I was in Sydney for business in early February, then spent a few extra days for sightseeing and relaxation. Since I was on my own dime during these last few days, price was a big factor, and this hotel had a great deal through hotels.com ($100/night). When I arrived, they asked for a voucher that would give me this rate, but I had never received one. Fortunately, the staff accepted my receipt as a voucher and checked me in quickly and graciously.
Though I didn't spend much time in the hotel, it was perfect for my needs. It's a 60-90 train ride to the Blue Mountains and less than an hour to the beaches. I also rented a mountain bike and cycled through and around Olympic Park, which is kept in lovely condition, unlike other "white elephant" Olympic sites.
Rooms were clean, spacious, and comfortable. I use a CPAP to sleep, and housekeeping/reception lent me an adapter so I could plug it into the wall. They also lent me an adapter to charge my BlackBerry. I did a few loads of laundry in the basement pay machines--reception will give you change for the machines. The only (minor) disappointment was the lack of a workout room. I'm very active and managed to do a lot out of doors (many of the beaches have workout apparatus), so the lack of a fitness center was not a huge issue.
Re location: It's right near the corner of a major thoroughfare, across the street from a strip mall containing KFC, McDonald's, Subway, etc. There is also a grocery store across the street, which allowed me to stock up on healthy snacks in between fast food meals.
The hotel is about a 15 minute walk to the Parramatta train station, which goes directly to downtown Sydney. The pier, from which you can take a ferry downtown, is about the same distance. There is a much closer train station at Rosehill, tucked between the thoroughfare and the horse racing facility, which is virtually hidden. The trains come less frequently, but you can change right onto the Parramatta line. It's not ideal to walk there with heavy luggage, as I did, though. Most of the way there are no sidewalks and it's not safe to walk in the street. There is a nifty horse bridge via which you can cross the thoroughfare, but with heavy baggage the extra steps can be excruciating.
Overall, very satisfactory.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mercure Sydney Parramatta offers spacious and contemporary 4 star accommodation on the fringe of Parramatta CBD. Attending an event? We are in prime position opposite Rosehill Gardens, a 10 minute drive from Sydney Olympic Park and only a short distance to Parramatta City Raceway and Eastern Creek. Mercure Parramatta is the perfect place to relax with our welcoming M Restaurant and Bar open 7 days. With suites and interconnecting rooms why not bring the kids along they will love the use of our Pool, spa and tennis courts on site. So what are you waiting for? ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mercure Sydney Parramatta Hotel Rosehill
- Mercure Hotel Sydney Parramatta
- Mercure Hotel Rosehill
- Mercure Sydney Parramatta Rosehill