Admittedly not quite as luxurious a place to stay as the pictures may cleverly indicate, but decent. Keeping in mind many people including me have sometimes unrealistic expectations of what you'll get for your budget these days, I would still call it a solid 3.5 to 4 star. Apart from 1 offputting staff member whom we rang ahead to inform of our late arrival on first night, staff were good. For some reason signs indicate it was once called the Bayview or Bayview Boulevard Sydney but we forgot to ask staff why. We stayed here for 4 nights having, unusually, booked ahead as we could see how busy Sydney was going to be during Vivid [I think it’s still on until 9th of June, involving lights & video projected onto certain buildings & music acts as well, they also mention ‘ideas’ but I don’t really know how that translates into reality]. Anyhow it was a good hotel, we’d been held up extra hours on Saturday night on top of a really long driving trip from Brisbane due to an accident & when Ormando checked us in he was welcoming & pleasant. We were in an Emerald Executive floor & initially we weren’t overly thrilled with our room, particularly the bathroom having a shower over bath with not the most modern looking curtain attached [did have a separate shower but tiny in the corner]. The room itself looked a bit more tattered than the pictures make out also, & I think I heard a couple next door being let’s say very loving with each other at around 1:30 am, as the walls were a little thin through the connecting door [locked thank God]. Staff were gracious about moving us to another room the next day which was much better & less worn, less marks on the wall etc, although the bathroom had a similar fitout it was set out better & had better use of space. The view which I hope shows in the pictures, was also really good [this was room 2101, harbour view side]. I know you're not right upon the harbour or seeing much water but you can see the bridge & back of the opera house. Our room had a small empty mini bar type fridge that kept our soft drinks & water really cold.
Forgot to mention I freaked out while in CBD & thought I'd lost my purse, I rang hotel's reception & they were good enough to check this for me & let me know I hadn't.
If you care about bathrooms be sure to check what yours will be like ahead of time. I heard that if you don’t remember to close the bathroom door while showering & steam sets off the fire alarm, you will be fined so remember to shut yourself in properly & enjoy your own steam room !Location was not particularly centrally located to anything major but was only a few minutes walk away from the botanical gardens & didn’t seem too far away from King’s Cross. We saw several airline staff in their uniforms staying which is probably because they’re about 20 minutes drive away from the airport. There’s a basic gym unfortunately not on the harbour view side which supplied water & towels, & had a steam room & sauna attached, I wish I’d had an excuse not to exercise but oh well, still did less than what I would have at home :) No pool.
Try not to be idiotic like me & remember that breakfast is on first floor in their café & Not on the 25th floor in their restaurant area. I tried hungrily moving up to the restaurant via their lift [wouldn’t let me] & their stairwell [almost locked myself in with no-one around] before another guest told me pityingly it was Level 1, not sure of cost as it was already included in our bill. Hash browns tasted unusual to me & scrambled eggs were sometimes watery & separated, sometimes great [different chef on different days?], generally breakfast was decent, not great & not terrible. There’s an express fancy’ish Woolworths across the street open til midnight every night I believe, & across the other side of the street & slightly down from a pub that you’ll see, there was a good Indian place that provided takeaway at reasonable prices. TV was small & sound-limited, & sometimes the picture would disappear after a while, so I wouldn’t necessarily watching a paid movie on it. Bed was fairly low & slightly saggy but couldn’t have been too bad as we both slept pretty comfortably in it. Also the rooms were well fitted out with curtains [with Velcro] to block out the light really well. We had internet included which was really handy, I think that applies to whatever room/plan. Staff were friendly & rooms were clean & comfortable & fairly nicely furnished, overall I would stay again.
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