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Old January 17th, 2013, 12:29 AM
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It is always best to book off the hotel website if you can. Rooms can usually be cancelled unless you purchase a prepaid room. Our rooms are
prepaid and I am going to check into travel insurance in case something
would come up.

I have heard theat the Holiday Inn Rocks is a great place to stay.

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Old January 17th, 2013, 12:52 AM
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Menzies is an older hotel with no view to speak of (maybe if you're lucky you might get a view of the park across the road)...but it is clean and comfortable and in a convenient location.

It is probably a 10 minute walk to Darling Harbour one way and a 10 minute walk to Circular Quay the other way. It sits right above Wynyard Station and opposite the bus terminal. We've never had an issue with noise.

We've stayed here a number of times as it is suits us very well when we overnight in the city. (We've also stayed at many other 5star hotels for special occasions etc) but this is our "go to" hotel when we need to be in the city for whatever reason.

I have heard second-hand that the meals there aren't that great....we've never eaten there so I wouldn't know. We rarely dine at the hotels in which we stay as there are lots of cafes, pubs, and great restaurants around so that is usually our preference.
We have stayed at Menzies twice pre-cruise.

I would not recommend eating the restaurant as it is totally overpriced and the service appalling (Dec 2011). In fact the service everywhere was terrible but it was a bed for the night and cheaper at that!

For Breakfast - week days there is a wonderful organic cafe a few doors down and weekends go out the front door turn right, go to the end of the street cross the road and up a little and there is a cafe run by a Japanese couple and their breakfasts are pretty awesome too!

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Old April 2nd, 2013, 05:03 PM
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I am hoping that someone can help me narrow down some hotel choices given to me by my TA. I am spending two nights in Sydney pre-cruise in November.

Here are my options (ranging from $626 up to $730 for two nights):
The Four Seasons (actually the cheapest!)
The Radisson Blu
Sydney Marriott (I believe at Circular Quay)
The Four Points Darling Harbour
The Holiday Inn Old Sydney

It seems as though all hotels are on the pricey side -- especially to be in a good location which is important to me. So which of these would provide the best accommodation for the price and location?

Thank you so much for any advice!
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Old April 2nd, 2013, 06:30 PM
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You might want to check Rendezvous at the Rocks. We got a rate do AUD 240 for a pre cruise night in Jan., 2104. It is supposed to be near the waterfront and the OverSeas Terminal.
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I am hoping that someone can help me narrow down some hotel choices given to me by my TA. I am spending two nights in Sydney pre-cruise in November.

Here are my options (ranging from $626 up to $730 for two nights):
The Four Seasons (actually the cheapest!)
The Radisson Blu
Sydney Marriott (I believe at Circular Quay)
The Four Points Darling Harbour
The Holiday Inn Old Sydney

It seems as though all hotels are on the pricey side -- especially to be in a good location which is important to me. So which of these would provide the best accommodation for the price and location?

Thank you so much for any advice!
My vote goes to the Sydney Marriott at Circular Quay.

The Four Seasons is in a good location as well.

A lot of people say that the Old Holiday Inn is very good, not a flash hotel but in a good location.

Have you considered booking direct instead of using an agent, that way you can keep an eye out for price drops and re book your hotel, that is if you make a booking without paying.
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 12:39 AM
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Default Might want to consider The Darling Hotel

Based on location and various reviews, next February we're staying post cruise @ The Darling Hotel. Location seems to be quite desirable.

Out of 193 reviews from travelers who posted on TripAdvisor, 90% rated the hotel excellent or very good. The Darling also reveived a very positive
memtion by Conde Nast Traveller. Hopfully, we'll agree as well.

The hotel web site is: http://www.thedarling.com.au/

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Based on location and various reviews, next February we're staying post cruise @ The Darling Hotel. Location seems to be quite desirable.

Out of 193 reviews from travelers who posted on TripAdvisor, 90% rated the hotel excellent or very good. The Darling also reveived a very positive
memtion by Conde Nast Traveller. Hopfully, we'll agree as well.

The hotel web site is: http://www.thedarling.com.au/
This hotel is nowhere near the cruise terminal at Circular Quay (Overseas Passenger Terminal - OPT). It is the new name for the hotel complex at Sydney's Casino (The Star) at Pyrmont on the other side of Darling Harbour. Ok location if post cruise or cruising from the new White Bay terminal.
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We were in Sydney for a week following a cruise in November 2011. We stayed at the Sir Stamford at Circular Quay. Loved the room, the huge bath, the staff and the location. We would stay there again with no qualms.
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I am hoping that someone can help me narrow down some hotel choices given to me by my TA. I am spending two nights in Sydney pre-cruise in November.

