The room was two story. Downstairs was a living room, entry and bathroom and upstairs wa a bedroom and bathroom. Nicely furnished and "tres chic". At first I thought that the location was inconvenient, but once I got my bearings it was actually quite centrally located and convenient to museums and restaurants. There are quite a few restaurants that share the wharf with the hotel, so you have to go far to eat or drink.
Unique Quality: Build from a rehabilitaed old wharf/warehouse structure. There's lots of old wooden beams mixed in with very contemporary furnishings and design. The "inside" picture is inside the wharf structure, looking towards the hotel bar.
We stayed for a night at the W Sydney.
We had sometime to kill before checkin and talk a walk to the Botanical Garden and Art Museum.
It was a pleasant stay and the bed is very comfortable.
There is a shopping mall with the hotel building.
If you have money to burn this is the place for you... I can not imagine paying for a night here but i wasnt, it was a gift.... lol having said that it was the best room I have ever stayed in and the service was excellent!
Check out lastminute.com and similar discounters for late booking rates, its often there.
Unique Quality: King size beds, Fabulous Views, spacious rooms and great linen lol Basically its a very indulgent place to stay.
It is an indication of just how far the once extremely deprived area of Woolloomooloo has come when one of America's most prestigious hotel marques has opened one of its only non US hotels here in the former industrial Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf...
This new hotel is the epitome of tasteful opulence and is perfectly placed to take maximum advantage of many of Sydney's most famous sights. Situated as it is in the converted wharf, as well as the W Hotel's own facilities there are at least a half dozen high class restaurants also on the ground floor - though if you fancy slumming it with the locals, there is always Harry's Cafe de Wheels a few metres away from the entrance... ;-)
Perhaps one of the most striking things about staying at the W in Sydney is the sheer amount of choice in your rooms (check the website for the nine options), be it 'wharf' rooms with views of the Domain, or for Naval buffs, the Australian Navy docks - or the lofts, including the 'ultra' loft which at 98 sq mtrs represents an awful lot of room!
Rates are, as you would expect, pretty steep but considering the reputation of W Hotels well worth it!
Unique Quality: You need not stay at the W to appreciate its qualities, as I did living only about 5 minutes away...
Simply come in and enjoy the wonderful space of the Living Room, W's lobby come stylish bar - or the award winning Water Bar:
"Mix. Mingle. Shake and Stir. Welcome to the heart of W Sydney. The Water Bar has been named "Bar of the Year" by the Sydney Morning Herald, "Best Bar" by the Sydney Good Food Guide, and "One of the top 10 bars in the world" by Condé Nast Traveler. Stretch out on the banquettes, lie back on the vast ottomans, and embark on a new venture."
Check out the website for great pics of this beautiful hotel!
Directions: Situated in the land ward end of the Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf
We are staying in Sydney over the New Year, I know its a long way away but ya have to plan. Anywho where are the best places to stay ie Hotels Cheap comfortable and clean ones near the city center. Heard about Kings cross Safe Area?Any around the beach that are close or a bus ride to the city center ? Also we plan to fly to Perth what airlines do good deals Virgin Blue are they the best ? Any alternatives ? is there a way to get to Ayres Rock first and then to Perth. We wont be hiring out a car as we cannot drive...bummer I know
The Cross is a bit run down and seedy but generally safe. Victoria St is the place for the Backpackers Hostels/Hotels or there are more upmarket places (but not too upmarket!) further down Victoria St towards Oxford St (Darlinghurst Rd -parallel to Victoria) is another good place to look. I personally think this is the best area to stay in Sydney (I'm going there again on Friday for the long weekend) as it has access to cafes/bars and the nightlife of Darlinghurst/Paddington as well as the character of the Cross. There are some reasonably priced hotels on Bondi Beach (one train stop from the Cross). Manly Beach in North Sydney is also another popular beach/accommodation place (less commercial than Bondi) but it is a bit further out.
Internal flights you are moreorless restricted to Qantas (or QantasLink) and Virgin Blue. Sydney to Ayers Rock is about 3 and a half hours flight. Just did a quick search on Qantas website - A$600+ return (but e-ticketing 3-4 weeks in advance is heaps cheaper - sometimes less than half). Perth is another 3 hour flight from AR but limited flights. Qantas is the better flight - Virgin Blue is much more basic and you are squeezed in (more of a charter type flight than scheduled) and they are not always cheaper. With both, the further in advance you book, the cheaper.
I agree with leffe3. Kings Cross is THE place to stay, location wise its handy to everything and cheap. I've just moved from Sydney to Lizard Island and recommend the place I was staying at, the Bernly is a hotel and hostel so has private rooms with bath through to six person dorms. Good clean facilities, including rooftop terrace, communcal lounge with cable TV and kitchen and 24hr security all within 2 mins walk of Kings Cross Station. Check their website at www.bernlyprivatehotel.com.au or phone Martin, Basil or Stella at 02 93583122.
In regard to airfares at the moment Qantas have the better deals as they are on par with Virgin pricewise but the service is superior. But who nows what prices will be like in Dec/Jan, you might like to have a look at train travel as an option although it tends to be expensive or perhaps buses there are the standard bum numbing Greyhound and McCaffertys or you could try Oz Experience if you want to break the trip up and see some of the sights too.
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Address: 6 Cowper Wharf Rd, (formerly W Hotel), Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia