We booked this hotel aware of all the reviews saying that the location was brilliant but everything else left much to be desired. The location is indeed brilliant, just a 5 minute stroll from Circular Quay station very central and with loads of cafes and bars dotted around nearby. We were given room 608, which was fairly high up (6th floor of 8) and on the 'front' of the hotel with views of both the opera house and the harbour bridge. The views were spectacular, although for about half the time various enormous cruise ships blocked them out. Having said that the last such ship was the QM2, which is something of a sight in itself. One thing to note is that I’d guess the majority of rooms in the hotel won't have such good views either due to being too low or being to one side of the hotel.
Many comments about noise from the street on previous reviews; we didn't hear any, only the sound of the ships horns from the various boats using the harbour. Again, this is probably dependent on exactly where your room is.
The room itself was a decent size and clean. The furniture was ok but was looking pretty tired and the carpet was getting threadbare. Similar story in the bathroom, which was clean and functional but in need of an overhaul. The main issue with the room though was the air conditioning. I've never experienced a helicopter landing in my bedroom before so I can't say for sure, but I'd imagine the sound isn’t too dissimilar from the air con at this place. The first time we turned it on we were actually laughing at the noise, so we tended to just leave it on whilst we were out and accept a slightly warm night. Would hate to have the choice between heat and noise in the height of summer though!
The staff on reception were helpful at check in and out, the extent of the interaction with them. It's probably been said in many of the previous reviews, but it’s well worth signing up to the free IHG member program before staying here as that gives free wifi at the hotel. All you have to do is get a member number and give that to reception at check in, then you have free wifi throughout the hotel.
Lastly, the roof terrace was small but cool and offered some really good views, especially as the big cruise ships came in or out of the quay. We enjoyed a bottle of wine up there whilst watching the sun set and all the ferries rush around below.
In summary, a great location and at least a chance of spectacular views, but also in real need of an overhaul. If you can get a cheap deal and are a deep sleeper (or can survive without aircon) then this could be a good bet, otherwise I'd be tempted to look at other options. If they do renovate and sort the air con this place would be a winner.
- 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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