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We left Norwich by train at 2pm on Friday 13th December 2013. After flying from London to Hong Kong & then Hong Kong to Sydney we landed just after 7am on Sunday 15th December. Sydney greeted us with torrential rain but, as we travelled in a taxi from the airport to our hotel, we started to get excited about what the city held in store for us. …
Since we got stuck an extra night in New Zealand, we only had two days to explore Sydney, which was DEFINITELY not enough! Nonetheless, as soon as our plane touched down we made our way through Sydney's crowded customs area and hopped in a cab to our hotel. We dropped off our bags before running off to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. We made …
Tuesday 12 January, 7.39pm, Establishment Hotel
When I was in Sydney last year, I fell in love with it. It seems like time has not dimmed that flame, because it's just as beautiful as it ever was. When I arrived yesterday, I went for a walk around Circular Quay and from the moment I spotted the bridge, I just had a massive smile on my face …
... about thirty more. The one thing that each look has is in common is that they all mean the same thing, Steve you’re an idiot.
My head and my heart sank I had no comeback. I looked back at her and the Steve you’re an idiot look had gone. She had already thought it through. Where will you park it? It’s not practical. They’re too big. You have to pack up everything up just to go the shop. They suck down the juice. We’d ...
... and a fag (for me only).
Will pass on the details which will bore everybody to death but to highlight a few moments:
1/ checking in a place which had been badly converted from an hospice for old people to a hostel... Sad greenish paint on the wall, and handrails still in place, even in the shower (handy for hangovers, though), doors and lifts wide enough to let wheelchairs and bed to go through etc etc. felt reallllllyyyy creepy and was pretty happy ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Establishment Hotel Sydney
We stayed at the Establishment over Easter and really enjoyed our stay. The room is surprising large and very modern. The staff helpful and friendly. The location is central and we enjoyed a few drinks at the bar and also got free entry to Tank for a spin.
The only downside is we could hear noise from next door when we stayed in room 41 (think it was more of a structural issue). The staff were quick to move us to a new room the next day and we didn't get disburbed again.
Overall, I think it's good value for money compared to what you get in other big cities.
I would definitely stay at the Establishment again.
Lives up to the hype
Stayed here 2 nights to kick off our honeymoon. We found the staff to be very friendly and helpful. Danielle at the front desk took the time to help us plan out a whole day's activities and was very kind. A gentleman named Nathan was also a great help.
The rooms are very chic and nice....very technological! We enjoyed using the broadband internet, stereo system, and lighting controls. Location is great....just a 5-7 minute walk to the Circular Quay and The Rocks. The only complaints I had were that 1) the hotel is a little hard to find at first and 2) the hallways get quite stuffy and the A/C unit in our room cooled rather slowly.
I would certainly stay here again, as the hotel is very nice and an excellent value.
The Establishment is a very cool, stylish, urban hotel. The staff are very helpful and dont take themselves too seriously (unlike some of the W hotels i've stayed in).
Too cool, but great room
My husband and I stayed at establishment to round off a trip to Oz as a treat and loved it. Yes, the bars were very (too) full of loud besuited people and all the food and drink was pricey but we were blown away by our room - I forget the exact cost but it was approx the price of malmaison and we got so much more space and style for our money and also the staff were really pleasant and friendly - this did seem to the norm in australia - wonderful. The sushi bar and apparently exclusive hemisphere bar were great.
Great Alternative Hotel
The Establishment in Sydney is a great hotel choice. It is a perfect location: walking distance to great shopping, the Rocks, and the Quay. It is definitely an alternative to a 5 star hotel experience: less service but more residential and cool. A bar by the same name resides on the property and there is nothing like finshing your last drink of the night surrounded by hundreds of people only to take an elevator up to your room for a surprisingly quiet night's sleep. It may be the most unique hotel I have ever stayed in.
One suggestion: Time to upgrade the TV system to plasma!
Is this the best hotel in Sydney?
Forget the W or the newly refurbished Sofitel Wentworth, for me this has to be best hotel to stay at in Sydney. Great rooms, excellent service, big bathrooms and towels and real attention to detail in the room finishes. Very quiet, even for the centre of the city. And while you're there eat at Est, one of Sydney's finest restaurants. Now I wish they threw in breakfast for these prices!
The rooms are beautiful. Big pillows and a big comfortable bed. Plenty of room to move. To soak in the bath, which was in the middle of my bathroom, listening to the great music produced by the Merivale Group, Hemisphere, drinking a glass of champagne was just perfect. I couldnt have been more relaxed. The food is excellent from room service and in Est Restaurant. The staff - very friendly and helpful.
If you want style - you have found it. The Hemmes have outdone themselves.
Simply wanted to echo the other post. This is a truly beautiful hotel - typical of the modern design in Sydney, just better. Great big tub separated from the bedroom with a piece of glass. High tech phone, etc. Fun extras. Excellent bars and restaurants in the hotel. Don't miss sushi e - really excellent food. Have stayed here with my husband who is from Sydney several times. I have also stayed at the Park Hyatt, the Westin, the Sheraton, L'Hotel (definitely skip that place). Have seen the rooms at the Four Seasons, the Observatory, and the Quay Grand. The Westin's heritage rooms are gorgeous - my other favorite. Four Seasons are tiny. Park Hyatt has a nice pool area. Quay Grand is nice for families or extended stay. But Establishment is best for the quintessential Sydney experience.
Amazing Hotel on Weeknights
This is my favourite hotel to stay in - it's just beautiful. The beds are fantastic, the rooms decor is brilliant and the bathrooms have great waterfall style showers and massive tubs with Bvlgari soaps and shampoos, conditioners.
I always look forward to staying here, but there's one problem - on weekends, the nighclub underneath the hotel is noisy enough to hear throughout the night and would be loud enough to keep you awake if you were a light sleeper.
If you're needing a hotel during the midweek however, I couldn't think of anywhere better.