Sydney Hotels, Sydney Accommodation
Sydney's rampant charge to make sure that there are enough quality beds available in the city for when the Olympics crowd arrive, has ensured that you will have no trouble in finding a place to stay, whenever you choose to visit. Most of the works have now been completed, and with the scaffolding down, the renovations have revealed excellent places to stay, regardless of any constraints on your wallet.
Starting in the City Centre, let's look at The Arrons Hotel. It's conveniently located in Sydney Central, close to several of the city's major tourist attractions, Darling Harbour, the theatres, cinemas, entertainment and convention center, numerous restaurants and public transportation. It's also quite reasonably priced.
The international chains are, as you would expect, well represented. Take the Holiday Inn at Potts Point 203 Victoria Street, Potts Point NSW 2011 (02) 9368 4000, Fax: (02) 9267 4119, e-mail: email@example.com for example.
This is a 280 room hotel located in the Kings Cross area with quality restaurants, cafes, and entertainment close at hand. It is handy for the CBD which can be reached on foot, or in a matter of minutes from the nearby
CityRail station (Bondi Junction Line). There are no great surprises at the hotel, which offers all the services that you would expect from a well-appointed international chain. An overnight package, including breakfast for two, will set you back $AUS 145.00 per couple. The Airport Express will drop and pick up at this hotel.
Staying in the Cross, the Gazebo Hotel, 2 Elizabeth Bay Road, Kings Cross NSW 2011, (02) 9358 1999, Fax: (02) 9356 2951, e-mail: Sydney@gazebotels.com.au is based in a distinctive round tower which has become something of a local icon. It boasts the "Windows Over Sydney" restaurant with views over the harbour, and also the ubiquitous rooftop pool.
If you want views, go for the older tower which has reasonably small rooms. If space is a more valuable a commodity in your book, then opt for the newer wing. Facilities are fairly rudimentary, but the hotel has as greater an atmosphere as you could hope for in a 1960s tower.
Prices start from $AUS 145 for a weekend deal in a superior room.
The Manhattan Park Inn was built in 1927. This three-star tourist hotel offers 140 comfortable rooms, standard and bay views.
The hotel reflects the art deco style and is centrally located in the historic suburb of Elizabeth Bay, close to all major tourist attractions, the CBD and cafe, bar and entertainment precinct at Kings Cross.
All rooms feature individually controlled air conditioning/heating, direct dial telephone, refrigerator, tea and coffee making facilities, guest laundry, tour desk, and 24-hour reception.
If you fancy discovering the delights of Double Bay, then the Savoy Double Bay Hotel, 41-45 Knox Street, Double Bay NSW 2028 (02) 9326 1411, Fax: (02) 9327 8464 is a good option.
Describing itself as "small and affordable" this is in a more laid back and attractive part of town, with a range of cafes dotted around a pleasing bay. There are 39 rooms on offer here, located around ten minutes from the CBD, courtesy of taxi, bus or ferry. Facilities are pretty standard (en-suite, air-conditioning, secure parking available) and prices range from $AUS 185 for a basic double and $AUS 195 for a family room.
The Sheraton On the Park 161 Elizabeth Street, NSW 2000, Tel: (02) 9286 6663, Fax: (02) 9286 6683, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org is another international option, boasting 560 rooms. It has two restaurants and a coffee lounge, and is also home to a health club with indoor, heated pool. This is a good choice for those who want to be in the heart of the city, though remember that a lot of the action takes place in the Cross and other outlying areas. That said, there are cinemas and other entertainments nearby, and Darling Harbour, the Opera House and the Harbour are a comfortable city stroll away.
Staying in the reasonably pricey range, Beach lovers will enjoy the Swiss-Grand Hotel Bondi Beach, Campbell Pde (junction with Beach Rd) Bondi Beach, NSW 2026 Tel: (02) 9365-5666 Fax: (02) 9130-3545, E-mail: email@example.com. This is located right on the beachfront at the world famous Bondi Beach, but if salt water isn't your thing then there is a choice of rooftop and indoor swimming pools, and a Jacuzzi. Tennis courts and a golf course are close at hand (at extra cost), and if you are here for the Olympics, Bondi is home to the beach volleyball event (much to the dismay of a number of locals!). You will pay for the location - prices start from $260 per double.
At the other end of the scale, Cremorne Point Manor, 6 Cremorne Road, Cremorne NSW 2090, Tel: (02) 9953 7899, Fax (02) 9904 1265 will put you and your partner up for $AUS 90 per night. Cremorne Point is a quiet part and reasonably self-contained suburb on the north shore. All rooms feature en-suite facilities, tea-making facilities and colour TVs. Some have harbour vies and the family suite, complete with kitchen, sleeps four for $AUS 105.
If you want to keep the city at arm's length, Cronulla to the south, is a possibility. It is about 45 mins from the city by rail or car and you can see the skyscrapers on the horizon as you look north. It is a pleasant area with a selection of quality restaurants and cafes, and there is less of a crush during the high season. Rydges Cronulla Beach will put you up on one of its eleven storeys for between $AUS 140 and $AUS 235. It has a bar and restaurant, and the room rate includes a buffet breakfast. Captain Cook's landing site at (the rather industrial) Botany Bay is nearby. Scuba diving and fishing are amongst the local activities on offer.
Those who want to rub shoulders with the rich and famous should make tracks for Tropique at Palm Beach, 40 Ocean Road, Palm Beach NSW 2108, Tel: (02) 9974 4482, Fax: (02) 9974 5980. This suburb is located on the north shore and is very select indeed. Some of the country's most well heeled property owners have set up (one of) their homes here, and with good reason. The beach is gorgeous, and the local area has some sophisticated spots to grab a bite to eat. Prices in this complex start from $AUS 170 per night, with a continental breakfast thrown in.
The Gemini Hotel offers superb accommodation at a nice price. With spectacular city and ocean views, this first-class hotel offers fully refurbished guest rooms for a relaxing holiday or business trip. It is ideally situated for visitors to the area and has a welcoming atmosphere with friendly and hospitable service. The hotel has excellent facilities as well as comfortable guest rooms and public areas.
Finally, for something a little different, if you fancy staying with some genuine Aussies, think about At Home Down Under, PO Box 149, Mosman NSW 2088, Tel: (02) 9960 4481, Fax: 9969 3145, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. They will put you in touch with Aussie families who throw their doors open to visitors and treat them to that world renowned hospitality. There is a range of homes on offer in a number of different areas - and you are more likely to see the real city this way. Homes are available for short or long-term stays, and can include swimming pools and private bathrooms. Prices start from $AUS 110 a night.