We stayed in the Oaks Goldsborough Apartments for 4 nights at the end of November.
Firstly, the good point about this hotel - the location... approx 3 minutes walk out of the hotel and you're on Darling Harbour (although there is still somewhat of an 'however' here, as it means you access the harbour via the 2nd floor of a multi-storey car park), but apart from that, the location of the hotel cannot be faulted. Darling Harbour is amazing. More eateries than you can shake a stick at, beautiful views across the harbour, plenty of attractions to keep you busy (Madame Tussauds, Wildlife & Sea-Life centres) as well as the traditional Saturday night firework display is a massive treat!
Now, the reasons for my 'poor' rating of this hotel...
On check-in we were 'upgraded' from a Studio to a One Bedroom Apartment, so initially thought 'great'.. however, on our arrival into the room we couldn't help but think 'well, if this is an upgrade, what are the Studio rooms like?'
We were located on the 3rd floor, where we took the elevator from reception. As the elevator doors opened on the 3rd floor and we turned right onto the landing, our faces dropped. Looking along the wooden-floored and beamed corridors, it simply looked like an 18th century dormitory (or my wife's actual description, a prison). I know the hotel manager keeps replying to reviews over and over again on here saying “The open atrium and the original hardwood floors have been maintained to uphold the authenticity that it was created”, but 4-foot tall punched-hole metal sheeting outlaying the border of each room’s outside space is definitely not authentic! The hardwood floors may be authentic, but also lend themselves to the constant clip-clopping of feet, not to mention the noise created by wheel-on suitcases at all hours.
The rooms are tired and need a little TLC to say the least. Definitely a 'no-frills' approach. We were in room 333, which has the amazing views of the back street (complete with the wheelie-bin collection point directly underneath the balcony) and looks straight into the multi-storey car park. Needless to say, the room hardly gets any natural sunlight – not that you’d have any reason to open the curtains anyhow.
Overall, Darling Harbour is an amazing place to visit, but the experience was definitely spoiled somewhat by staying in this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments, offer central Sydney accommodation in an architecturally renovated historic landmark building. Situated in the hub of Darling Harbour and combining the charm and elegance of the 1800’s, with all the modern amenities for your business or leisure stay.With a magnificent neo-classical facade, original tallow wood floors and exposed ironbark columns featured throughout the hotel, as well as views from many of the rooms over the skyline of Sydney and one of its major attractions, Darling Harbour, Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments stands out. ... more less
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