Medina Grand Harbourside
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After our monster journey with an unplanned stopover in Dubai and a flight delay, we finally made it to Sydney at about 8am on 8th November! We caught a taxi straight to our hotel and crashed out for a few hours sleep!
We eventually forced ourselves to get up and decided to explore the area where we were staying - Darling Harbour. It was a …
Greetings Gang You may have noticed that my updates are listed as EST (Eastern Standard Time) but of course, they're not. The time I list on the Travelpod website for each update is the local time I wherever I was at the time. However, this update will end up being a compilation of several entries made whilst on the Indian Pacific train and then …
... Oz, working in the recruitment sector, like Garves. I quickly got on well with Hutchy. He's one of your own. A very genuine, kind and amusing character, who doesn't mind a 'dance-off' I was later to find out. After sinking a fair few sherberts, it was decided it was home time. En-route Garves took us to a knock-out kebab joint. These weren't you're average greasy doner. These were gourmet kebabs as far as I was concerned. Served in a wrap, I opted for a chicken based ...
So this may have been the cheapest most disgusting night ever. And yet it was still fun.
Toby stayed in so me and Molly headed to Bondi to meet with our new English friends from the other night. We'd already had a few glasses of wine before we went out and sat on the train having an intense but loving debate about charity, books and lots of other intellectual things! We asked eachother what they would do if they won 1 million pounds. Molly rambled on ...
... living from anything they can. Outside of the resort, on the beach there is a small band of young men known as the "beach boys". They attempt to get to know you as you are walking along the coral beach and then show you their “souvenirs” or sell you a tour. They are charming and persistent to say the least. We have sourced excellent fruit including pineapples and mangoes at a “very cheap price” from ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Medina Grand Harbourside Sydney
Nice appartment, great location
Had a really lovely time here on honeymoon. Staff were really nice and the location was wonderful - could get anywhere really easily. The room was nice too. Didn't experience any problems with noise - or anything else.
Begli appartamenti, ottima posizione
Ci siamo stati veramente bene durante la nostra luna di miele. Il personale č stato davvero gentile e la posizione era meravigliosa - si poteva arrivare ovunque con grande facilitą. Anche la camera era bella. Non abbiamo avuto problemi di rumore o niente del genere.
Have just spent 4 nights at the Medina Grand Harbourside. On arrival staff were friendly and helpful at all times. We had booked a standard 1 brm apartment with a rollaway bed for our 15 year old and were a bit apprehensive about the size of the apartment. On asking if any upgrades were available we were upgraded at no cost to a partial harbour view as the hotel was full. The apartment was spacious and adequate for the rollaway in the lounge so all was good. We were impressed by the cleanliness of the room and the friendliness of the staff. A superb location with an endless choice of restaurants, ferries and jet boats right on the doorstep and a brisk 10 mins walk to Paddys, Pitt St Mall and Sky Tower. Our son swam in the pool every day and a great night was had at the NRL. Will be booking in at this hotel for the NRL next year but will probably pay a bit more for a full Darling Harbour view.
A Great Apartment
We had a wonderful time in Sydney at the Medina Grand Hotel Harbourside at Darling Harbour . The staff of the hotel could not have been more helpful and made us feel very welcome. We stayed in a large one bedroom apartment which was excellent. It was well maintained and comfortable with all the amenties you could want in the kitchen and laundry areas. The balcony had a lovely view over Darling Harbour .We used the restaurant for breakfast which was very good with fresh fruit , toast or pastries and an excellent choice of cooked breakfast from the menu Sydney Harbour was outstanding and everything I had imagined it to be, with the bridge and the Opera House dominating the scene.We travelled on the ferries around the harbour and went to Manly Beach and Bondi Beach. We walked around the Royal Botanical Gardens which also has lovely views of the harbour. We went to the harbour one night to see the lights and it was beautiful as was Darling Harbour. We hired a car and went to the Blue Mountains which are fantastic and not to be missed.
We parked our car in the hotel car park which is very secure - a car park fee was charged.
Our stay in Sydney could not have been better and we were really pleased with our choice of hotel. There is so much to do and see in Sydney.
Enjoyed the Medina
We stayed in a Premium Studio room at the Medina Grand Harbourside. We found it to be modern and decent sized, with a comfortable sofa and bed, and a nice, clean bathroom. We didn't have a harbourside view (in fact it opened onto a construction site), but we weren't bothered by that as we didn't pay the higher amount for a view, and the construction site did not seem to be noisy. Could have had a bigger tv, but then it did have 2 tvs (one in the lounge part, and the bedroom.) We were right next to the lifts, so we were woken a few times by people coming in and out, but I don't think this would have been a problem for other rooms. The pool looked nice - wish we'd brought our bathers.
We arrived at 9am in the morning, and were still allowed access to our room (even though we were only due at 1pm). On checkout, we were allowed to store our bags in a secure room. At all times staff were very friendly (greeted you with a smile as you came in and out), and very helpful.
This was included in our package. The Lime cafe was pretty good - the continental breakfast was ok, but could do with a just a bit more variety (had cereal, toast, fruit, and pastries). Staff were friendly enough here, and the atmosphere was laid back and casual.
Excellent location - adjacent to The Aquarium, literally a few steps away from the Darling Harbour and restaurants/cafes, a 15 min walk from Sydney Harbour, and a 10 min walk to the main shopping mall.
