Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments
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Historical Traveler Reviews Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments Sydney
The Goldsbrough is a bit of an anomaly. It is a well-restored historical building within easy walking distance of Darling Harbour, George Street and the Fish market but you do have to endure some pretty unattractive roads/ walkways to get there. The 2 bed apartment we stayed in was tastefully decorated in a manner in keeping with the style of the building with all the amenities that you could want. The bedrooms were located on the level below the living/ dining areas down some rather narrow but charming stairs which definitely gave a sense of being home from home and a good level of privacy. But the size of the building, means that there are a very large number of apartments on each floor (separated by an ugly, exposed and industrial corridor) which the rooms at the back of the apt. look out into. These rooms have no natural light and absorb all the noise and activity going on in the building. While the staff at the desk were very courteous and helpful our stay was marred by poor building management. The apt. was dirty when we checked in - the shower in the second bathroom was dirty and the floors and carpets didn't look as if they had been cleaned for months. The building seems to be occupied by a lot of young students and professionals, a small but significant number of whom would shout in the echo-ey corridors and be otherwise noisy late into the night giving the place a dormitory type ambiance. It's too bad the The Goldsbrough has these problems as the apartment itself is very charming and unique (if you don't use the back bedroom!) with a great location. I would probably choose not stay here again.
Nice place to stay
It was a very good place to stay with our children and at night we were near all night attractions.
The staff were very pleased.
Very cleverly converted victorian wool warehouse Well designed and appointed appartments within 5 minutes of the monorail or 10 minutes from Darling Harbour. Shop within the complex very basic and opens late on Sundays, but only five minutes to better shops. Bottle store 10 minutes away in opposite direction! Highly recommended.
Home from Home
We stayed at the Goldsborough for two weeks in November 2001 - it truly is a home from home. Spacious, comfortable and clean with exceptionally helpful, friendly and polite staff. We particularly enjoyed the wonderful Darling Harbour views from our room ( excellent en-suite and laundry facilities) the tranquil atmosphere and convenient location close to the shopping complex. If you are meeting up with your backpacker son or daughter this is the perfect setting to enjoy Sydney (the small private lounge off the main foyer is perfect for joyful reunions!!) If we are lucky enough to visit Sydney again we would love to stay!
Best 10 days ever
I stayed at the Goldsborough for 10 days at the end of June/early July. I had the best vacation in my life, in no small part to the Goldborough's comfortable penthouse floor apartment, great view of Darling Harbor from the living area, wonderful amenities and a most stellar staff. The location cannot be beat, as it is across from the convention center, and just a walk bridge away from the monorail. Hailing a taxi is easy, and the proximity to the Omnimax theater, museums, aquarium, and the Harbourside shopping center with its great shops and restaurants is a wonderful bonus. Whenever I go back to Sydney, I will stay at the Goldsborough.
Very good apartments
June 2004: My wife and I were very impressed with our apartment. Clean and tidy with all mod-cons. We requested and were given a harbour-view room, and the view out of our 8th floor window was stunning. We found the front desk staff to be very friendly and courteous. The location is excellent with darling harbour, monorail and tram stops a short covered walk away. My only quibble would be lack of information provided on arrival about facilities in the building. We were not told that there was both a shop and internet cafe on site (both well hidden), and only found them by accident on our 3rd day. Overall a very good property at a reasonable price.
Goldsbrough Apartments - Never again
When we arrived our room stank to high heaven and the bathrooms were covered in previous occuopants hair. Althougth we reported it we and a cleaner attended, the following day we had to get the bin and bread board replaced and clean the bathroom floors ourselves. The smell lingered the whole stay though. In addition the soft furnishing was full of holes, the tv buttons did not work and the spa pool was out of order. The Lobby area near the lifts on our floor also smelt bad as they store the rubbish there everyday before collection. The management policy on our complaint has been we do not give refunds but you can come again free, (Darling harbour is a really great place) but even for free we will never stay at the this property again.
Excellent location and nice facilities
We went there last November and I may say that their rooms are clean and spacious....the hotel attendants are so friendly and helpful. The swimming pool and gym facilities is kept in a secured area which is a good point. I really enjoyed my stay there.
What a disappointment!
It looked reasonable enough on the website, but what a disappointment! The whole building seemed tired and was badly maintained. Our studio apartment had carpet stains, burns on the benchtop, and a very uncomfortable fold-away bed. We were spared the view of the carpark outside by the window blind, which was broken and couldn't be pulled up. Reception showed little interest when we reported the broken blind, and one day we returned to find that the cleaner had left our front door unlocked during our absence. I certainly wouldn't stay there again.
Not really a apart hotel !
We booked into the Goldsbrough for Xmas/New Year 2003-2004 after seeing their website and looking at the pictures of the rooms. However, on arrival we were severely disapointed and checked out within half an hour. The main drawbacks are: most rooms at back have view of multi-storey car park - approx 30ft from window; carpets dirty in our apartment; very very dark bedroom; communal areas dirty and noisy; really an apartment block in which a minority of the apartments are rented out as hotel apartments and the rest are owner occupied; cut-off from Darling Harbour at ground level by the Sydney road system! All in all I'd suggest trying elsewhere.
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This morning after check-out we took the free shuttle uptown to visit Queen Victoria Building. 'QVB' is one of the first shopping malls of Australia, built in a characteristic late Victorian style, and opened to the public in 1898. Wedged between 2 very busy streets and close to 200 m in length, it houses very many upmarket shops on 4 levels, with …
Overcast sky, 23°. We can live with that!
We have taken full advantage of the amenities of this flat, all laundry done, ironed and packed so ready for the next exploring: the maritime museum next door.
There we find a lot of history about the first people sailing to Australia to find a better future and for Australia to enlarge …
... it, lovely narrow cobblestone streets with old houses and a square in the middle of town with many eating places. After exploring and going through a lovely old church right at the top of the mountain, it was time for lunch. Found a lovely outdoor restaurant where we had another beautiful pasta meal with wine. This sure is the life! The Italians have their main meal at lunchtime and it is huge!!! Always lots of lovely fresh bread ...
... I decided it was time to head back to the hotel, so I began to retrace my steps. I took a slightly different route back, but there wasn't much to see as it passed through a more residential area. And it was here that I experienced a terrible shock. At my hotel, I had a small balcony. Just barely large enough for 1 or 2 people to sit. I'd thought it might be nice to sit out back and have a beer in the evening, so I stopped at a BWS (Beer Wine Spirits) shop to see ...