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... in San Francisco with only a 12 1/2hr flight instead of suggested 14hrs. Jayde did not enjoy long flight - William couldn't sleep and me in middle of both trying to enjoy unlimited movies, games and TV shows.
Arrived San Francisco 10.40am (US time), customs was quick (compared to Aus).Had a little misunderstanding finding our transfer but finally hooked up to "Go Lorries" (they were very patient) to take us to ...
... the hotel manager on board our expedition ship, way out in the Timor Sea but she hasn’t been told anything about erupting volcanoes.
By now, we’ve linked up with another eight stranded explorers and a very helpful Qantas agent (sorry if that sounds like an oxymoron!!). Ron, an “explorer” from Israel by way of Indiana travelling with his mother, takes charge. He rightly says that just one amongst us should ...
... we walked wrong way first time, we get overtaken by the more serious walkers and the occasional joggers, usually a lot older than us...We decided to have pizza last night instead of going to our usual table for evening meal, (afraid I was going to start coughing) we went afterwards to the casino, where Glenis won, she is now $80 ahead, won't last long though. Although she was $180 up at one ...
... advantage of free internet (see my Facebook album). Got back to hostel showered and dressed. Went to look for dinner but really wasn't hungry as had lunch late. Adam had some chicken noodles. Went to go to bed however hostel lads were up so played game of monopoly. Somehow I managed to stay in strong second for ages just with light blues with hotels on each whilst everyone else got wiped out. Got so tired though, went on until ...
... is that not a single conversation had felt trite or like wasted breath. To get meta briefly, the experience was soul-feeding and in another sense purifying. You simply got to be who you were with no exceptions and people embraced you for it. BOOM.
During the days, I explored the cracks and crevices of the city, seeing a number of touristy sites as well as eating at locals' favorites, making friends with random barkeeps, wandering down seemingly deserted ally ways ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Langham, Sydney
It was a wonderful hote, that had great service. It is very close from the airport I took to Sydney.
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Langham, Sydney
One of the greats...
I stayed at The Observatory twice last year and both times were wonderful experiences. How many hotels do you stay in where the key staff address you by your name when they see you in passing? This hotel is small, elegant and much like staying at a private club. The rooms are beautifully furnished with antiques and lovely accesories. The Japanese/French fusion restaurant is outstanding and the staff very friendly (and more than happy to talk to a lonely business traveller). Finally the hotels breakfast is the best, particularly the eggs benedict!
We just returned from a two week vacation to Australia. The last four nights of the trip were spent at the Observatory Hotel in Sydney. Our experience at this hotel was beyond "excellent". In every encounter the staff provided a high standard of service with a personalized touch. Without exception this level of service was provided throughout the hotel (concierge, reception, dining, bar, health club, housekeeping/laundry and the management). In most cases we were addressed by name without having to provide a room number to prompt the recognition. We found the Observatory to be the perfect alternative to the larger downtown hotels. It is a smaller hotel that provides comfort, personality and great proximity to the city sites.
After hearing a lot of good reviews about this hotel, my husband and I booked a room (via a last minute website). This was supposed to be our last big spendup before moving interstate. When we got there we were treated contemptuosly by the check-in staff (presumably because we had left our gucci casual wear at home!). Our bags were taken to our room by a man who didn't smile or offer any conversation, so in return he stood waiting for a tip we didn't give him. The room was very nice, the bathroom was fantastic. I barely got an inch of sleep however as the bed was so soft that I sank into it and couldn't move. Our room actually had two single beds pushed together to make a double bed. Another disappointment was the view from our room - facing outwards on the street to look at the tennis court. I would never ever waste that amount of money to stay there again.
I was somewhat surprised at This hotel - it's reputation is undeserved..........
Classy but unpretentious
We were fortunate (like others it seems) to have our booking upgraded to a junior suite at no extra charge.
Like other reviewers we found the level of service excellent. From room service to dinner and breakfast staff were attentive, friendly and very helpful (without exception).
The hotel is classy but unpretentious and just a short stroll (10-15 minutes) away from Circular Quay (it was nice to be in a relatively quiet area but still be so close to the heart of this beautiful city).
I think we've been well and truly spoilt now and when we return to this great city i think it would be hard to find a more relaxing and charming hotel.
I'm more than happy to recommend it to other visitors
Let the service speak for itself, the concierge greeted me at the door and took my luggage away without me even having to look them in the eye, I was given a complimentary upgrade to a suite without anyone even mentioning this. I was then personally taken up to my room and given a small tour of the facilities and greeted with complimentary strawberries with icing sugar. The room was spectacular, the bathroom unbelievable, the dual shower heads were fantastic, twin sinks and a gorgeous bath. Turn down service also was a nice touch, they even replaced the used towels with fresh towels, laid out my slippers on a small mat next to the bed. The staff were fantastic, dinner was of a good standard at the Galileo. Albeit a touch pricey but nonetheless good food.
Sadly, this hotel lives up to neither its price nor its reputation. We stayed for 2 nights recently on the basis that it was THE premier hotel in Sydney, and, incidentally, charged accordingly. How wrong it is to judge on this basis. I'll try and do my review in order.
Have seen better
This is an expensive hotel in a small quiet street 15 minutes walk from the harbour. Concierges were excellent and helpful, rest of staff not very good. Luxury room had excellent beds, was quiet, and bathroom superb apart from 3 lights whose bulbs were not replaced for three nights we were there. Showers are best I have ever had. Bedspread and upholstery had stains, walls had scratch marks, would be OK in cheaper hotel, but not at these prices. Complimentary breakfast buffet was bit of a shambles - only toast we could get was white bread, dishes running out were not filled. The 5 small strawberries on sugared dish to greet us summed up the hotel - ridiculous pretentiousness but not real attention to detail.
Classy, understated service
This is the place to stay in Sydney. The excellent location is within strolling distance to The Rocks' eateries, shops & bars, the Opera House, the ferry landings. Found the hotel & rooms beautifully appointed and the staff would do anything for you. Got a package that included breakfast buffet in the Galileo Restaurant which is excellent.
An Orient Express Hotel, it's well worth the pricey rates for those who want the best!
The BEST in Sydney
I had the good fortune not only to stay here, but to live a mere half block away for about four years. The "O" is a jewel. It's not the high-rise with the harbour views and such, it is just the best hotel in Sydney, in Australia, and maybe in the South Pacific.