(Closed) Aussie bees- where to stay in Sydney?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: Where should we stay in Sydney on our honeymoon?
    Sydney CBD : (0 votes)
    Darling Harbour : (2 votes)
    33 %
    The Rocks : (4 votes)
    67 %
    Potts Point : (0 votes)
    Surry Hills : (0 votes)
    Darlinghurst : (0 votes)
    Other : (0 votes)
  • Post # 4
    3886 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    The Darling Harbour neighborhood is a little quieter than The Rocks, and the CBD would be very lively in the daytime but very quiet at night. In the CBD there will still be plenty of restaurants and bars open but if you want to be close to the nightlife, then I’d stay at The Rocks.  The Rocks is going to be the most lively of all those neighborhoods, and it’s only about a 5-minute walk to Circular Quay where you can get a ferry, subway, any kind of public transport.     The CBD isn’t a bad choice but it truly is a Central Business District and has that “downtown” vibe to it, not fun-and-funky downtown like NYC though.  Very workforce-centric, if that makes sense.

    Personally I find Darling Harbour a little one-dimensional; it’s great for an evening but I think I might be a bit  bored staying in that neighborhood for more than a couple of nights, since everything is so heavily geared towards capturing the tourists.  I’d rank the neighborhoods Rocks > CBD > Darling Harbour since those are going to be the closest to all of the things you want to see and do.

    The Grand Quay may represent a better value than you realize, as each suite (all their rooms are suites) has a full kitchen complete with tableware, cookware, etc, and a washer/dryer.  That means you can cook at least breakfast and probably multiple meals a day, and cut back on your expenses— Sydney is not cheap, and it’s pretty easy for a couple to spend $150 AUD or more on dinner if you’re having a few drinks with it.  Or $40 for a sit-down breakfast.  The washer/dryer gives you the opportunity to carry less luggage which to me was a godsend— we usually stay in 2-3 different hotels, regardless of city, if we’re in town for more than just a couple of days, so we can try different neighborhoods, and on our multiple trips to Sydney we always book the Quay Grand right in the middle of the trip.  So for me it’s well worth the price tag but of course it’s not my money you’d be spending. Just saying if you factor in the savings of being able to cook a meal or two each day for yourselves, it might not be that much of a budget killer.  Also they are part of Accor hotel group now and while I forget the name of their rewards program, they do give you free wi-fi just for signing up as a loyalty member, which is worth about $20-40/day in Sydney if not more. 

    Post # 6
    8438 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I love the Simpons of Potts Point but that might be just outside of your budget (around $280 plus a night).

    In your price range the places i have stayed and thought were good (some of these were for work):

    Meriton Serviced Apartments (both Kent and campbell Street locations)

    Sir Stamford at Circular Quay

    Raddisson Blu- I personally love the raddison Blu brand very good value for money.

    South Sydney Waldorf Apartments

    One that is below your budget is the Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel. When H and I go up to Sydney we like to stay here . It is in the Rock and is literally an old pub which is why we like it. It is quaint and not at all modern (except the bathrooms etc) but the decor is nice. The pub also serves great food. We can usually pick up a midweek rate of about $170/n.

    but my best advice is to check out trip advisor and look at the reviews. I tend to pay more attention tot he reviews of people from the same area/country as me as in general reviews can be better gauged from poeple that come from a similar experiences (in terms of service standards and acommodation standards etc).

    But @fishbone:  is right- food can be expensive if you want waterfron dining and if you stick to the tourist areas.

    Also check out the Australian versions of the coupon sites (groupon, living social, cudo, scoupon, our deal are a few). They have great travel deals and restaurant deals as well as experiences. They have had the bridge walk a couple of times.

    Post # 7
    1564 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Not an Aussie bee here but we’re honeymooning there in November, too! We booked the Intercontinental for two nights when we first arrive for a little bit of luxury and some recovery from the flight. From there, we booked The Vibe near Chinatown for six nights. The price per night ended up at $227 USD so close to your price range. We figured we’re only going to be sleeping in the hotel so as long as it’s clean and comfortable, we’re happy!

    Good luck! Your honeymoon sounds pretty amazing with New Zealand added in!

    Post # 8
    737 posts
    Busy bee

    @Miss Wallaby:  Agree with the comments above. Look for apartments, the Quest are generally cheaper and very clean and comfortable.  Washing your clothes throught the hotels in Australia is very expensive.  You may find a laundry mat (self operated) but even I wouldn’t know where to look in the CBD or The Rocks.

    There are lots of little stores in the CBD area and even a full on Woolworths supermarket at Town Hall station that you can use to stock up on simple supplies for breakfast or a quick lunch which will save you heaps of money.

    But Chinatown is also fantastic, I love the area.  Loads of asian and spanish food to choos from and it is very close to Town Hall station.  Get an apartment there.  The Radisson Suites (sounds expensive) in Liverpool Street is also good because it has a small kitchen, but no laundry that I remember.

    Have fun, there is lots to do.

    Post # 9
    1278 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I voted the Rocks… we stayed there last time and it was a great location when we had a short trip.

    I would avoid Potts Point – its near Kings Cross, the red light district of Sydney 

    Post # 12
    200 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @Miss Wallaby:  I’m not Australian, but my husband is. When we visited Sydney, we took the train from the airport (and pretty much everywhere else, too) — super easy! 

    Post # 14
    2324 posts
    Buzzing bee

    In terms of ctaching the train, it’s actually really expensive – website currently states $16.20 per person one way. Once you decide on where you are staying it may be worth asking how much a taxi may be. If there are 2 x of you may work for the taxi to be a better option (especially if you have all that luggage)

    Also, in terms of apartments, have you considered using sites like HomeAway or Airbnb? Locals rent out that home / apartment / units fo a fraction compared to hotels. Did a quick search & found this place ….a million dollar view! (ps. you ‘d also have acces too washing machine etc!


    Let us know how you go!

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