Holiday Inn Darling Harbour Hotel, Sydney
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Holiday Inn Darling Harbour Hotel
Very good hotel in convenient locationfrom ergon
Our room was at the sixth floor and it was silent. It was spacious, clean and with all the things you would expect staying at the Holiday INN.
The position of the hotel is close to Darling Harbour and China Town. With a ten minute walk you arrive at Sidney Central Station (we went there to get the trains for the Blue Mountains), in a few minutes you can reach on foot George Street and get the buses that reach Circular Quay (Opera House). So I would say that the position is very convenient (I imagine that the hotels close to the Opera House are much more expansive).
The monorail passes adjacent to the hotel but for us it was almost of no use and on the other hand the noise of the monorail was un-noticeable (staying at 6th floor).
Reception could be a little bit crowded early in the morning but the staff was helpful and we did not experience any problem whatsoever. I would definitely recommend the hotel and I would return there.
Lachlan Graney, Asst Manager, spoiled our tripfrom MeAko
Imagine this, you travel half way around the globe (am from Manila) check into your hotel and get set for a full day ahead of sight seeing, picture taking and all that other touristy stuff; but then you check on your digital camera and realize that you forgot to charge your battery. I checked on the sockets and it was NOT compatible with our parallel flat plugs here in the Philippines.
Should be no problem right? Just call the reception and ask for an adaptor. I call and front desk and get a male on the line, I ask for an adaptor and lo and behold “we’re sorry sir but we’re all out of adaptors, they’ve all been borrowed.” I tried to ask them to think of a solution for me, but it seems like the guy did not want to be bothered. I thought he was rather rude and the tone of his voice was rather peeved. Perhaps my accent wasn’t Caucasian enough for him to go the extra mile.
I then put the phone down and called the GENERAL MANAGER, I called not so much to ask for help with an adaptor but also to call the attention of the hotel to the rudeness of their staff. Lo and behold, a Mr. Lachlan Graney picked up the phone and as the conversation went on, he identified himself as the SAME person that I had spoken to seconds before. I had suggested that the hotel buy some more adaptors because I really needed one that evening and did not want to brave the cold night outside to get one. His response was “I’m sorry sir, but we think we have enough adaptors.” I then replied, “well, my not having one, doesn’t that tell you that you might not have enough?”
To cut a long story short, I went out that evening close to midnight and walked a couple of blocks and went through 4-5 convenience shops before I found my adaptor. Me and my wife were not just peeved by the whole situation but it kinda left a bad taste in the mouth to have to deal with hotel staff that aren’t just unhelpful but downright…rude.
What a find...from A TripAdvisor Member
It was certainly good value for the money, and we would not hesitate to stay here again if we are ever privileged to be in this fine city in the future..
Fantastic valuefrom fudge
Nice friendly and helpful staff at all times.
The breakfast buffet provided ample choice for all tastes. A full buffet was 32 dollars per person or continental buffet was 22 dollars per person. Under 12's ate free with every paying adult.
The airport shuttle was cheap at 9 dollars per head. Far cheaper than a taxi which costed us 55 dollars!
Not so good points
We were charged for a call to a mobile phone! BUT that was rectified and removed from our bill. BUT do check your bill carefully. The meals in the restaurant were rather expensive.
Housekeeping was very slow and we often did not have our room remade up till past 4pm which I feel is not good enough! When I mentioned this to a housekeeper he stated he's had over thirty rooms to clean by himself that morning. ???Short staffed.
However on the whole this is a good hotel and i would recommend it to the budget conscious and those that want easy access to darling harbour.
Great hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The location is good without being spectacular, but that again is what you would expect for the price. The real advantage is the availability of china town and its food just next door. From here I was able to walk everywhere I wanted within 20-30 minutes, including the rocks
I would recommend this hotel for any traveller on a moderate budget
Great Place close to everythingfrom meneito
t be better!from CancunTraveler46
Three comfortable weeks at the Holiday Inn Darling Harbourfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Monorail close encounterfrom rentaquote
Darling Harbour is a pleasant if very touristy location and a bus ride or 20-minute walk away from the harbour bridge. When we visited, this was a Furama hotel with mainly Japanese staff and guests.
Excellent Locationfrom paulandal
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Other names for Holiday Inn Darling Harbour Hotel
- sydney holiday inn
- holiday inn sydney
- holiday inn darling harbour
- Address: 68 Harbour Street - Sydney - New South Wales - 2009 - Australia
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