The Grace Hotel is a beautiful classic hotel. Marble and brass and lovely dark woodwork are everywhere. The staff is exceptional, uniformed and very professional. The rooms are spacious, very modern and have quality fixtures and furnishings. The room service offerings were very good and reasonably priced. They have on site parking and valet assistance.
We had only two issues with our stay. The first was Wi-Fi Internet. The Grace has no business center or even free Wi-Fi in the lobby. It is charged by the hour and we just couldn't justify that for the brief interactions we needed so it was inconvenient. This should really just be a cost of doing business for a modern hotel. To their credit and our gratitude, they did print an email for us that had tour details we had misplaced. Again, great staff.
The other issue was location. All the better restaurants and attractions were always blocks to kilometers away. We didn't have a car during our stay and ended up walking a lot. There is a free shuttle bus that runs up and down George St (a block over from York) up to the Circular Quay. But it doesn't begin until 10am and stops at 4:30pm weekdays and 6:00pm on weekends(Winter hours). That frequently started too late and ended much too early for us. We took a cab one early morning for our tour of the Sydney Opera House for $11. If you have your own car, don't mind paying for a taxi all the time, or plan to walk in every direction to see the sights anyway you'll be fine. The hotel is a very convenient walk to the aquarium wharf where you can catch the ferries or the fabulous hop-on hop-off explorer cruise (recommended) so with some planning it would have been easier than the way we did it. Enjoy Sydney, it's a beautiful city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover Sydney from its heart at The Grace Hotel and be steps away from Darling Harbour and King Street Wharf, plus the best shopping, theatres and entertainment on offer. Standing beautifully restored today, the heritage listed 4 1/2 star Grace Hotel offers warm, personalised service and a unique blend of Art Deco charm and contemporary elegance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sydney Grace Hotel
- Grace Hotel Sydney