Elizabeth and I ended up spending our first two nights in Sydney at the Holiday Inn Darling Harbour. I'd discussed redeeming IHG Reward points for a stay at the Intercontinental Sydney, but unfortunately that didn't work out and we had to make a last minute switch. In the end I redeemed 70,000 IHG points for two free nights. It’s probably not the smartest option, but with limited availability it was the only one I had.
The Holiday Inn Darling Harbour is located smack dab in the middle of Sydney’s Chinatown. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I love visiting Chinatowns. Just a little further down the street from the hotel is Darling Harbour. The harbor itself is surrounded in restaurants, bars and even has an indoor shopping center.
After our Delta One flight Elizabeth and I arrived at the hotel well before our scheduled check in time. Unfortunately, our room wasn’t ready yet but the staff checked our bags for us and gave us a map of Sydney. The lovely gal working the front desk even pointed out a couple of places to get breakfast and told us our room would be ready around noon.
We made it back to the hotel just after 12 and sure enough our room was ready to go. I didn’t score an upgrade this time around so were assigned a standard room on the 10th floor.
When you walked into the room there was a large closet immediately to your left and a bathroom to your right. The closet had two robes and two pairs of slippers waiting for us inside.
For a standard room I thought the bathroom was very spacious. It had separate walk-in shower and a bathtub. There was only one sink, but it was below a huge mirror with plenty of counter space.
Just past the entry way was a desk with some basic amenities such as coffee and tea.
Our nice king size bed was located to the right with a TV mounted on the wall across from it.
Just past the bed was a small little nook with a chair and a footrest.
The most interesting thing about the room was the electricity. Once you entered the room you had to insert your key in a little slot in order to turn on the electricity. I thought it was an ingenious way to save some energy considering how many people leave on lights when they leave their rooms. The only noticeable downside was that the A/C wouldn’t run while we weren’t in our room so it tended to get a little warm while we were gone.
I thought my stay at the Holiday Inn Darling Harbor was just fine. The location may not be ideal for some, but there isn’t a lack of things to do close by. The rooms were perfectly appointed, the bathrooms were big, and the hotel staff was very helpful. This property could potentially be of great value for some.
Have you stayed at the Holiday Inn Darling Harbour? What are your thoughts?