Holiday Inn Potts Point - Sydney
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We stayed in Potts Point Holiday Inn for two weeks in January this year. We had the most fantastic view of the Sydney Opera House, Bridge and City from our window. This was even better at night with all the lights switched on. The staff were excellent, very friendly and extremely helpful. The hotel was very clean and tidy. The best part for us was the restaurant. The breakfast was what you would expect, but in the evenings they certainly excelled. We have never tasted such good food from a hotel chain. They could match any top restaurant in Sydney for quality and taste. Victoria Street is great. An avenue full of old victorian houses with loads of street cafes and various hair salons. This is the place to have breakfast and a haircut! There are various backpacker hostels in the area, this just adds to the feel of the place. The hotel is next door to Kings Cross underground - just right for getting into the city and all the shops. Darlinghurst Road is OK. Much nicer than the Kings Cross area of London - albeit there are various sex shops. Take in all in your stride and enjoy the area. It is a fabulous hotel and I don't believe the hotels in Sydney Harbour have such a good view as this one. We will certainly be visiting this hotel again.
We stayed at the Holiday Inn as part of a package we booked with Virgin from Hong Kong. The deal was cheaper than the airfare booked direct!
A sydney favorite
A frequent visitor to Sydney this my preferred hotel. Great location,close to good coffee and restaruants. Love to have a run inthe morning around the bay to the Opera house and back ( no traffic ) Great friendly service and nice clean rooms. I always request non smoking and on an upper level so I get good harbour views. Often they can oblige. I have never eaten there but why would you with all the great local restaurants. Have taken my young family on occassions and no problem with the area. If you want sanitised middle class sameness perhaps Darling Harbour is for you.
We were very impresed initally with the location of the hotel and it's close proximity to the Kings Cross Rail Station which made getting around the city a breeze. Our room wasn't ready when we arrived which we knew prior to arriving but the reception staff couldn't have been more helpful storing our bags and giving us a map of Sydney and directions to local cafe's and shops. When we got back to the Hotel our bags had been put in or room and there was a welcome note and chocolates from the managment. Our room was great very spacious with a modern decor and the view superb!!!!, Opera House, Bridge, Tower and Harbour all laid out before us. The bathroom was a good size with shower over the bath and the best shower (water pressure) we have ever had in a hotel. Every hotel employee we encountered were very pleasant and helpful. Value for money this hotel was exceptional. We would go back tomorrow without a second thought. Many cafe's, bars and restaurants are nearby and offer great selection and prices are very reasonable. Put a ring around this one it is well worth considering.
The reason this hotel often has pretty attractive rates is the location. It's at the top of the cross, a lively partygoers district and not in Potts Point, which is one of the upscale, tonier neighborhoods. Nevertheless, it's a standard Holiday Inn and, for whatever that's worth, you might be mildly disappointed with the decor but not angry or upset.
Even though the Hotel is on the edge of one of the most welknown suburbs of Sydney, Kings Cross, we found that this in no way detracted from our stay - this was a little suprising also as we found out after booking that it was the weekend of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi gra.
It's what you'd expect from an urban chain hotel. The rooms are non-descript (except for the bathroom which had a huge marble tub). The staff was very friendly and there's a surprisingly lively hotel bar on the lobby level. The location is right next to the Kings Cross neighborhood (Sydney's red light district), so travelers with families may want to stay elsewhere. Although I understand it's gotten better, it's still plenty seedy. Not particularly dangerous, but there are plenty of very shady characters and hookers in every other doorway.
There are better places...
There are better places to stay in Sydney than this. The location is reasonably central but the area is grim.
There are no balconies, at least not in the room we stayed and the views are not so good.
The rooms however are fine in a Holiday Inn way.
You can definetly do better than this though in Sydney with all that sea and harbour.
Close to subway but a nasty neighborhood
The major advantage and disadvantage of this hotel is the neighborhood. You can get the subway to downtown practically right outside the door. But the surrounding businesses have a hefty share of porn shops, backpacker hostels and bars. The streets outside the hotel are crowded on weekends, but mostly with drunks and hookers. The hotel itself is okay, but I too had trouble at the front desk checking in. I'm sure that there are better places to stay in Sydney.
Holiday Inn Potts Point Sydney: take it or leave it
The hotel is in a good location but the reservations Manager, James Dalziel who helped me refused to honor a rate that he had previously committed to on the phone, saying that his "boss" had told him that the rate couldn't be honored. The staff at the front desk is kind and helpful, but are not empowered to make decisions on their own. The hotel is suffering a need for renovation (ratty carpet, dirty rooms, constantly broken elevator, washer and dryer broken for my entire 3 week stay, hotel gym is never replenished with water, towels, etc). Concierge Rob Brown is particularly good at his job. Hotel is in a seedy location near Kings Cross and is often more diry and untidy the weekends when revelers are present.