On the pulse of a cosmopolitan city: Modern hotels in Sydney
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On the pulse of a cosmopolitan city: Modern hotels in Sydney

A RECENT report in The Australian Financial Review revealed that Sydney’s tourism boomed in 2016, and hotel operators and owners were the big winners.

The report added that Tourism Research Australia forecasts international visitor numbers to rise 8.3 percent this financial year to 8.3 million.

Tourists are not pouring into the city for no reason – its plethora of attractions for the whole family, commendable seafood, warm weather, and lovely beaches are just some of the reasons why Sydney is a postcard-worthy, highly likable city.

The Tank Stream Hotel

On the pulse of a cosmopolitan city: Modern hotels in Sydney

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The Tank Stream Hotel – part of the established St Giles chain – is one of the busiest hotels in the city, largely owing to its smack-in-the-heart-of-the-city location amidst Sydney’s central business district (CBD) on the corner of Pitt and Hunter streets.

The Sydney Opera House is just over a kilometer away from the hotel, or a seven-minute ride. The Sydney Museum, Australian Technology Park, and Luna Park Sydney are all within proximity. And here’s the cherry on the cake: the train station is mere minutes away by foot.

Inside the hotel, things are just as lively and exciting. Le Petit Flot – the hotel’s in-house French restaurant – is based around a sharing plates concept and boasts large communal tables. Naturally, fresh, sustainable and local ingredients are used in most dishes.

Meanwhile, rooms are modern and comfortable, and are “all-inclusive”, complete with sophisticated in-room technology, entertainment, complimentary non-alcoholic minibar, and a Nespresso coffee machine. Read more…

Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel

On the pulse of a cosmopolitan city: Modern hotels in Sydney

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Located directly in the Sydney International Airport terminal and approximately 181 steps to the check-counters, Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel really wants to make sure you make that boarding call. So if you’re booked on an early-morning flight or doing an overnight layover, Rydges is the answer.

All 318 rooms boast runway views (how many hotels can brag about that?) and feature the Rydges Dream Bed – a one-sided “no need to turn” mattress. After a long flight, enjoy cable channels on the 42-inch flat-screen TVs and free WiFi to catch up on those emails.

Business travelers in town for a conference will appreciate Rydges’ meeting facilities which include Quickmeet, a small room rental service for impromptu gatherings, as well as its well-stocked business center, a part of The Hub Conferences & Events.

If you’re worried about missing that live sports telecast, catch recaps at Touchdown Sports Bar. The atmosphere is often raucous, the staff energetic, and the supply of Aussie beer infinite, so it’s easy to get caught in the moment when your favorite team bags a winner.

Holiday Inn Darling Harbour

On the pulse of a cosmopolitan city: Modern hotels in Sydney

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Holiday Inn Darling Harbour is smack in the middle of the Sydney action, as its location suggests. Darling Harbour is home to some of the city’s most-visited attractions including SeaLife Aquarium, Sydney Wildlife Zoo, Madame Tussaud’s, The Powerhouse Museum, and National Maritime Museum.

Rooms are clean and fuss-free, equipped with 32-inch flat-screen TVs, high-speed internet (for a fee), free access to digital newspapers on any of your smart devices, and a comfortable ensuite bathroom with dual-pressure showerhead. You can also choose between soft and firm pillows.

If you upgrade to a 55-square-meter suite, you get the bonus of a separate lounge area, large bathrooms fitted with a bathtub, and a separate shaving mirror. If you so wish, you can also enjoy the view of local Sydneysiders going about their day in the central business district.

While the surrounding area is chockfull of restaurants and bars, the in-house Shipleys Restaurant is worth a mention. The breakfast buffet will sort you out for the rest of the day with a selection of hot and cold dishes, cereals, bakery goods, fresh juices, coffee, and tea. Special dietary requirements can also be taken care of.

*Some of the properties featured in this article are commercial partners of Travel Wire Asia

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