We had an executive Studio apartment for 6 nights and it was perfect for two, plenty of room, nice living area and balcony with views of Australia Square, all the kitchen facilities you’d want and a nice bedroom area, set at the back of the room, so we didn’t suffer from street noise, also being on a high floor helps. We found Sydney cheaper than Melbourne but Oz is still expensive, so we tended to eat in more and there’s a large supermarket and booze shop, very important, a few blocks up George Street. The hotel entrance is a bit sanitary and reception wasn’t over friendly, by Australian standards but we got what we wanted there and the rooftop pool was outstanding, although other skyscrapers did shadow it, in the late afternoon. However, I’d contracted a septic toe, so I couldn’t use it or have a dip at Bondi Beach, much to my disappointment but our involvement with the Australian Medicare system was pleasant, plenty of Health Centres about and we got a refund on some of the cash we’d spent, well worth knowing about the refund.
The hotel situation was superb, most places were within a few minutes walk and there was a Wally Tourist bus stop nearby, in the morning the tourist bus would be full by the time it got past there, so it was a good situation. We met a friend in Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains and instead of getting an expensive tourist bus we bought a ticket at Wynyard Street Station, just across the road which covered, the metro, the train and the Katoomba Tourist Bus, terrific value. Also, you can buy day passes for the ferries and public transport at Circular Quay, where the huge liners pull in and we loved the Rocks area, although never did find the craft brewery we spent ages looking for and we did feel very safe wondering about the main areas in the city.
Our only major complaint about the hotel, apart from the fact I kept on tripping over the small step into the bathroom, was the usual one of big chains charging for WiFi, we saw a poor woman sweating over how to get onto her iPad, in reception and paying through the nose for it. As usual, there are plenty of places who are glad of your custom and let you have free access. Our favourite was the Grand, about 50 yards diagonally across Australia Square, a busy bustling square favoured by the office workers, early doors. We didn’t try the restaurant at the Grand but the bar was like an old UK one with wood panelling, friendly staff, reasonably priced beer by Oz standards and easily accessed WiFi, the only thing that surprised us was, it shut on a Sunday, bit like Scotland when I was a lad.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mantra 2 Bond Street Sydney is perfectly located close to Sydney Harbour and Circular Quay and is a minute away from the heart of Sydney's CBD. Mantra 2 Bond Street's accommodation is ideal for singles through to groups of six with a variety of rooms including Executive Studios, One, and Two Bedroom Apartments, penthouses or junior suites, most with stunning Sydney city views. Please note no twin bedding available. All rooms are fully self-contained and feature broadband internet access, cable TV, in-house movies, mini bar and climate controlled air-conditioning. Memento Lounge & Bistro is located onsite at Mantra Bond Street and showcases Australia's best produce, modern food with a traditional touch and an exclusive selection of Australian and International wines - perfect for a night in. If you want to head out there is a host of multicultural cuisines at an array of restaurants and bars located within close proximity to Mantra 2 Bond Street. For those that have time to indulge in some leisure, the luxurious rooftop pool and spa is the ideal spot to relax while watching the world go by. Mantra 2 Bond Street is perfectly positioned to take advantage of what Sydney has on offer. Enjoy a swim or some sightseeing at over 70 harbours and ocean beaches including the famous and iconic Bondi Beach. Entertainment is first class with an array of world-class theatres, museums and galleries spread across the city, but if shopping is on the cards the CBD is a shopper's paradise with a number of department stores, one of a kind boutiques and designer fashions. The Rocks sits just north of the CBD and is the perfect blend of old and new in Sydney with beautiful buildings, shops, pubs and restaurants. Guests must present a credit card upon arrival and Mantra 2 Bond Street has a no cash policy. If you elect to pay your account by credit card or other card using a credit payment facility, Mantra Group reserve the right to charge a payment processing fee in order to cover its associated administrative cost. Mantra 2 Bond Street is a NON SMOKING hotel. Maintenance Notice: Mantra 2 Bond Street is planning an upgrade of rooms and facilities to begin on Tuesday 13 June 2017. It is expected the works will continue until 30 September 2017. The hotel does plan to minimise disruption towards all guests, but understands there will be some inconvenience incurred. For all up to date information please contact the hotel directly. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mantra 2 Bond Street Hotel Sydney
- Mantra 2 Bond Street Sydney
- Saville Hotel Sydney