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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Astral Tower And Residences Hotel Sydney
- Star City Sydney
- Star City Hotel Sydney
- City Star Sydney