Hotels closest to cruise dock in Sydney

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To help me in the notes, details, and recommendations I am collecting....
what are the hotels closest to the cruise dock to make embarkation day as easy as possible. Thanks you!

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Originally posted by SPacificbound
To help me in the notes, details, and recommendations I am collecting....
what are the hotels closest to the cruise dock to make embarkation day as easy as possible. Thanks you!

Cruise line is RCI and ship is Rhapsody of the sea.

For the moment (and always subject to change), the Rhapsody of the Seas is currently scheduled to be in Circular Quay (Overseas Passenger Terminal), so here is a list (not comprehensive), but a list of accommodations nearby to this location:

All of the following are identified as 4-5 star properties within 1/4 mile (.4km) of Circular Quay and average between $188-$408/night depending on date of stay.

Sydney Harbour Marriott at Circular Quay (0.0 mi away)
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney (0.1 mi away)
Sir Stamford at Circular Quay (0.1 mi away)
Establishment Hotel (0.1 mi away)
Mantra 2 Bond Street Sydney (0.2 mi away)
Quay West Suites Sydney (0.2 mi away)
Harbour Rocks Hotel (0.2 mi away)
Sofitel Sydney Wentworth (0.2 mi away)
Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney (0.2 mi away)
Rendezvous Stafford Hotel (0.2 mi away)
Quay Grand Suites Sydney (0.2 mi away)
Shangri-La Hotel Sydney (0.2 mi away)

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We stayed at the Sydney Harbor Marriott in September before our cruise and enjoyed the say.
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Thank you for the responses!

Sydney Harbour Marriott sounds good to me!
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We spent a week at the Sir Stamford at Circular Quay following a cruise last November, and absolutely loved the hotel. The staff was wonderful, the room very large and well appointed, and the location perfect. We also liked the fact that it is an Australian hotel chain. I suspect we will return again to Sydney, and would definitely stay at the Sir Stamford again.
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Has anyone stayed at The Rocks Holiday Inn. I see it is very close to the
Overseas Passenger Terminal. Would like to know what it is like also that area of The Rocks.
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Originally posted by ozark74
Has anyone stayed at The Rocks Holiday Inn. I see it is very close to the
Overseas Passenger Terminal. Would like to know what it is like also that area of The Rocks.
Thanks.
It's a good, if fairly basic Holiday Inn in a fantastic location. Literally 5 minutes walk to the ship and right in the heart of the Rocks district with the ferry terminal, opera house, bridge all an easy, short walk away. If you want something a little more upmarket (and with spectacular harbour views) try the Shangri La which is also very close to the things you need to be near.
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I have stayed at Holiday Inn Old Sydney twice ,pre/post cruise ,
and also recommended it to several on our Roll Call , who also chose to stay there.
Its called a Heritage Building, and is a bit tired but the rooms we had were large , tidy , clean and comfortable.
The location is just perfect.
I suppose its like a cruise ship that is due to go into dry-dock for a refit.
There's nothing wrong with it, but an update would sure make a difference.
For a night or two we found it ideal ,
and for embarkation we just rolled our luggage over the road , and checked in.


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Originally posted by SPacificbound
To help me in the notes, details, and recommendations I am collecting....
what are the hotels closest to the cruise dock to make embarkation day as easy as possible. Thanks you!

Cruise line is RCI and ship is Rhapsody of the sea.
search for google hotel finder, you can search by list or by adjusting a map around any part of the city you are interested. It is a newer product from google labs and is pretty good for hotel research. It also shows current pricing and whether the pricing is higher/lower than rack rates.

We used it for Sydney.

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The Russell is almost across the street from the terminal. I really enjoyed my stay there a number of years ago, it is a fantastic location.
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WE stayed at the Park Hyatt.It opened Feb 17th .Best location you can see your ship from your room.Walk to Cicular Qiuy.2min walk to the ferry terminal.We recomend the hop off hop on ferry.We loved Sydney we stayed 5 days at the Hyatt.
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Originally posted by Acrusa
WE stayed at the Park Hyatt.It opened Feb 17th .Best location you can see your ship from your room.Walk to Cicular Qiuy.2min walk to the ferry terminal.We recomend the hop off hop on ferry.We loved Sydney we stayed 5 days at the Hyatt.
What was the effect of that total makeover? It openned too late for our planned celebration visit but there is always next year and it IS a wonderful location.

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We stayed at the Rendezvous Stafford in the Rocks and loved it. We like old buildings, so we stayed in one of the terrace houses (old row houses), which was very cool. We went to a museum called Susannah Place, which showed what the terrace houses looked like in earlier days. the whole story of the Rocks and how the neighborhood was saved from high-rise redevelopment is fascinating, and it made us appreciate our little house even more. I had thought about Holiday Inn, too, but some of the reviews on tripadvisor said it was looking tired.

If you like history, definitely stay in the Rocks and check out the various musuems about the Rocks--Susannah, the big Dig, the Rocks Experience.

I couldn't find anything inexpensive in Sydney, but it's a city and city hotels tend to be expensive. So, as one poster said, this is a place to bite the bullet and spend some money. Considering the prices in the area, I thought the Rendezvous was relatively reasonable. I'd stay there again without hesitation.
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Will give you user reviews of Sydney hotels.

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Originally posted by DougH
The Russell is almost across the street from the terminal. I really enjoyed my stay there a number of years ago, it is a fantastic location.
It better be great, the best price per night that I could find on the Internet was over $500.
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Originally posted by DougH
The Russell is almost across the street from the terminal. I really enjoyed my stay there a number of years ago, it is a fantastic location.
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It better be great, the best price per night that I could find on the Internet was over $500.
Don't think it is that expensive unless you were looking to book in on New Years Eve
Standard with private ensuite is $250. Standard with shared bathroom is $159.

Be aware that this is not considered an international standard hotel - it is a bed&breakfast style Pub. Not somewhere i would normally stay at. Good place for a drink and cheap meal though.
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Can't believe the Russell is that expensive. And I agree, it is really more of a B&B and not that fancy but adequate. I got a single with shared bath pretty cheaply but that was a while ago now. The main thing it has going for it is location. I enjoyed my stay.
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Has anyone stayed at the Radisson Blu on Oconnell street? If so how is the walk to the Overseas Passenger Terminal and how is the area around the hotel?

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