if you are not intending on using the looks of the hotel room to impress anybody or you are there for a quick visit. Everything was clean, tidy and well organised - the bedrooms do face the walkways though so if you are a light sleeper, perhaps take some earplugs. There were a few things that could have had more attention paid to, such as the floors around the washing machine/fridge area etc. and the couch could have used a steam clean, but the bath/shower, toilet and bedroom were all wonderfully clean.
The view was outstanding, but remember that you won't have a harbour view unless you request it, so make sure you get what you want before booking. The pool and gym area is outstanding!!!
Transport is a breeze - there is light rail and monorail station just through the carpark, and there are cabs on street level as well as the Harbourside shopping complex (which has some great little eateries).
All in all, I would recommend it if you are going to be doing the tourist thing, but I would say to make sure you get a harbour view room as the outlook from the others is fairly pitiful.
- 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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- Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments Hotel Sydney