I had reserved a room at HI Darling Harbour for a 3 night business stay. Rates were high in Sydney for part of this period and I was quoted AUD 279 plus taxes for a standard room!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Having arrived at the hotel around 20:30, I was greeted courteously in a lobby which reeked of stale chinese food. My assigned room was #134 - 1st floor at the end of a corridor with steps down into the room, 2 double beds with the thinnest mattreses ever seen, a window more akin to that found in a prison cell - minus the bars - looking out over a sea of dustbins and the entire room reeking of stale drains etc. I asked for a room change to be offered the only remaining room in the hotel - with 3 single beds. I declined to stay at this appalling advert for Holiday Inn and would NEVER book there again. The only thing that the Duty Manager got right was to book me into a studio at Quest Potts Point - at a fraction of the over-inflated price quoted by HI. Oh, and HI did pay for the cab fare up to Potts Point.
Quite simply, the most appalling advert ever for a major, 'reputable' hotel chain.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Darling Harbour Hotel Sydney
- Holiday Inn Sydney
- Sydney Holiday Inn