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Holiday Inn Darling Harbour
Ranked #82 of 178 Hotels in Sydney
Australia
Level 6 Contributor
115 reviews
66 hotel reviews
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“Great Hotel”
Reviewed May 4, 2008

We needed a one night in stay in Sydney to attend a concert at the Entertainment Centre. Holiday Inn Darling Harbour could not have been any closer to the venue and is very handily located for other activities in and around Darling Harbour and Chinatown.

I believe the hotel has undergone a recent renovation and had additional floor(s) added.

Starting with reception everything was excellent. Desk staff were extremely courteous and efficient. The Concierge had an excellent knowledge of the city and was able to give great assistance with driving directions etc. Parking is limited and we were accomodated in the Entertainment Centre Car Park which was a short 3 minute walk.

The room we had booked several months back direct through the hotel was a queen deluxe with breakfast package and we were pleasantly surprised to receive an upgrade to an executive suite on one of the new upper floors. The room was great in every regard. Spacious, spotless,modern and well furnished. As we were on a high floor, monorail noise mentioned in other reviews was not an issue.

Eating options at the hotel included a restaurant that served an excellent breakfast buffet and a bar/grill with a limited but good quality and well priced menu and drinks. They cater well for people attending evening concerts at the Entertainment Centre across the road. Meals are light with a reasonable choice on the special "show menu".

It was hard to find fault with this hotel and based on this experience we would most definitely stay again. Accor hotels often receive mediocre reviews for the perception of "generic brand" or "sameness" but to some of us there is a certain comfort in knowing what to expect quality wise. This is the case with most Holiday Inns we have stayed at. The same concept of familiarity seems to work ok for McDonalds !!. 10/10 Holiday Inn Darling Harbour.

  • Liked — Spacious modern room and the hotels' location
  • Disliked — Nothing to dislike
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Cardiff Wales
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219 reviews
114 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
Reviewed April 30, 2008

Spent four nights at the hotel at the start of our Australian holiday.
We found the hotel to be in an ideal location easy access to local transport , bus , monorail , chinatown and 5 -10 minute walk to Darling Harbour. Paddys Market is at the end of the road.

The hotel room we had was very nice, large and well furnished, the facilities at the hotel are good. This is a large hotel, unfortunately our room on the first floor at the front of the building had the monorail right outside the window. Advise you ask for a room on a higher level or away from the front of the building.

Sydney has so much to offer its hard to know were to start. We climbed the bridge, went on the ferry to Manly, visited the botanical gardens etc ,etc.

  • Liked — The location is good and the room was ideal.
  • Disliked — The monorail outside the window.
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed April 17, 2008

Stayed in the Executive Room on a high floor overlooking the Sydney Entertainment Centre and Gardens.

I loved this hotel, everything about it. Lovely lighting and decor, very comfortable bed - and their hot chocolate is heavenly! I would definitely stay here again. It was very peaceful, central and well serviced!

Stayed January 2008
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Canberra - Australia
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172 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed April 12, 2008

I stay at this hotel regularly for business and pleasure. It is in a great location, right next to Chinatown, across the road from the Sydney Entertainment Centre and a short walk from Darling Harbour. They have recently renovated their bar/bistro and have also started to upgrade rooms. While it is not in the most glamorous part of the city it is well worth a visit.

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled on business
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Berlin, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed April 11, 2008

i stayed only one night in this hotel in april 2008 at the end of our australian trip. The hotel is located nearby china town.
I must say, that it was very noisy. We had a room at the back of the hotel and we heard the airconditioning machines from the buildings across the street. When you have a room to the street, you have the monorail directly in front of your window. So it is hard to find a quiet room.
Overall the best years of this hotel are over.
I also stood in the novotel darling harbour, it was cheaper and better.
I would not choose this hotel again.

  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed April 3, 2008

The hotel was nicer than expected. We were given a good size room for the two of us and a baby. They provided the portable cot for free and when we put the cot by the window, there was still enough space for the baby to play on the floor. The TV remote has some problems and ABC channel appears black & white at times. We read previous reviews that the hotel has undergone some renovations recently and we noticed the foyer was done up quite nicely. It was great to be so close to Chinatown for some cheap meals. It was also very close to the Powerhouse Museum.

  • Liked — Value
  • Disliked — No swimming pool
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
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Wales
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed March 29, 2008

A high standard hotel in an excellent location. A short walk from Darling Harbour with plenty of attractions and places to eat and drink. We had a large room which catered very well for 3 adults. The breakfast was delicious, as was the meal we had at the hotel. Would definitely return here.

Stayed March 2008
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Additional Information about Holiday Inn Darling Harbour

Property: Holiday Inn Darling Harbour
Address: 68 Harbour St, Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#74 Luxury Hotel in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Holiday Inn Darling Harbour 4*
Number of rooms: 346
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Emanating a quiet charm right in the middle of the action, Holiday Inn Darling Harbour has the best that Sydney has to offer on its doorstep. A heritage listed former Wool Store cloaks the northern wing of the hotel in history. Situated in the southern end of Sydney's central business district, the hotel is ideally positioned to allow you to make the most of your visit to Sydney. Take a leisurely stroll through Darling Harbour with its many attractions. The vibrant Chinatown and Latin Quarter are close by and the Qantas Credit Union Arena is right across the road. You can walk to some of Sydney's best restaurants, theatres and shopping complexes. For something a little different, board a ferry or the light rail for sightseeing. Trains and buses to Pitt Street Mall shopping precinct and Circular Quay are nearby too. ... more   less 
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