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  • Hbommie 172 posts

    Looking to stay in Sydney for 8 nights at the end of an Oz trip in Feb 24 and I’m struggling to find a suitable hotel. We need to stay for 8 nights as we’re visiting family in the area but I was hoping to find a resort style place to relax before the slog back to the UK.

    Not paying the Park Hyatt silly prices, but would like a 5 star place. The Langham looks nice but doesn’t have the outside space. Maybe I’m looking for something that isn’t there?


    JDB 4,130 posts

    The best hotel in Sydney now is probably the Capella – it’s well located in a beautiful pair of government owned buildings and as it’s only very recently opened, not yet busy so will do deals and oddly cheaper anyway than Park Hyatt.

    James 21 posts

    Intercontinental Double Bay is good, has a lovely rooftop infinity pool overlooking the harbour, small beach five minutes walk. Great during the summer months.

    Double Bay is a beautiful area with high end boutiques, cafes & restaurants. Location is not perfect for all the main sightseeing activities but a lot more relaxed and chilled.

    1958 52 posts

    In last December/January, I stayed in 3 Sydney hotels: Shangri-La, Intercontinental and Hilton, all in the CBD. All were very good – and I would be happy to re-visit any of them.
    The agent that Rob recommends was able to get a very good deal at the Shangri-La

    SamG 1,605 posts

    The Four Seasons actually has a pretty nice pool and as it’s not their best hardware it tends to be v reasonable via Emyr though I haven’t been for a few years . Great breakfast!

    Hbommie 172 posts

    Thanks for the suggestions, I’ll have a look and see which catches my eye.

    The thing I’m struggling with are the hotels located in the CBD, I’ve only been to Sydney once in the early 2000’s and was struck by the beautiful harbour area but didn’t think much of the city centre itself, it seemed very congested within the highrises. I need a view of green or blue to keep me sane.

    JenT 147 posts

    The Shangri-la has plenty of views of blue – especially sitting in the Horizon Club lounge. We love this hotel but it’s certainly not a resort-style hotel.

    u07ch 59 posts

    One option I haven’t tried is the Crowne plaza at Coogee Bay; it doesn’t look special in terms of rooms but it has a garden and is on the beach. It 10km from the CBD but there are shops and restaurants all around it. It’s been on my list for a visit for a few trips but haven’t made it so far.

    For ones I have tried; in the CBD being close to the botanic gardens at circular quay may give you the that feelign but in the city centre. The Intercontinental is the classier of my two choices; but its still an Intercontinental; its over the road from the botanic gardens.The rooms are just refurbished; though the main reason to stay is still the windows; which now have seating. There is more tech in the rooms which I appreciated. Lounge was shut lsat time I stayed so can’t speak to how it is now; the view before the refurb was excellent and I don’t expect that to have changed.

    If you want a more Australian style of hotel but still close to the park the Pullman Quay Grand is next to the opera house has rooms with kitchens; very close to ferry, tram and train stations for getting around

    I have stayed at the IC Doubleday; and it’s a nice area, but you will be taking a lot of taxis or cars to get to places. If you do go the Sailing Clubs restaurant on the beach is a fun over the water restaurant near the ferry stop.I hated that the lounge was table service and not a buffet; with the food and drinks hidden away in a back room.

    Hbommie 172 posts

    Some excellent advice, thanks.

    IC Double Bay looks nice, as do they all to be honest, and we considered the Pullman, I’m not sure why I discounted it. Its probably because the trip is 2 months long and I have travel planning fatigue 🙂

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