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Astral Tower and Residences at The Star
Ranked #53 of 174 Hotels in Sydney
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Nuneaton
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143 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
“Great Location”
Reviewed January 18, 2008

Stayed seven nights from New years day, we picked Star City as it was close to Darling Harbour. The downside first, they had no apartments available and we were placed in a Deluxe Room, very Nice but the Sheraton in Noosa was better. Considering the money we were paying the room could have been nicer and the view was not good (so beware).
The good points, we ate at Fortunes which was Breakfast Buffet this was in with the price of the Room, Buffet was excellent with a lot of choice, although senior staff attempted to try and rush you if it was close to closing (10.30am). We also ate at Pyrmonts this is a excellant location and wonderful food I highly recommend the Seafood platter for two . We also used Astral Bar on the roof, which is a excellant way to start or end your evening, inside or out you will have a gorgeous view of Darling Harbour,CBD and the Bridge.
We visited the Casino (not my scene) but for those who enjoy a flutter there cannot be better in Oz and we enjoyed having a drink in one of the bars and just people watched, the casino seemed busy 24/7.
There are a number of bars and eateries you can use (Harbour Walk) including, Subway, Score Bar, Irish Bar, Ice Cream Parlour,Pizza restaurant, situated here is the convenience store which had about everything and always open.
The Hotel Coffee Lounge is quiet and well stocked with Cakes etc.
We used the pool, the location is a bonus with good views of Sydney whilst you relax, the gym situated here is also very good.
The location of the Resort (thats what it is) is about 3-4 minute walk from the Maritime Musum, which is the start of Darling Harbour and all the attractions.
I would have given Star City the five, but there were little things that stopped me doing so, however if you go you will enjoy your stay I would recommend the apartments and not the deluxe rooms

  • Liked — The Location and restaurants
  • Disliked — The View from the Deluxe Room!
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with family
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Uddingston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 7, 2008

we stopped at this hotel for four nights on our way to New Zealand. Our 2 bed apt far exceeded our expectations for size ,cleanliness and comfort. I would highly recommend it and would definitely choose Star City as first choice if I return to Sydney.

  • Liked — cleanliness, spaciousness and views from both balconies especially at night
  • Disliked — having to leave
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
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Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed January 4, 2008

We stayed in this hotel at the beginning of October, 2007 and it was fabulous. The hotel was like a mini city, the rooms were lovely and the whole experience is one i would advise anyone to try. I would definately return to stay here should I be lucky enough to go back to Oz.

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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed January 1, 2008

If you are looking for a good quality,clean and modern apartment stay here.Close walk to Darling Harbour for good restaurants and Aquarium.
Also ferry stop here gives easy and cheap access to Circular Harbour.
The city centre is an enjoyable and short walk from Star City.

Stayed December 2007
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Wales
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed December 16, 2007

It is what it is i.e. a Casino Hotel! That said we stayed in a three bedroom apartment on the ninth floor (952) that had fantastic views of Darling Harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge - all which looked spectular - especially at night.

Darling Harbour with its bars and restaurants is only minutes away. Yoy can walk to Circular Quay via Market Street and George Street in about 30 minutes or alternatively you can catch a ferry (with five stops) from Darling Quay.

Our room had all the facilities to support our stay. The convenience store open 247 is good but a little pricey. The food mall ranges from a Subway to an Italian style bistro and there is also fast food and more in the casino.

We are not casino types but it is well worth going if only people watch and enter the free daily draw ... you need to register for a casino card (which is free). My wife won a $10 voucher which she converted to $100 with a lucky win on the roulette table. Our one and only gamble!

Also it is worth going to Chinatown via Darling Harbour Gardens. It takes about 20 mins to walk there and the food is cheap compared to the harbourside restaurants.

  • Liked — Location and value for money and views
  • Disliked — None
  • Stayed December 2007
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Sydney, Australia
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225 reviews
93 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 360 helpful votes
Reviewed October 28, 2007

Booked for 2 adults and one child. The beds were big and comfortable, with tea / coffee facilities. The bathroom was a decent size with large towels.

The pool was rather unique. Part of it was undercover and the other half open air. It was supposedly heated but felt relatively cool. There was a children's pool that was really warm and steaming. Towels were supplied at the pool.

The buffet breakfast (included in the package) was quite substantial and delicious. We could have upgraded and had it at the Astral for a few dollars more but was happy with the selection. They had a hot and cold selection and simple Chinese treats (dumplings, egg tarts, rice porridge). The staff at the breakfast place was extremely polite and friendly.

The front desk was a bit inconsistent. My husband and child checked in around noon and was told to wait as the room was not ready. Fair enough as check in was 2:00 pm which is standard They were told they would be called as soon as possible. When I arrived at 3:30, I was surprised to see them waiting in the lobby with no information whatsoever. I approached the front desk and was given a key immediately - so the room must have been ready. There were no apologies.

However at other times the front desk service was excellent.

On the whole, the experience was rather nice. Although we live in the city, it was still pleasant t discover the Pyrmont side of town.

  • Liked — The staff at the Fortunes Bistro was excellent
  • Disliked — Inconsistent fron desk service
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
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5 Thank Love_Life_Sydney
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Wollongong
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed October 14, 2007

excellent hotel, lovely rooms, great service, loved that things were opened 24 hours, even if you dont like the casino, a great place to visit, just to look at. Great location, walk easily to Darling Harbour and georgous views of the city from balconies. We stayed in a superior pyrmont view room.

  • Liked — everything being opened 24 hours
  • Disliked — drunk people hanging around after midnight
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled on business
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1 Thank kazlac
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Additional Information about Astral Tower and Residences at The Star

Property: Astral Tower and Residences at The Star
Address: Star City Casino Entertainment 80 Pyrmont St | Pyrmont, 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:
#15 Spa Hotel in Sydney
#35 Family Hotel in Sydney
#49 Luxury Hotel in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Astral Tower and Residences at The Star 5*
Number of rooms: 476
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casino Hotel Complex situated 1 km across Darling Harbour from the city. ... more   less 
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