Posted February 11th, 2013, 02:24 PM
Hi Terry in Ohio, With just a very quick look at all the locations on a map - my picks would be either the Kent St one, or the Pitt St one. These are just that little bit more central and an easy walk to Darling Harbour. They are close to trains and buses and are on the monorail line, Queen Victoria Building is very close, Hyde Park is just up the road and it is only a 15 minute walk to The Rocks and the Bridge. The other two are more "at the end of town". Very close to Chinatown so very interesting and lots of great food. Also close to the Entertainment Centre and the markets. Easy walk to Darling Harbour. We stayed at the World Tower maybe about 7 years ago - it had just opened - and lots of backpackers were staying there too which surprised us there are many backpacker hostels in that area and we hadn't expected them to stay in an apartment complex....but at that time there were great opening specials for the apartments....so not sure if World Square remains popular with backpackers.
Hi. I really don't like Meriton properties - the clientele is a real mixed bag of permanent residents, short term rentals and sub lets. I worked in the building next to the Liverpool St one and my company had dealings with the occupants. I certainly would not recommend that one. If you really want to stick with Meriton, the Kent St one is probably the best. Other properties you might like to research are the Breakfree chain. Also, the Quay West can sometimes have attractive rates. If you are willing to use public transport I can also recommend the Mantra at Chatswood. Its about a 15min trip into the city or closer in, the Vibe hotel at North Sydney - the 1 bedroom suites would be great for a short term stay
Stuartm: I have been staying at the Kent St Meriton twice a year for the last 5 or 6 years and have no complaints. It is close to all amenities and the transport options are excellent. Every apartment has a washing machine and dryer. The apartments are right on the edge of Chinatown so there are lots of restaurants and shops to explore. It is also only a 5 minute walk to Darling Harbour. In light traffic a cab to the dock would only take around 15 mins but Sydney traffic is rarely light. The Liverpool St Meriton is only half a block from the Kent St property. I've not stayed there but the only thing I know is that the rental apartments start on a high floor so you MAY get good views. Their website shows some pretty amazing two bedroom apartments on the top floors but I guess you pay for the view. I stayed at the Pitt St Meriton once. It is a couple of blocks closer to the centre of the City but I wouldn't recommend it. cheers Stu
packetau: Around the rocks area is a nice place to stay ..... That is old sydney...... You are also close to circular quay where you can jump on and off a ferry to manly, the zoo, the opera house is there along with botanical gardens and rail station to get else where..... Darling harbour is walkable or you can get there by water.... The hop on hop off bus will get you everywhere else including bondi beach
rugbypopsie: The Grand Mercure apartments in Darling Harbour have 3 bed room apartments....wonderful views of the city lights and quite convenient to get around to the Quay and the Overseas Passenger Terminal. They are not cheap but if you were sharing they are not too bad.. Sue
6andy6: If your looking for a 'serviced apartment' as we call them down here with a bit of luxury and a position that cannot be beat for location, then try the Pullman Grand (part of the Sebel chain who also operate Quay West which I saw mentioned in another posters comments). The Pullman Grand is right on the boardwalk that leads between the railway and ferries at Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera house. Apartments look either onto Circular Quay, the Harbour Bridge and across to the OPT where the Solstice will tie up, or the apartments at the back look onto the Royal Botanical Gardens (obviously the harbour view ones are more expensive). Each apartment whether its one or two bedrooms have a laundry. However, they are not the cheapest serviced apartments out there but its a trip of a lifetime hey!!!!
Appreciate so much this info above from annenic. I am also sharing added info, options and potentials from other Aussies on another board to consider for early 2014 during our time in Sidney. I will BOTH copy this info to my laptop trip file AND am sharing these ideas with those on the roll call for our cruise. Will share any and all added comments, experiences, etc.
In the link I gave you you their website, the Pullman Grand is the white building on the right hand side of the picture and you can see the OPT on the far left (with no ship in).
Keep it coming!! Very helpful.
THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio
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