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“Superb central Sydney location with amazing Harbour/ Opera House views”

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Holiday Inn Old Sydney
Ranked #41 of 175 Hotels in Sydney
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“Superb central Sydney location with amazing Harbour/ Opera House views”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

Oh my word! What a fabulous location! Right in the centre of The Rocks and on the harbour front, views of the opera house and bridge, with a swimming pool on the roof, at excellent value: what more can one want? We would highly recommend it and would stay there again.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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TurnerMit, Acting Hotel Manager at Holiday Inn Old Sydney, responded to this review, February 25, 2013
Dear Lisa R

Thank you for your great review of the Holiday Inn Old Sydney. Great to see you had a great time in the heart of The Rocks area.

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Kind regards

Mitchell Turner
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

Had room 501. Fridge freezes everything turn down as low as it can go, still freezes. Report it at desk, they turn it up would now freeze hell. $22+ for internet for 24 hours. One days access not a 24 hour block. Pricey rip off who is constant 24 hours on line. Connection terrible. Connect in toilet or in corridor. Report to desk and the response is "really". Come on Holiday Inn great location but guests are your business. Second visit and sorry it's the last.

  • Stayed February 2013
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TurnerMit, Acting Hotel Manager at Holiday Inn Old Sydney, responded to this review, February 25, 2013
Dear mjjmac123

Thank you for your review and supplying your room number for further investigation at the hotel. We will look into the connectivity issues you had and I do apologise for the reaction from our team. This is definitely not what we usually do in response to guest enquiries.

Glad to see you enjoyed the location of the Holiday Inn Old Sydney.

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Mitchell Turner
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

This property is located on Sydney Harbor near both the Harbor Bridge and the Opera House. Excellent hotel with very helpful people The Rocks area is very quirky and interesting. On Saturday morning there is a large street market featuring arts , crafts, and collectibles. Also wonderful eateries within a very short walk.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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TurnerMit, Acting Hotel Manager at Holiday Inn Old Sydney, responded to this review, February 25, 2013
Dear michaelwalls

It is wonderful to hear you had a great stay and took advantage of all the area and the Holiday Inn Old Sydney had to offer. It is truly a gem here and we love it too.

Hope to welcome you back again.

Kind regards

Mitchell Turner
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

Ideally situated within walking distance of the opera house the Sydney harbour bridge and the Quays. lots of eating and drinking places close to hotel and the visitor centre is next door so easy to book trips. Hotel is clean and tidy if a little basic, laundry facilities available and the staff are pleasant and very helpful.

Room Tip: Good views from top floor
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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TurnerMit, Acting Hotel Manager at Holiday Inn Old Sydney, responded to this review, February 25, 2013
Dear Mick 231

Great review. Thanks for your comments, we will be sharing with the team here and hope that you will come back again soon.

Kind regards

Mitchell Turner
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

We stayed one night 6 February 2013. Location is great with easy access to the Opera house, Harbour bridge, shopping in George street. Very good breakfast with fresh juice, egg station. The chef was very helpful and provided gluten free bread on request, we also enjoyed to chill out at the roof pool.

  • Stayed February 2013
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TurnerMit, Acting Hotel Manager at Holiday Inn Old Sydney, responded to this review, February 25, 2013
Dear Mikael D

Thanks for the great review on the hotel and service. Happy to hear you enjoyed our wonderful breakfast too as many people skip this which is a shame as it is the most important meal of the day.

Hope to see you again soon.

Kind regards

Mitchell Turner
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

We chose this hotel because of the proximity to the Overseas Passenger Terminal. And it was excellent, we walked from the hotel to the Terminal. No waiting for taxis or buses. It was a 3 minute walk from the hotel. Lots of eateries close by to choose from for breakfast, lunch and dinner.Our room wasnt ready when we arrived early, but reception put in a priority request and they called us about half and hour later when the room was ready. We just went for a walk around the rocks up to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and had a look around the terminal. We didnt eat in the hotel so I cant comment on the restaurant. The room was a little tired, but the beds were comfortable and we slept well. No noise from outside to bother us. We got up very early hoping to see our ship come into port, but when we got to the rooftop it was already docked. The pool on the rooftop area is great and there are table and chairs up on the roof where you can sit with a coffee or drink to look at the wonderful sights of Sydney. Circular Quay, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House or just watch the ferries on the Harbour.
Would definatley stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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TurnerMit, Acting Hotel Manager at Holiday Inn Old Sydney, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
Dear 84luck

Thank you for your kind words about the Holiday Inn Old Sydney. I am glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and I hope you enjoyed your cruise also.

We would love to welcome you back again soon.

Kind regards

Mitchell Turner
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

With its excellent location in the Rocks area of the Harbour-overlooking the Opera House (when there are no gigantic Cruise Ships in harbour) & with a glimse of the Harbour Bridge-there is unlikely to be a better base from whcih to explore Sydney.
Aim to get a harbour view on either the 6/7th floor if possible.
Staff were at all times very helpful & friendly.
Room furnishings are adequate although modenisation cannot be far away.This also applies to furniture in the lobby which is tired -probably due to hard wear & tear.
Nice to be recognised as a member of the in house loyalty scheme.

Annoyance that Wi-Fi has to be purchased for room use although the lobby area provides this service free

Really enjoyable stay at a very conveniently located Hotel.Breakfast available within the Hotel & there are any number/variety of eating houses within easy reach.

Room Tip: Aim for Harbour view on levels 6/7
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank BIRDIE2Cambridge
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TurnerMit, Acting Hotel Manager at Holiday Inn Old Sydney, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
Dear BIRDIE2Cambridge

Thank you for your review. Glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and everything the Rocks and the Holiday Inn Old Sydney has to offer.

In regards to WiFi, we have 15 minutes complimentary in the lobby and then it is required to be purchased. I hope this clears up any confusion.

Kind regards

Mitchell Turner
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Property: Holiday Inn Old Sydney
Address: 55 George St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney > The Rocks
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Green Hotel in Sydney
#40 Luxury Hotel in Sydney
#43 Family Hotel in Sydney
#47 Romantic Hotel in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Holiday Inn Old Sydney 4*
Number of rooms: 176
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Heritage Listed Holiday Inn Old Sydney is one of Sydney's little secrets,uniquely positioned between the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House within the iconic area of The Rocks. Holiday Inn Old Sydney is the closest hotel to the Overseas Passenger Terminal providing a hassle free accommodation option pre and post cruise. The hotel is closely situated to the Circular Quay Ferry and Railway stations also providing easy access to Sydney Airport via the Airtrain. Each of our 176 guestrooms come equipped with a choice of soft & firm pillows, flatscreen TV's, high speed internet access. Enjoy spectacular views to Sydney Harbour or an outlook onto the historic Rocks from the comfort of your room. Stroll down the harbour-side promenade past the museum of Contemporary Art, to lively Circular Quay and experience an excellent selection of restaurants and bars. Here you can catch a ferry to Manly Beach, Watsons Bay, Taronga Zoo or enjoy a fabulous harbour cruise. Holiday Inn Old Sydney is only moments from the majority of Sydney's best attractions and a variety of great shopping options, including the Rocks Markets, Queen Victoria Building, Pitt Street Mall and Oxford Street. Experience spectacular views of Sydney Harbour, the famous Harbour Bridge and the world-acclaimed Opera House from the famous Holiday Inn Old Sydney rooftop, equipped with heated outdoor pool and spa. Holiday Inn Old Sydney also offers a complimentary business centre with computer and internet access to keep you connected whilst away from home. ... more   less 
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