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Astral Tower and Residences
Ranked #55 of 178 Hotels in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Brisbane, Australia
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“A luxury apartment with everthing you need”
Reviewed March 11, 2010

Before booking into Star City, I researched every place in or reasonably close to Darling Harbour, where my husband was attending a conference. I chose to stay in an apartment rather than a standard hotel room as I prefer the extra room and the ability to prepare a light breakfast & snacks. Star City delivered so much more.

We had a "Studio Apartment", no upgrade as other lucky reviewers have scored. Luckily the bedroom was placed in such a way that it was totally private. We were very happy with the extensive floor space, generous balcony (no furniture, maybe for child safety).

As well as view of Sydney harbour, city skyline, the Harbour Bridge, the Maritime Museum, parklands and wharf areas, our apartment had everything we needed including a huge, fully equipped granite kitchen, full laundry, dining suite and a comfy lounge.

The very comfortable king size bed with had quality linen, stacks of pillows, a large wardrobe with internal lights that activated when doors were slid open. There were plenty of drawers, cupboards & shelves in every room. Towels were ultra large and thick.

Unlike other apartments which are not serviced during your stay, or only every four days, these were cleaned and serviced every day. Any request was met quickly and efficiently.

All staff at Star City are obviously chosen carefully and trained well; combining friendliness with quick service, even the burly “security” checking patrons at the base of the escalator to the gaming floors.

Although part of the Star City Casino complex, the apartments are accessed through a separate entry of the main thoroughfare – you don’t need to share lifts with the many, many people who seemed to stream into the casino floors all day and night. Renovation and construction work was going on during our stay, but we heard nothing.

In case this all sounds too good to be likely, I had a few gripes, which I didn’t complain about at the time – they are very trivial and more than offset by the good aspects. One was that the kitchen was supplied with only two of each item of crockery and cutlery, obviously to discourage “extra” non-paying guests.

The television was not digital, and the extra channels were mainly paid movies ($16.95 per view), sports and hotel promotions. Not important most of the time, but a bit limited.

The fairly grotty level below the main complex floor houses a station for Sydney’s Light Rail (called a tram, but looks like train to me) which for a fairly hefty fare takes you to various places including Central Station and the lovely suburb of Glebe (visit Glebebooks & Sonoma Café). It took perseverance to find this & the bus station, as signs are obscure, and it is easy to lose your sense of direction in the curves and corridors. Finding the shortest route to the nearby ferry terminal was also a challenge. Please note this was not due to directions from the Concierge – I was going it alone.

Star City seems to have numerous cafes & restaurants, only one of which (Seans) we tried. The food here is exceptional. Again, finding it was a chore, as I was advised to go through The Poker Room to access it. This I did, with my young & attractive daughter, while a poker tournament was on – all men, all seemingly able to play & perve at the same time. The main stairway got us out with less scrutiny.

I enjoyed my four night stay very much, and would live here if I could – I would just bring my own TV, plates & cutlery. Anyone who complains about the standards must live in a palace somewhere.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled on business
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed March 10, 2010

We stayed in a two bedroom apartment overlooking the city and darling harbour.
it was the most amazing view and had a great location- easy acsess to darling harbour, monorail, shops, restaurants, buses etc. the apartment was very modern and spacious.
Pool was great and not too cold. Starcity is having alot of renarvations that should be finished in about a year, but it didn't disterb our stay - apart from some restaurants being closed.The staff were amazing very helpful and polite.

overall we absolutley loved starcity and if we were going back to sydney wound not look any where else to stay.
would recomend to anyone looking for accomadation with real wow factor

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
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Tacoma, Washington
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Reviewed March 9, 2010

Better for upper class folks that want to stay somewhere classy and feel classy. Not the best for a group of twenty -something military guys.

Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
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Morpeth
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Reviewed February 4, 2010

The Casino was just amazing. Truly spectacular (although not quite Vegas!!). We spent hours there and really enjoyed ourselves.

The Hotel was ok - I would probably rate it about a 4.5 star hotel compared to others in australia. the decor is starting to become dated. For the price $AU400 per night I would have expected much more. Also, don't assume that the Casino is in Darling Harbour as it is quite a few blocks away which became a tiresome walk after staying a few days.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Townsville, Australia
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Reviewed February 1, 2010

We choose Star City for our girls weekend as it was very convenient for Mamma Mia. We booked the basic Pyrmont room direct with the hotel and upon check in we were surprised to see that we were upgraded to a 2 bedroom apartment. The room was huge with 2 bathroom which was great with two girls getting ready to go out. We had a great view of the city sky line and the Harbour Bridge from our balcony. Thanks Star City for a very special weekend.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
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Gladstone, Australia
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Reviewed February 1, 2010

We stayed here one night before Australia Day, tried to get a 2 bedroom apartment but none available. Asked for two rooms to be close to each other or at least on same floor. We were placed side by side which was great. One room had late check out, bottle wine & free gift. The bottle of wine & free gift had to be asked for, and I am sure the reception did not believe me when I said I hadn't received them after I had checked the room. Breakfast in the Garden Restaurant was lovely, hardly anyone around and food very good, although one customer received something in his meal he was not happy about. Transport to the airport was arranged very quickly and with a smile which was nice. Shuttle trip was great got to see some of Sydney, was prompt on time. Rooms were fine, not 5 star though. Spa was not working, very disappointed with that. Gym & pool were great.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
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Melbourne
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Reviewed January 25, 2010

We had a 2 bedroom apartment which was fantastic. Check in smooth all staff very courteous. The pool was great. There is construction as the hotel is being extended but the rooms were sound proof and only heard any noise if the sliding door or window was opened. Can't wait for the upgrades would definately stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Astral Tower and Residences
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
#51 Luxury Hotel in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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