Thursday, July 31, 2008

Hotel Review - Sydney Holiday Inn Darling Harbour

Holiday Inn - Darling Harbour

SYDNEY, 2000

Hotel Review and Trip Report - Holiday Inn Sydney in Darling Harbour

I selected this hotel mainly due to price and location for business. This hotel is a step above the typical US Holiday Inn. Its very clean, professional and seems to be more business-oriented than a usual Holiday Inn. It also has a very nice restruant and bar in the building.

My room was located on the Third Floor which is the lowest of the Guest Floor. I would recommend getting a higher floor -- as my view was blocked by the Convention Center across the street. One cool feature was watching the top of the Monorail go by every once and awhile , as the Monorail track runs next to the hotel.

Room 326 was near the end of the hall away from the Elevators. It was fairly quiet -- but this floor houses the Gym, Laundry and the main housekeeping area -- so there is often something going on --- luckily these features are all located near the Elevator, away from the rooms.

The room is oversized and has plenty of room. The Beds are almost queen sized and seem large compared to usual SYD beds found in other hotels. One major downside - the windows do NOT open so you can't get fresh air. Since there is a Monorail, major street and convention center outside the window, it is double pained -- making the room very quiet. Internet access was fairly pricey at $27.50 for one day.

There is a fairly large mini-bar area with sink and plenty of room in the fridge. The closet faces the bar area and has a electronic safe.

Unlike most Sydney hotels -- the Television had extra channels including the W channel and Arena (which is basically Bravo in the US). The room was small but efficient -- there was some minor damage to the wall, but nothing too bad.

Overall a very solid business hotel. On the downside - Location (near Darling Harbour/Chinatown), high-speed costs, non-opening windows, and lax maintenance. One the plus side - Oversized room, Priority Club points, and good in-hotel dining/drink options.

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