Stayed here recently as my regular hotel was full. It's hard to find, located down the end of a rather grubby Chinatown laneway adjacent to car park entrances and boarded-up commercial premises. Don't drive here. Just don't.
The lobby is functional and rather uninviting too, resembling the entrance to a run-of-the-mill residential tower rather than a hotel.
As a corporate traveller, I was a bit taken aback by the demand to provide a drivers licence, which was photocopied, for ID. Sure, I understand the need to protect against fraud, but this isn't some low-rent backpacker hostel. Maybe this practice is OK with the 'Wotif' set, but it's not OK in corporate traveller land, as far as I am concerned.
Those concerns aside, the rooms are large and well appointed. The bed was comfy and the furnishings were nice.
Oddly, my room had the world's largest bathroom, yet the shower cubicle was tiny and would not have been out of place in a caravan. The original intention may have been to include a washing machine in the bathroom (as is the case in many Quest properties) but there wasn't one.
Another interesting comparison with other properties in the Quest chain is the lack of proper 1-bedroom apartments. From what I could tell, this place is almost entirely made up of studio-style rooms.
Most Quest properties have convenient arrangements with nearby restaurants, where guests can charge back meals. At this property, we are offered a booklet with hundreds of restaurants, with meals delivered via a centralised 'courier'. I didn't like the idea of a meal being prepped in Kings Cross or somewhere fairly remote, then being shipped across town, arriving at my door stale and cold. I just ate locally, but of course this meant I missed out on the convenience of being able to centralise my espenses via the chargeback facility.
For the price paid I am reasonably happy with my stay, although for not much more money there are some much nicer, fully licenced and serviced hotels nearby, with in-house restaurants and 24 hour reception, etc.
I'm told there has recently been a change of ownership, so I will wait and see what improvements result from this. I'd stay again, based on value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to APX APARTMENTS Darling Harbour Serviced Apartments. This is inner city living. With Darling Harbour as your neighbourhood, Cockle Bay as your kitchen, Chinatown your dining room and public transport arriving on your doorstep, make APX APARTMENTS Darling Harbour your choice of Sydney CBD accommodation. Most of the spacious and modern studio and one bedroom Darling Harbour serviced apartments feature large private balconies. Sydney's most sought after living location and only a two-minute walk from Sydney's Exhibition and Convention Centres! The perfect Darling Harbour apartments. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Quest On Dixon Darling Harbour Hotel Sydney
- Quest On Dixon Sydney