Here are my options (ranging from $626 up to $730 for two nights):
The Four Seasons (actually the cheapest!)
The Radisson Blu
Sydney Marriott (I believe at Circular Quay)
The Four Points Darling Harbour
The Holiday Inn Old Sydney

It seems as though all hotels are on the pricey side -- especially to be in a good location which is important to me. So which of these would provide the best accommodation for the price and location?

Thank you so much for any advice!
These hotels are all International standard and in good locations with the Holiday Inn Old Sydney being the most popular moderate price hotel for pre-cruise - just minutes from the terminal. You should be able to get prices around $230 with on-line booking sites.
Four Seasons is also very handy to Terminal but is more up market and prices around $315 for deluxe city views.
Sydney HArbour Marriott also handy at the beginning of Pitt St opposite the terminal (pointy end of ship if bow is facing city) with similar pricing to 4 Seasons.
Raddisson Blu is a couple blocks up from the Marriott and should be about $350.
4-Points is handy to downtown, Aquarium, Darling Hbr etc but bit pricey for water view rooms.

I would also consider the Harbour Rocks Hotel - 2 minutes walk from terminal at around $270 per room.
All prices including taxes.
I think your TA might be quoting you the rack rates. You can do a lot better by shopping around.
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These hotels are all International standard and in good locations with the Holiday Inn Old Sydney being the most popular moderate price hotel for pre-cruise - just minutes from the terminal. You should be able to get prices around $230 with on-line booking sites.
Four Seasons is also very handy to Terminal but is more up market and prices around $315 for deluxe city views.
Sydney HArbour Marriott also handy at the beginning of Pitt St opposite the terminal (pointy end of ship if bow is facing city) with similar pricing to 4 Seasons.
Raddisson Blu is a couple blocks up from the Marriott and should be about $350.
4-Points is handy to downtown, Aquarium, Darling Hbr etc but bit pricey for water view rooms.

I would also consider the Harbour Rocks Hotel - 2 minutes walk from terminal at around $270 per room.
All prices including taxes.
I think your TA might be quoting you the rack rates. You can do a lot better by shopping around.
Thank you to everyone for their advice!!

This must be an expensive weekend. I looked at the hotels suggested and they are all in the same ballpark as those quoted by my TA. And I did my own research and comparisons on various websites and they are in line with her quotes. I did find a slightly cheaper rate on the Marriott website for the Marriott Harbor Circular Quay using a AAA discount.

So, I guess I am now leaning towards either the Marriott and the Four Seasons.
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Thank you to everyone for their advice!!

This must be an expensive weekend. I looked at the hotels suggested and they are all in the same ballpark as those quoted by my TA. And I did my own research and comparisons on various websites and they are in line with her quotes. I did find a slightly cheaper rate on the Marriott website for the Marriott Harbor Circular Quay using a AAA discount.

So, I guess I am now leaning towards either the Marriott and the Four Seasons.

Hi, We are sailing on Celebrity Solstice on 4 Novembe 2013 and staying at a very reasonably priced (but small) hotel in city, short walk from Darling Harbour and Chinatown. Was fully refurbished over 12 months ago and is Singapore owned. We paid $129 overnight for a Queen sized room. Probably classed as 3-4*. Short taxi trip to either cruise terminal. Check out their website http://www.cityhotelsydney.com.au/. Very good reviews on TripAdvisor too. When you go on their website hit the Online Booking button and it will show the very special rates. Of course at this price you do not have "views" but is a very central hotel for checking out the city CBD. (5 minutes walk).
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Thank you to everyone for their advice!!

This must be an expensive weekend. I looked at the hotels suggested and they are all in the same ballpark as those quoted by my TA. And I did my own research and comparisons on various websites and they are in line with her quotes. I did find a slightly cheaper rate on the Marriott website for the Marriott Harbor Circular Quay using a AAA discount.

So, I guess I am now leaning towards either the Marriott and the Four Seasons.
PaulaW, There is no way i would pay the prices you have been quoted. I would wait a couple more months and see what the online sites come up with. Try also the Rendezvous Hotel at The Rocks and Sheraton on the Park in downtown Sydney.
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Hi, We are sailing on Celebrity Solstice on 4 Novembe 2013 and staying at a very reasonably priced (but small) hotel in city, short walk from Darling Harbour and Chinatown. Was fully refurbished over 12 months ago and is Singapore owned. We paid $129 overnight for a Queen sized room. Probably classed as 3-4*. Short taxi trip to either cruise terminal. Check out their website http://www.cityhotelsydney.com.au/. Very good reviews on TripAdvisor too. When you go on their website hit the Online Booking button and it will show the very special rates. Of course at this price you do not have "views" but is a very central hotel for checking out the city CBD. (5 minutes walk).
Thank you once again everyone!

