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Just as on TV, Sydney is a majestic vibrant city. The busy harbour invokes a childlike feeling of awe and amusement. The Opera House is stunning! Numerous weddings were taking place around the opera house when we visited.
Blue Hotel has a lovely marina with several restaurants and is only a short walk to the Opera House via the botanical …
meine vorerst letzten Bilder von Sydney. Mein Aufenthalt im Hostel laeuft morgen aus und ich werde mein Zimmer dort nicht verlaengern. Sydney ist ein hammer Stadt, aber ich fuehle mich gerade danach weiterzureisen. Es geht in Richtung Brisbane und dort werde ich versuchen meinen ersten Job unter Dach und Fach zu bringen (ich will …
So, after enjoying a little warmth in the centre we headed back to the coast. The flight was nice but yet again no window, a bit **** when everyone around you is oh and ah ing as we fly over the opera house and bridge.
First impressions of Sydney are wet. we jump into an airport shuttle to take us to our hostel near kings cross and its a long …
Well, this is the last day I can say, G'day Mate! Today is our last day in Sydney. Last night after we arrived, we walked through the Botanical Gardens and saw hundreds of the huge bats taking off for the night - they are really big and furry. We also saw cockatoos in the trees and lots of other birds. Today we went to the Sydney Aquarium to see …
Finally, we are back to civilization!!! It was fun being in the Outback, but after Uluru I am ready to be in a city again. We flew to Sydney today and are having dinner with a South African friend of my mom, Rosemary, tonight before we fly to Lord Howe Island tomorrow. Last night we had dinner out in the desert. We listened to someone playing the …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBLUE Sydney
Located in close proximity to the Opera House, the hotel has a lovely setting. The main lounge area does feel a bit empty due to the vast space. The service is excellent. Finding the indoor pool can be challenging.
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Historical Traveler Reviews BLUE Sydney
Hip but not 5 star
Stayed at the W in November. Despite being guaranteed a 12 noon checkin through Starwood Preferred Guest, and dead tired after a 16 hour flight, were informed that our room was not yet available. When we did check in the room was large, nice bathroom and comfy beds, typical W. The hotel is in a converted Wharf Warehouse and is very hip and cool but it does not afford any real views of Sydney from the public spaces of the hotel. The end of the wharf is composed of high end condos so there are no really great views. There is a decent indoor pool and gym complex and one of the best features is the array of wharfside restaurants next to the hotel. Overall staff very friendly and the scene is full of hip locals. If this was my first trip to Sydney or I was there is summer, I would stay at the Park Hyatt for the outdoor pool spectacular views, and proximity to the Rocks. However if you are looking fo a hip happening atmosphere this is the place. Plus you can walk to Harry's Cafe De Wheels which can't be beat.
Easily the best hotel I've stayed in
We stayed in the W for our wedding night, and found the hotel to be as luxurious, funky and special as we had hoped it to be. All aspects of the hotel are classy and pleasingly a bit different to most modern hotels. The loft room was enormous, well laid out and very nicely decorated. We were initially confused by the lack of a breakfast buffet, but then delighted by the a la carte breakfast - all at no extra cost. Finally, I found the staff very nice, curteous and helpful too!
I'll definitely stay here whenever in Sydney - no question about it.
W for Wonderful
I was told about this hotel from a friend who had stayed there for business, I was told not to expect anything like I had seen before. The hotel was just that: The design is very modern but very comfortable. They have really great service and very cool staff, not at all snooty like you get at other five star hotels. The hotel is very stylish but you feel very comfortable there. The restaurants on the water offered great options for dinner too. My company has now set up rates there so I will be returning for all my future stays in Sydney for sure.
Not up to scratch
Being an Australian who has been abroad for a long time, I was really looking forward to the W and my trip back to Sydney. But, the W was very dissapointing.
