The Sebel Residence Chatswood
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... blue skies, sunshine and warmth at 26 degrees so of course we changed into our shorts and flip flops before heading out (being true British people loving the sun!) We headed straight down to Circular Quay which is where the Opera house and Sydney harbour bridge stand. It definitely took our breath away as we walked down into the harbour it is a beautiful harbour and we couldn't actually believe we were in Sydney looking across at the Opera house and ...
... Addison was going to cry with sheer joy when we got her photo taken with a koala. Sag insisted on flossing a crocodile's teeth :) but thankfully it was not the real croc, otherwise I surely would have been collecting on his life insurance because rumour has it that the croc at the reptile park has eaten three people before going into captivity. To round off the experience we saw some giant alligators, some wallaby, some crazy parrots, and had a great chat with Mike after ...
... to have my first wander of the city. Now Sydney is a big city. Screw that. Sydney is ******* massive, pardon my French. I wandered for what felt like a long time, drinking in this new place that would be my home for the next week. The size of the skyscrapers was daunting and the traffic rumbled and tumbled at a worrying pace. London’s got nothing on Sydney. London feels like a walk down Crediton High Street now I’ve meandered through the dizzying streets of ...
... rather than trekking half way around Sydney for it... however did see some lovely areas on the walk. Down the rocks area, the houses do seem very old village British. Eventually made it to Darling Harbor in the major sunshine and heat. Had some refreshments in a little pub at King Street Brew house, then went into Sydney's Wildlife Zoo which was better than expecting however only filled with the Ozzy native animals that the tourists would love to see. Saw some lovely ...
... people at home, including the celebrities, as there weren't many beach-goers that day. I've seen in the local news that there have been recent sightings of Hugh Jackman and the cast from Modern Family. Ah well, I'll see them on the television :-)
We dipped our toes the ocean at Bronte Beach (see picture of my toes!) and watched the surfers and lifeguards. We made our way up the street to a ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Sebel Residence Chatswood
We booked directly with the hotel after reading great reviews on tripadvisor and checking out their website. We rented a car and it was a little diffuicult to find the hotel, but that may have been because it was dark, raining and we were driving on the wrong side of the road! :)
The hotel staff was very nice, although one girl gave us the wrong train station exit when we asked for directions. By the way, it's a 2 minute walk from the hotel to the train station. Literally around the corner.
The rooms were lovely, we stayed in the 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment. The living area was large and had a dining table, the kitchen was well-equipped and the fridge was a good size. The bedrooms were nice, I liked that they were far away from each other. Only one had a TV, but they were both well-sezed with closet space and plenty of room to walk around. We had 5 people, so our 5th person slept on the pull-out bed in the living room, she said it was very comfortable.
Internet access was offered in the room (for a fee) but it was kind of annoying because it was through a cable that plugged in behind the TV. So we had to pull a chair up next to the table the TV was on and sit there. As we were using Skype to talk to friends at home, there was no privacy.
We had a corner room, so we had double windows in our dining area, one of which was a sliding door through which I took the picture I uploaded here.
The hotel provides you with a small amount of laundry soap, dishwashing soap (there's a dishwasher), and plates, bowls, utensils, etc. They also replenish the toiletries everyday and they were nice quality.
The bathrooms were nicely sized. The bedroom with the TV had an attached bathroom and the the other bathroom was in the hall next to the other bedroom.
The hotel has a pool that we uysed each day we were there. It was heated and clean. However, the hot tub was NOT clean.
It's right across the street from a mall, a Target, a theatre, and lots of restaurants. There's actually a little shopping area right outside the door with banks and a promenade area where there was a music festival while we were there. This area seemed to be heavily trafficked by Asian people (not a problem, just an observation), but most of Sydney is like that.
The hotel provides menus for takeout in the room from a variety of restaurants - Indian, Italian, Thai, burgers, etc.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.