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Sydney Hotel Reviews, New South Wales, Australia

View from the Pool Deck at the Quay West Suites Sydney

Quay West Suites Sydney

Hotel Review of a Two Bedroom Apartment at the Quay West Suites Sydney

The Quay West Suites Sydney is apartment style accommodation ideally located in The Rocks district, providing stunning views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. With a choice of either one or two bedroom apartments, Quay West is definitely an ideal choice for travelling families who want to stay right in the heart of Sydney.

Check-in was smooth and we were allocated a two bedroom apartment on the 9th floor. The apartment was quite spacious and even being on one of the lower floors, the views were pretty amazing. On arrival there was a welcome gift of a bottle of Evian water with a glass of biscuits & lollies as well as a tim tam chocolate biscuit. Quay West is part of the Accor Hotel chain and the welcome gift was one of the benefits of being a Le Club Accor Hotel member. Be sure to join up as a member before staying as this will give you free wifi for your stay as well as a welcome drink voucher (for silver or above members).

The apartments come with a well equipped kitchen which is perfect for those travelling with families and that would prefer to bring some groceries and eat in room. There was on oven, microwave, toaster, kettle, dishwasher, cutlery, glasses, plates, bowls, cooking utensils as well as pots and pans. There are two little fridges, one full of mini bar items and the other was an empty fridge. The empty fridge is only mini bar size so best not to go overboard if bringing your own groceries. There is also a mini bar snack & amenity basket full of items for purchase. Another good feature for families is a washing machine and dryer hidden away in one of the hallway cupboards. We were only there for two nights so didn’t use them but would be useful for those staying longer term.

The main bedroom had a big nice and comfy bed and we found that there was plenty of cupboard space, complete with bathrobes and slippers. This main bedroom also comes with a good size ensuite including a separate bath and shower. It was well equipped with plenty of towels as well as the wonderful smelling Appelles bathroom amenities.

There was a second smaller bedroom as well as another separate bathroom. The separate bathroom came with just shower (no bath) but it did have the Appelles bathroom amenities as well as plenty more towels.

There is another hallway cupboard which has more storage space and also houses the room safe. The safe was one where you need to swipe a credit card instead of the usual ones where you input the 4 number digits. We really didn’t like this type of safe. If you wanted to lock all your valuables up and go up to the pool for a swim, you still had to take your credit card with you as well. Hopefully this is something that Quay West could look into changing in the future. Also in this cupboard are the pool towels that you can take with you if going for a swim.

We would definitely recommend going up to the pool area on the 23rd level, even if it is just to have a look around as the views just get even better up there. As you walk from the elevator to the pool area, the first thing you come across is the viewing window that looks straight at the underwater pool area which is a little different. As you head up to the pool deck, you come across the wonderful view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Head outside and you will find a little outdoor deck area complete with a couple of sun lounges.

Next to the pool is a gym which is pretty well equipped with cardio machines and weights.

Dining and drinks are available at Quay West in the Harrington Restaurant & Bar.  We did drop by the bar for a quick drink and found it very quiet up there. We tried out the Espresso Martinini from the cocktail list and found it just ok. There are plenty of bars and eateries around The Rocks and Circular Quay area though. Harts Pub is just across the road and is a great little historic pub that serves great beer and burgers. We also walked to Darling Harbour, which has a lot of eateries and it only took about 15 minutes to get there.

We found the Quay West Suites in Sydney really suitable for family stays. The wonderful location and the spectacular views make it hard to beat when deciding where to stay in Sydney. We loved that you could just sit in the room and watch all that Sydney Harbour has to offer, especially when those big cruise ships are on the move!

For more information on Quay West Suites Sydney go to www.quaywestsuitessydney.com.au

Hilton Sydney

Hilton Sydney Hotel Review

Hotel Review of the Hilton Sydney

Last weekend we managed to get away from the kids and travelled up to Sydney to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary. Being Hilton Honors Diamond members, we stayed at the Hilton Sydney (the only property in the Hilton chain in Sydney). We had previously stayed here before and really loved the location as well as the friendly staff and fantastic service.

