Friday, May 27, 2011

HOTEL REVIEW – Sheraton on the Park Hotel – Sydney

We have stayed previously at this luxury 4-start hotel in the centre of Sydney city, and like those other times, we were so impressed with our stay.

On this occasion, we stayed for two nights – one of their many online packages and specials – and also paid for a buffet breakfast for both of us for the two mornings we were there.

After flying in, we caught the airport train into St James Station, from where it is about a 5 minute walk to the Hotel. The Hotel is located on Elizabeth Street, right opposite the beautiful Hyde Park, and right in the Centre of Sydney City.

Inside the Hotel, the lobby is very welcoming and opulent. There are plenty of Hotel staff members to assist with carrying bags and with checking guests in. We were checked in after about 5 minutes. A friendly staff member (as they all are) confirmed our reservation and breakfast, and even offered to upgrade us – but for an extra charge!

Up to our room on the 20th floor, facing the city – our view was overlooking Castlereagh Street and further to Sydney Tower, of which we could see all of it, and it looks spectacular!

The room features a huge King-Size bed, as well as a desk and office chair, and a sitting chair. There were a pair of big wardrobes in this room, which were opposite a massive bathroom (biggest I’ve ever seen!) with bath, shower, toilet, and heaps of floor space.

The room also features air conditioning, wide-screen Plasma television, with free cable television channels and pay-per-view movies. There is also a full mini-bar and tea and coffee making facilities. There are also lots of little extras like robes, slippers, writing paper, sewing kits, show polish, to name a few, that just make your stay a little nicer! Incidentally, most of these items are also available for purchase too!

The only downside with this room was its location next to the elevators – we had the constant growl and noise with the workings of these – nothing major though.

Breakfast in the mornings was in the main restaurant on Level One of the Hotel. We had pre-paid for the full Australian breakfast, consisting of hot and cold buffet. The breakfast is thoroughly worth the money – there is a massive selection of tasty hot and cold foods – and this is a great way to start a day of tourist activities in the harbour city!

We love the Sheraton on the Park Hotel – I have no doubt that in our future travels to Sydney, we will again use this Hotel as out base. Its location in the centre of Sydney is perfect for tourists like us to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of this great city.

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