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Astral Tower and Residences
Ranked #51 of 179 Hotels in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 25, 2011

We're a family of four that travelled to Sydney for a long weekend away. We stayed here for its location to the fish market and close proximity to Darling Harbour - not to mention late night entertainment if you wanted it. There's a Coles supermarket just across the street if you needed any everyday things.

We stayed in the city view room and the view was fabulous- even saw the Harbour Bridge! Renovations were occurring but we did not hear a sound - though I'm not sure how much actually went on as it was raining for three out of the four days we were there. Rooms were clean and spacious though there was still a hint of smoke in the room (we were on a non-smoking floor too). Beds were wonderfully firm and comfy and they even had a pillow menu for you.

There were numerous restaurants located throughout the casino complex which came in handy those nights when it poured. There was a great variety of food at the garden buffet. Would certainly stay here again.

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Reviewed March 8, 2011

This is a very nice hotel, with large rooms and all the perks you'd expect from a 5-Star hotel.

Check in was pleasant and with a smile.

Location is an easy walk to Darling Harbour. Also very close to the Star City Casino which is in the same complex.

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Reviewed February 25, 2011

Family (mum, dad with two boys seven and four) stayed four nights in two bedroom apartment. All staff were very friendly and helpful from the moment we arrived till we left. From walking in the hall ways to desk staff, everybody we met had smiles and genuine greetings for us. Accommodation was first class, beautifully presented and well maintained. Sound levels were good, we couldn't hear a soul, although we're not sure other people couldn't hear our kids!!!
We're already talking about when we can go again, not for Sydney, just for the hotel.
5 stars.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 24, 2011

For a 5 star rating I was very disappointed with the quality, service and location. I think the person who gave this place a 5 star rating should find another job. We booked a deluxe room few months prior, on arrival we were given an apartment in the towers. The room had a musty smell and the carpet dirty. Weren't notified that breakfast was finishing at 10am on checkin. Went down to breakfast and find out that breakfast was finishing in 10 mins. Quite a few couples arrived after us which were disappointed also. The casino is of poor standards. Limited to what you can purchase to eat, sports bar available only, very limited choice of poor quality food and poor service. The location is near the fish market, you don't want to be outside too long, the smell wants to make you dry reach. As for security don't leave your bags unlocked in rooms. People can't read DO NOT DISTURB on the door. Come to Perth, our Burswood Casino is a true 5 star!

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 19, 2011

Stayed in a three-bedroomed apartment, which was ideal for the six of us and worked out to be excellent value for such a popular destination. It had all the amenities of self-catering, with the service of a hotel. The larger apartments are situated in the hotel so that there are good vies of the bridge and business district from the balcony. The pool and gym were quiet and well kept. The staff were excellent both before and during the trip. The only drawback was the current building work, which statrs at 7am. If you're a light sleeper avoid for what the staff estimate to be another year.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 12, 2011

We stayed here on 11 Feb for an early Valentine's Day treat. We live and work in Sydney. Purchased through WOTIF ($500 for one night in a Star Suite) as an Escape Package - breakfast, late check-out and bubbly/strawberries on arrival.

The good:

Great room - Star Suite cost quite a bit (!) but was very roomy, had a great luxe look and feel, 3 TV's, amazing couch, lovely bath, nice view of harbour and a few little glitzy touches to make it feel like a proper upmarket 'casino' stay - a la Las Vegas (colour lights in bed headboard, TV in bathroom and amazing mini bar area).

Plenty to do - great location to city/harbour attractions, big casino complex including Lyric Theatre - not as nice as Crown but something different and fun. We don't even know how to gamble but had fun in the casino atmosphere.

Service - very friendly and professional staff. From housekeeping to room service to casino and front desk - all staff were very helpful, open and friendly yet professional. No attitude or arrogance as found in some large hotels. A plus!

Breakfast - elegant and vast continental breakfast (hot food costs extra) in Sean's Kitchen.

Pool area - whilst not exactly 5 star - the Turbine's health club was great and not crowded, Great view from the pool.

The not so good:

The price! The most expensive one night we have paid for in Australia!

We were meant to recieve champagne and strawberries on arrival as part of the package and we recieved a bottle of low end white wine and a small bowl of cherries - these things matter when it is a Valentine's Day stay!

Range of bath products was a bit minimal considering the amazing bath/bathroom/suite. No specific bath salt or bubble bath offered.

Porter and valet staff were very helpful but clearly run off their feet. Delays were experienced.

I think for the price - one hot option should have been included with breakfast.

If we could get a very good price - we would stay in a Star Suite again - we loved the room and it was a fun stay - however for the same price - I would be tempted to try the Hyatt or Shangri-la next time as it was not 'unforgettable'.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 28, 2011

We paid a bomb to stay here during New Year 2011 in a 2 bedroom apartment. The apartment was nice enough with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a smallish living room and a semi-open kitchen and a small balcony. Attached to the casino hotel which has few restaurant and night club options. 10 minute walk to Darling Harbour which was somewhat handy.

Having the apartment as a part of a 5* hotel is a big plus for daily housekeeping, very competent concierge, restaurants, security, etc.

If you are in Sydney to be at the centre of attractions, harbour, etc., the location is quite off though.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with family
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Address: 80 Pyrmont St | 80 Pyrmont St, Sydney, New South Wales 2009, Australia
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#16 Spa Hotel in Sydney
#35 Family Hotel in Sydney
#47 Luxury Hotel in Sydney
Price Range: $219 - $573 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Astral Tower and Residences 5*
Number of rooms: 435
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Whether you're looking for a weekend escape, a short stay or a place to call home for a Sydney holiday, Astral Tower provides contemporary five-star accommodation like no other with stunning views. If you're looking for something a little more spacious, Astral Residences offer everything you need if you're looking for apartment style living for business or leisure. We have one, two and three bedroom serviced apartments at our residences, each with their own private balcony and in-room media centre. ... more   less 
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Astral Tower And Residences Hotel Sydney
Star City Sydney
Star City Hotel Sydney
City Star Sydney

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