We had to attend a one-day conference in North Sydney, and rather than drive to an from Canberra in a day, we thought we'd split the seven hours of driving over a weekend, finding a place to stay overnight. However, on hunting around, it looked like any hotels that were both affordable and conveniently located would be chains situated along the main roads, and in Sydney that can be very noisy indeed. One otherwise acceptable establishment had the Pacific Highway in front and the railway behind!
This one looked a bit of an oddball. Not a chain, apparently part of Macquarie University. But the reviews were positive, so we gave it a try.
Very glad we did! The hotel is situated just off a main road, under the Sydney airport flightpath, but the rooms are well insulated and the outlook onto lawns, bushland and a lake more than makes up. Birdlife is plentiful and it is a treat to just wander around, resting the eyes in all that green!
The rooms are a little on the small side, especially in the bathroom area, but no more than any chain. They are modern, neat, efficient and clean, each with a small balcony. Sitting outside with a cup of coffee, watching the ducks lead their fluffy family past, is a pleasure.
Checkin went very smoothly, the restaurant breakfast was good value, especially with Jay Jay looking after us (though I got the impression that if there was a crowd she would be overloaded) and the comfy lounge chairs with fresh newspapers were an extra bonus. There is a small bar, but we didn't indulge, instead travelling a few minutes to a Thai restaurant, where the food was delicious.
Parking was through a boomgate, with a bit of a walk back to the hotel, but some guests parked in the "turnaround" near the entrance, which was okay as there was plenty of room, or out on the frontage road, which is what we did on returning from dinner.
Overall, I loved it. Will definitely stay there again.
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