Holiday Inn Potts Point - Sydney
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Slept in before getting brekkie and heading to the dolphin cruise. We haven't even left the harbour and we saw a dolphin in the wharf. Dolphins are so adorable! I wish I could have one as a pet!
Had subway for lunch while waiting for the sand boarding guys to get back. I do wish I got to do that, but I liked the dolphins and since I've …
So weird to not have to catch a bus this morning, and at brekkie it was only me, not 45 other guys. Caught the Sydney Explorer bus which was the plan for the day, to just hop on and off and see everything! First stop was Mrs MacQuaries chair again, get pics of Opera House and Harbour Bridge in the day time. Sky was a perfect blue! Walked along the …
Got up at 7 for the free breakfast, didn't want to sleep through it! Saw Colin down there, he was checking in the new batch of East Coasters. Lucky guys. I was so tired that I went back to sleep after, and I believe housekeeping did come in and find Ashleigh and I still asleep (she crashed in our room). Before I knew it it was 1pm and I figured I …
I had to leave early in the morning today while Katherine, Jo, and Carolyn were still asleep, because my shuttle to the Brisbane airport was at 6:30am. When I got down to the lobby, Jara was there with the people whose skydives were cancelled the previous day, so that they could try again. Breakfast at the hotel hadn't started yet, but Jara scored …
In the morning, I walked a couple of blocks over to McDonald's to get breakfast. I had a "Bacon and Egg McMuffin," which was pretty similar to the Egg McMuffins we have at home. I had to check out and then check back in, since I would be staying with other people for the next two nights.
My Sydney Explorer Tour (through Contiki) included a …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Potts Point - Sydney
Great Holiday Inn
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.
Value for money hotel
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!
We arrived at the hotel at 9.30am to a raining, windy Sydney in the dread that we were going to have to walk around until 2pm to check in....not what we wanted after an overnight flight. Instead we were pleasantly surprised to find the guy behind the desk found us a room that was ready...he didn't promise he could but he found us one and we were very pleased. We were even more pleased when we got to the room and found it had views over of the harbour (and we were only on the second floor).
The hotel itself is nothing special and the corridors are very drab but it is functional, clean and very near Kings Cross station making it very easy to get around. So long as you are not put off by the seedy Darlinghurst Road....there are lots of other very nice bars, cafes and restaurants in the area. A great value hotel.
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.
It's not really Potts Point
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.
Actually, if you travel a lot on your own steam (not by cab, tour bus, etc), this is a geat choice! The hotel adjoins the CityRail. Buy a travel pass (day or week) and go all over the circuit, then come back to your hotel door in the evening. A couple of stops East is Bondi Junction, now the upscale shopping area. From there catch buses to Coogee or Bondi. You can even take the 350 bus from Bondi Junction to the airport (about 40 min) and it's good on your travel pass. Or, take the Rail toward town and get off at Martin Place or Town Hall and begin your touring of the CBD.
Lots of restaurants up and down Victoria Street and, of course, busy Darlinghurst. Have drinks on the hotel patio. Find Harry's Cafe de Wheels.
Good service and thoughtfulness it can still be found
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.
The hotel staff, from reception to cleaners were very friendly, polite and genuinly went out of their way to ensure we had a good stay.
The room, although not large, was adequate for a weekend stay and the view of the Harbour & Opera House was a bonus.
The rate was very reasonable, for Sydney and included breakfast and carparking - an added plus was complimentary drink vouchers on arrival - a nice way to relax after a long drive.
I travel a lot throughout NSW for work and have stayed in Hotels, some four & five star rated, that I would never return too. The Holiday Inn Potts Point wasn't one of them - I recommend it to you.
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.