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“Don't expect anything special, standard Novotel”

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Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour
Ranked #69 of 175 Hotels in Sydney
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Don't expect anything special, standard Novotel”
Reviewed December 12, 2007

Reasonable price for location.
Rooms nice (views at back of hotel poor)
Bed good.
Clean.
Pool area a waste of time
Good location on doorstep of Darling Harbour.
Food places around Harbour not great food and expensive (world city).
Nothing special but no problems.

Trip to Manly on ferry lovely.
Manly beach nice.
Opera House a good trek from hotel.

  • Liked — Close to Darling Harbour
  • Disliked — Boring Hotel
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane
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83 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed November 13, 2007

Stayed at the Hotel last week, as attending a conference at the Convention centre. Fantastic location for the convention centre, undercover 5 minute walk away. Also excellent if wanting to go to the City via Monorail or Central train station via light rail, both directly outside the hotel.

Rooms were expensive but well appointed, and as per a previous review the blockout shutters were the best I have ever experienced and guaranteed a good night's sleep.

Didn't eat at the hotel - breakfast was pricey, but the bar was reasonable value and nice.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Price of breakfast
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled on business
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3 Thank JohnandLisa
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Wollongong
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10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed November 10, 2007

We've just returned from an overnight stay at The Novotel Darling Harbour. We stayed with our 2 young children in a deluxe harbour view room. Rooms have been refurbished and are very light and comfortable. The room was clean and well appointed with fantastic views. You are truly paying for the excellent location and outlook. The room was a semi 'L' shape so a sitting/workspace area was into the corner. There were 2 LCD TV's (one adjacent to the beds and the other in the lounge area) which turned out to be handy as we were able to put the boys to bed undisturbed and enjoy staying up, catching the views and watching some TV, relaxing! Staff were pleasant and helpful. Breakfast was nice, a great start for a busy day. A definite plus was the block out shutter, no noise and total darkness. This little beauty helped us keep our young children asleep till gone 8.30am. A sleep in, What a bonus! Overall we really enjoyed our stay, but it was expensive. However, it is nice to treat and pamper yourself every now and then!

  • Liked — Location and views
  • Disliked — Price
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with family
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3 Thank kazkap
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Sydney, Australia
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80 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed November 1, 2007

I stay at this hotel on a regular basis. It is well appointed, large rooms, clean and very comfortable and has its own parking area. It is located in Darling Harbour with direct undercover access to a range of restaurants and bars. If you have booked the cheaper Pyrmont view room you might want to ask for an upgrade to a harbour view room (they might just oblige) it is much nicer.
Don't bother with the restaurant in the hotel. You will find much better value with one of the restaurants lining the harbour (although they do not stay open very late during the middle of the week - if that's the case go for the room service).

  • Liked — location
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled on business
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2 Thank David_Susie
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Yorkshire England
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed November 1, 2007

This is a huge hotel, dont expect any special treament as there are so many quest's. The rooms are adequite and clean, I recommend you push the boat out and have a harbour view room, the view at night is awsome. Don't waste your money on the breakfast, the restaurants on Darling Harbour will provide anything you want at half the price and great atmosphere. Same again for diner, if you want a change from DH then China Town is only a short walk accross the harbour where you can sit outside and soak in the atmosphere. Directly behind the Novotel there is a 24 hour mini market with cheap internet access. A short walk down the road from there is the casino and Lyric Theatre (we saw Miss Saigon), where there is more shops and reastuarants. After staying in Sydney for 6 days and exploring all areas I doubt this hotel can't be beaten for location.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Reception area
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank janwilson
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Australia
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22 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed October 31, 2007

Stayed in a deluxe harbour view room. It was very modern and had a beautiful room of darling harbour and the city. Great location for people who have a short amount of time to see a lot of sydney. It is conveniently located in Darling Harbour and a short walk from the Casino. It is also located on the monorail which makes getting into town even easier than walking. If your wanting to keep the price down this might not be the place for you, but thats the same with most upmarket accommodation in Sydney.
Concerge and reception were great and very helpful.

  • Liked — Location
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank ka7i3
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Leeds
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed October 28, 2007

We stayed in this hotel for a week on the 8th floor which was a smoking floor .The room was spacious and clean but the view of the harbour is magnificent .The location is good and plenty to do in a week the reception and concierge were most helpful .On this floor we needed to buy a wireless card for broadband but was no problem and affordable.

  • Liked — The View
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour
Address: 100 Murray Street | Darling Harbour, Pyrmont, Sydney, New South Wales 2009, Australia
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney > Central Business District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Green Hotel in Sydney
#23 Family Hotel in Sydney
#36 Business Hotel in Sydney
#38 Romantic Hotel in Sydney
#63 Luxury Hotel in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour 4.5*
Number of rooms: 525
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy a warm welcome and stunning view of Darling Harbour and the city skyline at the Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour, proudly located in one of the world's great waterfront destinations. Connected via undercover walkway to Harbourside Shopping Centre, you can walk right outside our doors to an array of restaurants and clubs along with Sydney's premier attractions. Venture over to Sydney City and Darling Harbour, pay a visit to Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, get up close and personal with a Koala at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, walk under water at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium or experience world-renowned exhibits at Powerhouse and National Maritime Museums. Modern and comfortable, the hotel provides a variety of facilities and services all for our guests' well being - Business Centre, 24-hour room service, The Ternary - our brand new restaurant offering Asian & Grill Kitchens along with a Wine Bar & Charcuterie and great recreational facilities including swimming pool, gymnasium and an outdoor tennis court. From our convenient and comfortable accommodations to a myriad of free entertainment and festivals in the precinct, embrace the vibrancy of Sydney at Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour. ... more   less 
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