STAY HERE AGAIN?
Yes we enjoyed it.
Great for the space and the $$
We had a 2 bdrm apt and what a surprize. It was 2 seperate bdrms with a common entry way. They were nice and good sized. One has a living area with full kitchen and dished. Which had the 2 double beds. This room also has a huge tub and huge amts of hot water and there is also a washer and dryer and detergent (costs $3 for detergent). Fully stocked fridge/mini bar, tv in every room and a nice view with a small balcony you can go out on. The second room had one king bed and tv. Nice sized bathroom with shower and sink and microwave. They even do your dishes when they clean the room. The resteraunt which I think was called The Lime is quite good and reasonably priced. This hotel is just across the street from the Aquarium which is under construction and there is a Tony Romas not too far and a host of other resteraunts on the Darling Harbour warf. Plus there is a fery pick up/drop off within a 2 minute walk. There is a convenient store located next to the resteraunt which has cheap internet access and a liquor store next to that.
Good for families wanting to be at Darling Harbour
We liked it. It's a good location for a family with young children as the rooms are large and the proximity to Darling Harbour and Sydney Aquarium is the best.
Our room overlooked the construction at the Aquarium, but we were on an upper floor where it wasn't visible unless you looked down on it.
I recommend it.
The grand dump !
I was so excited to get an upgrade to a Premium room.....but alas,Opening the ranch slider to construction workers that were deafening was a joke.
Then in the morning the power went off....another joke.
I do not recommend this so called 'Grand' apartments to anyone.
Medina Grand: The Grand Rip-off
The Medina Grand Hotel, located near Harbourside in Sydney, Australia, submitted me and my friends to the WORST AND MOST INSULTING EXCUSE FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE I've ever come across.We had hired an apartment for one night in order to celebrate a friend's 18th birthday. Right from the start, we were treated like subordinates. We were patronised relentlessly by hotel staff and receptionists, and we were shamelessly discriminated against and taken advantage of on three grounds: the fact that we were young and working-class were the obvious two. It is also possible that were targeted for racial reasons.As a final insult, we were FALSELY ACCUSED of leaving wax stains on parts of the furniture of the room in which we had stayed. I maintain that nobody lit any candles in our room aside from those which were on the birthday cake, which were lit early on in the night and immediately extinguished and thrown out. The only wax involved in this incident was the wax between the ears of the hotel's property manager, a Mr. Cieron Maxwell, who repeatedly defended his absurd charge of "damage" against us without showing us any proof that we had actually caused the alleged "damage". Mr. Maxwell charged us an additional $95 to cover the "costs of cleaning the room". This was a ridiculous amount of money to extort from paying guests in order to remove a wax stain. The staff knew that we knew this, so they claimed - again, under false pretences - that it was absolutely necessary to "detail" the entire room. This, too, was laughable. The room required a vacuum and a wiping-down of surfaces; that was ALL. Not only had we tidied up sufficiently, we had also washed the cutlery and glasses, something I am sure few guests bother to do. Aside from a little salt which had been spilt on the floor (and would only take a vacuum to remove), there was virtually no major cleaning operation necessary, but to hear these Medina folk tell it, you would have thought we'd let the U.S. Marines into thg the matter diplomatically, Cieron Maxwell was obnoxious, deceitful and downright rude. Despite our repeated assertion that we hadn't done anything wrong, Maxwell refused to even hear out our case, instead resorting to cowardly bully tactics. He threatened, several times, to call the police and have us removed from "his hotel", but we stood our ground - after all, WE were not the ones committing a crime here! Eventually, we realised that there was not much point hanging around, as members of our party were becoming increasingly impatient with Maxwell's stubborn attitude and arrogant impertinence towards us. The incident may have escalated into a physical confrontation, and that was the last thing I, for one, wanted.What I do want is for other travellers to be aware of our experience with the Medina Grand Larceny Corporation. That is why I have written this review and am busy passing copies of it to other web sites.On departing the lobby, we inquired of Mr. Maxwell if all guests at the Medina were treated in this fashion. His thoroughly establishment reply reeked of hollow hypocrisy: something along the lines of "I have ten years' experience in running hotels..." Ten years of screwing people around might have taught him a few things about looting and exploiting the young, the not-so-rich and "ethnics", but it has obviously made his bourgeois rhetoric none the more convincing.Celebrity guitarist Tommy Emmanuel arrived at the Medina as we were leaving. We told him our story, and jokingly suggested that he write a song about it. Tommy quipped in reply: "Yeah - the 'Grand Rip-off'!" It was somehow comforting to know that we had reached someone famous. There's obviously a lesson to be learnt in all of this, a lesson I choose to summarise as follows: if you are young, or if you work for a living, and are seeking accommodation in a hotel, STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM THE MEDINA GRAND. It is nothing but a snobbish borstel with a view.A borstel I intend to bring down.
Good central location, near darling Harbour. Easy access to CBD, about 10 minute walk to The Rocks and Circular Quay. Pool is a bit shallow and short, but a good place to sit if you are sick of your room. Gym is very basic - only one treadmill and bike. Apartments are relatively modern and have everything you need to cook etc. Close to supermarket and restaurants. Overall its good value.