From the airport we caught the Airport Link train to Town Hall station which was hassle free as we only had little travel bags with us. The trip takes about 23 minutes and cost $17 per adult. As there was only two of us, this was a cheaper option than grabbing a Taxi (which can cost between $40-$50). After arriving at Town Hall station it is only 100 metres away to walk, nice and handy!

We had booked a King Hilton Guest room and upon check in were upgraded to an executive level room due to our HH Status. The rooms at the Hilton Sydney are a lot smaller than other Hilton Hotels. The decor though is modern and stylish and they do try to make the most of this smaller space. The bathroom especially while very nice is quite cramped and not easy for two people to be in there at the same time. When we arrived in the room there were some complimentary chocolates with a note from the Manager wishing us a very Happy Anniversary which was a nice gesture. Our 2 bottles of complimentary water that HH members are entitled to however were not. We made a quick call to their MAGIC service and they were delivered in about 5 minutes (note: we only received the water on first night not the second like some other Hilton Hotels will do).

Be advised that the mini bar is an automatic system where if something is moved, it is charged. We are not particularly fond of these automated systems especially when traveling with kids, as it is sometimes pretty easy for little fingers to move items around. You can avoid this however by using the MAGIC service to bring up a mini fridge to store bottles of water and juice etc. which is what we did last time we stayed here with the kids.

We took advantage of the Executive Lounge on level 36 which has canapés and drinks in the evening from 6.00pm-8.30pm (mon-fri) and 6.00pm-8.00pm (sat-sun). There is a nice variety of foods with two hot dishes a night along with cold cuts, breads, cheese board and crackers, seafood options and salad. They also have a selection of little desserts which were very nice. They put out tubs of beers to help yourself but you have to go up to staff to get wines and spirits. Coffee, tea and soft drinks are available all throughout the day. There is afternoon tea available from 3.00pm-600pm daily which has freshly made cakes and cookies. Continental Breakfast is served from 6.30-10.00am (mon-fri) and 6.30-11.00am (sat-sun).

Being Diamond members we were given the option to have the buffet breakfast at Glass Brasserie which we opted for instead of the lounge. This is a really nice restaurant, loved the high ceilings and it has a great ambience. There were plenty of staff on hand and they provided efficient service. The food was excellent with a selection of asian and western foods with a nice fruit and juice bar. Pastries were also aplenty so we left here feeling very full and satisfied. Glass Brasserie is operated by Luke Mangan and apparently lunch and dinner here is excellent as well. We didn’t get a chance to dine at Glass other than for breakfast on this stay but will definitely try it out on our next stay.

In the lobby there is Cafe Cino which is also open for breakfast if you don’t want to shell out the $38 per person for the buffet breakfast. Prices here seemed very reasonable and you can dine in or take away fresh snacks from 7.00am to 7.00pm. You can even relax with a beer or wine in the evening at this cafe. There are another two bars, Marble Bar and Zeta Bar which are open from 4.00pm for drinks or cocktails.

There is a Gymnasium and 25 metre pool with Jacuzzi and Steam Rooms which is part of the Living Well Health Club. There is also the Alysium day spa but didn’t try it so can’t make comment on it.

Situated at 488 George St, the location is great and very centrally located. It is just a short stroll to Darling Harbour (between 5-10 mins depending on your pace) if you want to catch a ferry. Hilton Sydney is also close to Town Hall station if you need to catch a train as well as a bus stop right outside. If you love shopping, its right across the road from the QV Shops and just a short distance from Pitt St Mall. It is also walking distance to Circular Quay and The Rocks area. Walk straight down George St and you will be there in 20-30 mins depending on your pace. Recommend the walk on a Saturday or Sunday as The Rocks Markets are on from 10.00am-5.00pm on those days.

Overall the Hilton Sydney is very nice hotel, but our advice would be to book early to get cheaper rates as prices seem to become very high at times (especially for weekends). To see rates go to www.hilton.com