The staff were way too laid back - they may be Aussies, but the level of service was not up to scratch eg: I had a wedding to go to at 3pm, I arrived back to my room at 1pm and the room had still not been cleaned. As I was hungry, I went down to to have some room service and to explain the situation - they ordered my room service to be had in the reception area - this area was also dirty...a cockcroach ran across my feet, there were half eaten apple pieces on the floor and a brown substance smeared across the white table. When I went back to the reception to explain the situation the staff were very arrogant. While I ate my lunch no one came to clean the dirty reception area.
Do come here for a drink though - the use of the wharf is amazing and a wonderful place for a cocktail.
A Unique Experience
Staying at the W Sydney is not just a hotel stay, but an experience. Once a Wool factory, the building on the wharf is now hip, modern boutique style hotel with a very attentive staff. Splurge and stay in the Marina loft which is large and luxurious.
Kingley's Steak and Crab restaurant is fantastic as is Laurent Patisserie. Manta Ray is good, but overpriced. The spa facial at Spa Chakra is well worth the AU$ 195 for 2 hours.
Keeewl as Sydney
If you want to "feel" what Sydney's about, stay at the W.
The hotel is a converted wharf with the rooms overlooking the quays.
The service is incredibly good. Albeit, I would recommend this hotel to 20-45ers, or open-minded "cool" adults. THere's a really cool bar in the lobby frequented by Sydney's "artiste" crowd.
I have just spent 5 nights at the W Sydney. This has to be the friendliest hotel I have ever been in. The room was superb, the staff warm and helpful. Nothing was too much bother for them.
Staying on the wharf has to be experienced, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone. The hotel comes alive at night, but the noise didn't reach my room on level 5. The security is great, only residents can access the various floors via the lift.
If I can even get to Sydney again, this is the only place I'll stay
Peaceful one minute, pumping music the next....
A very stylish and expensive hotel in a previously run-down area of Sydney. Impressively constructed within an old factory next to a
fashionable and hip wharf. Rooms are all on the outer sides of the huge building, the centre of which is an open plan meeting area during the day but turns into a bar / nightclub with pumping music after dark. This is initially quite disconcerting as when you arrive back after eating, it can feel as if you are walking through a drinking club to get to your room. For example there may be lots of buzzing revellers around the lobby and bar, in the lifts etc. This is more so at the weekend when the pace hots up. We stayed in a gallery suite with living room which was quite nice if compact and had a shower that leaked all over the tiolet floor that they couldn't fix during our three night stay. The stay was soiled by a crowd of partygoers who checked into the room next door at 1600 on a Friday - had a 2 hour argument, got very drunk, invited their mates round, went out to the hotel club bar, got more drunk and came back with their mates to their gallery room for some more partying. Despite our complaining, the hotel manager could do little about it and we left with the feeling that this hotel is great, but not at weekends when it turns into a giant nightclub with bouncers galore. You get the feeling this place regularly gets a little rowdy and is unpeaceful at weekends so if that ain't your thing - stay somewhere else. Perhaps trying to be too hip at the expense of it's hotel guests.
Good, but not for everyone.
The W is a very stylish hotel, almost painfully so.
Checking in was a breeze, on the whole the staff are really helpful but the place does double up as a regular meeting point for some of Sydney's glitterati so the understated approach can sometimes feel distant to the point of rude.
We stayed in a loft room which was huge and over two floors, the furnishings were excellent, but weirdly it only had a VCR - you'd expect a DVD in a place that's trying so hard to be cool. After all the mineral water was from Fiji - no Evian here.
The bar's good with a broad range of cocktails and you can eat at a number of the restaurants on the wharf and get it charged to your room which is handy.
But one of the really great things is that it's right next to Harry's Cafe de Wheels - one of the best pie shops is Sydney and completely unmissable.
It is a good hotel but it's more for celebs than families.
W Hotel Sydney
Quite a wonderful hotel, nothing is too much trouble for the amazing staff who were endlessly helpful. Gorgeous room, great bed and bedlinen (you'll know what I mean if you stay there). Great bar. I intend to stay there alot more in the future