22th Oct. 2010. We picked this hotel for a special treat of a trip away from Canberra because it had a swimming pool as our children (aged 4 & 6) love swimming. We were in for a BIG disappointment.
Our children were not allowed in the indoor swimming pool because there were swimming lessons being held there - for children. So, we were told in very poor English by a patronising spa worker there, that only adults were allowed to swim there. So, we went to the outdoor pool which we discovered was unheated and positively freezing. Our children lasted 4 mins and we took them out as their lips had turned blue.
We enquired about swimming first thing in the morning in the warm indoor pool - it opens as late as 08:00 a.m.on a Saturday and still no children allowed.
So, if you are thinking of taking your children here then I would forego this hotel.
I have travelled worldwide consistently for the past 20 years and these were the worst beds and bedrooms I have had the misfortune to have to put up with.
The beds literally dipped down from the edges! And that's without having sat on them. They were so soft you could feel each spring through the mattress surface and the springs giving way.
The bottom sheets didn't fit the bed well and exposed the old and tired mattresses.
Much to my disgust the doona's did not have doona covers on them! Hygiene ...or what hygiene. The pillow were all of the rubber variety and hard and uncomfortable.
These extremely poor qualities applied to both double beds in our room.
The t.v. was a very old fashioned model, grimy and the remote control worked but the t.v. would only react to it intermittently. The carpet in the room was worn and ondulated and stained. Ugh. I really wouldn't recommend anyone go to this hotel, especially paying the rates Novotel are asking for.
The staff all looked tired, sweaty and never offered a smile in any of the dept. / areas of the hotel. On the surface this hotel looks good, but the swimming pool policies, beds, t.vs., bedrooms and staff were really below par. I would rate this a 2 star hotel.
Unique Quality: Only redeeming quality about this hotel is location opposite the beach.
A lot of businesses have closed down around the hotel so don't expect to go on interesting shopping or cafe wanders.
Novotels are always nice. The rooms are always clean, and ammenities are good. This one had a particularly good childrens area, and has the added bonus of being right on Brighton Beach, so great for burning off kids excess energy! It's also only about 10 minutes from the airport, so great for a stay if you have an early flight. You can watch the planes landing from the beach.
The restaurants at this hotel group always dissapoint me. The breakfast buffets are good...but outside of that I usually don't bother...overpriced and highly over-rated. This one however had a not too bad seafood buffet, so I was nicely surprised.
Rates start at about AU$200 per room (inluding brekky)
We stay at this hotel once a year as my husband runs conferences here. Being a Sydney sider myself living on the north shore its highly unlikely i would have stayed here...except it was related to work.
The hotel is 10 minutes by taxi to the airport which would suit travellers looking for somewhere to stay for a stopover. Its situated across the road from Botany Bay and has lovely views of the water. One can sit on the balcony and watch the planes take off and land at Sydney airport. It can become quite obsessive watching the planes....and at night it is rather magical with all the lights.
Brighton le Sands is an interesting area once known for its rather large Italian community. So hence, there are plenty of good restaurants close to the hotel. The swimming pool is excellent with an indoor heated pool with steam room and sauna and an outdoor pool with slippery dip. Great for families.
Our rooms when ever we have stayed have been above average size with all the mod cons that you expect. Last time we had an enormous room with balcony king size bed, a separate lounge room which accomadated my friends overnight . Working desk with internet connection, inhouse dining and room service. Breakfast was terrific and staff very happy to help even though the hotel was going through renovations.
Good restaurant and bar area. Opposite club and nightlife is plentiful.
PROS: Excellent location to airport...buses to city about 15 - 20mins away. Very spacious and comfortable rooms. Furniture above average. Large balcony with super views. Beach across the road...shops and restaurants, clubs at doorstep. Good supermarket close by to buy refreshments. Great conference facilities. Pool area terrific for adults and children. Beauty palour for manicure or massages. Room service excellent. This hotel is alot better than some of the city ones.
CONS: Abit far from major attractions of Sydney but really whats 30 minutes...for comfort and value.
RECOMMENDATION: Absolutely, expecially for travellers stopping over in Sydney.
Novotel Brighton Beach is well located overlooking Botany Bay and offers resort style surroundings and facilities for both the business and leisure traveller.
Close by there are numerous cafes and restaurants as well as a small shopping arcade. Bike tracks and running paths run parallel to Botany Bay.
The resort is within shouting distance of Sydney Airport... not that anyway would hear you above the roar jets... but in theory you could be heard.
It still amused me that I reckon I could have walked from the airport in about 15 min yet it took about half an our by taxi. That says a lot about the traffic conditions in Sydney.
Unique Quality: If you do find yourself staying here make sure you ask for a room with ocean views. From your balcony you get sweeping views over Botany Bay and also glimpses of the city skyline past the airport.
Directions: Distance from city centre 15kms; Distance from airport 4kms
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