I appreciate all of the advice. And CCC's, thanks for the tip on City Hotel. I did check it out and they certainly have great rates, but I'm not sure it's what I'm looking for. We are on the same cruise, by the way! Have you visited our Roll Call? It has been getting more active. Hope to meet you onboard!
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Hi PaulaW, I am sure you will find just the right accommodation for your needs in Sydney as there are plenty of options for everyone to choose from. Have also visited the Roll Call for our trip on 4 November and it is definitely possible we may meet on board. Enjoy your trip to OZ and our neighbour over the ditch, N.Z.
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Hate to burst your bubble,

but that weekend in Sydney is often quite expensive (all Saturday nights are, some moreso)

It's the open house weekend for the Historic Houses trust and the Sydney to Gong ride is on.

It is also the middle of formal season and beginning of end of year work parties so you end up with overnighters after the various events.

Don't leave it too late or you will find rooms will be $600pn near the quay!

Have a look also at Shangri La (just behind the four seasons) as they sometimes have good packages.

Not luxury like the FS but also a nice property, a bit away from the Quay tho, is Meriton Campbell Serviced Apartments. (This is if budget is the most important).

Of Marriott and FS, I'd be going FS..
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Hate to burst your bubble,

but that weekend in Sydney is often quite expensive (all Saturday nights are, some moreso)

It's the open house weekend for the Historic Houses trust and the Sydney to Gong ride is on.

It is also the middle of formal season and beginning of end of year work parties so you end up with overnighters after the various events.

Don't leave it too late or you will find rooms will be $600pn near the quay!

Have a look also at Shangri La (just behind the four seasons) as they sometimes have good packages.

Not luxury like the FS but also a nice property, a bit away from the Quay tho, is Meriton Campbell Serviced Apartments. (This is if budget is the most important).

Of Marriott and FS, I'd be going FS..
Thanks for the info!! I knew there had to be some reason why the rates were so high!

I will definitely choose something soon and I do appreciate your input.
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I am hoping that someone can help me narrow down some hotel choices given to me by my TA. I am spending two nights in Sydney pre-cruise in November.

Here are my options (ranging from $626 up to $730 for two nights):
The Four Seasons (actually the cheapest!)
The Radisson Blu
Sydney Marriott (I believe at Circular Quay)
The Four Points Darling Harbour
The Holiday Inn Old Sydney

It seems as though all hotels are on the pricey side -- especially to be in a good location which is important to me. So which of these would provide the best accommodation for the price and location?

Thank you so much for any advice!
Can't believe that the Four Seasons is actually the cheapest - I'd definitely grab that!!!!

We've stayed in The Four Seasons, The Four Points and The Holiday Inn Old Sydney (although Holiday Inn was years ago and was under the banner of Park Royal at that time).

Each of those three hotels were great in all respects although The Four Seasons was just a cut above. We had a suite on the top floor overlooking the cruise terminal when the the two Queens (Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth) were in and it was just sensational. This was a special occasion for us as we are not usually so extravagant.

For location I'd go The Rocks over Darling Harbour....and I really like the location of The Holiday Inn best of all. From the roof pool the view is fantastic and when you walk out of the hotel you are already in the midst of everything. Especially on weekends when the Rocks Markets are happening. Fabulous.
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Can't believe that the Four Seasons is actually the cheapest - I'd definitely grab that!!!!

We've stayed in The Four Seasons, The Four Points and The Holiday Inn Old Sydney (although Holiday Inn was years ago and was under the banner of Park Royal at that time).

Each of those three hotels were great in all respects although The Four Seasons was just a cut above. We had a suite on the top floor overlooking the cruise terminal when the the two Queens (Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth) were in and it was just sensational. This was a special occasion for us as we are not usually so extravagant.

For location I'd go The Rocks over Darling Harbour....and I really like the location of The Holiday Inn best of all. From the roof pool the view is fantastic and when you walk out of the hotel you are already in the midst of everything. Especially on weekends when the Rocks Markets are happening. Fabulous.
Thank you so much for your advice! I really appreciate it.

Amazingly, the Four Seasons is the cheapest and the Holiday Inn the most expensive. Who would have thought? I did discover that I can cash in some credit card points for Marriott certificates, so that might be the way to go. But, the Four Seasons is tempting!
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Does anyone have any experience with The York in Circular Quay! It has reasonable prices with laundry in the rooms and the reviews were good...but I can always use advice!
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