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My wife and I stayed at The Macleay Hotel for 8 nights during our visit to Sydney in November 2015.
We booked our stay through www.ebookers.com and paid £585.64 (£73.21 per night) for a Studio with a "District View". Rooms with views of Sydney Harbour were also available, but at a significantly higher price. The views are apparently very good – but the price we paid was already edging towards the upper end of our budget! The price that we paid was after applying a 15% promotional discount code on eBookers' website.
We made our booking about 2 months before our trip and it could be cancelled free of charge up to 2 days before arrival if necessary. Our card was charged with the full cost of our stay some time in the 48 hours preceding our arrival.
I had visited Sydney some 9 years earlier, staying in basic budget accommodation (Alfred Park Hotel) in Surrey Hills, not far from the central train station. It suited my needs perfectly at the time, being cheap and within easy walking distance of transport links and places to eat and drink. I would happily have stayed there again in 2015 – particularly as it was still available at a similarly low price. However, Emma soon put paid to that idea, reminding me that I'm not a penny-pinching backpacker any more and that she would be expecting a certain minimum level of creature comforts!
So, the task was on to find good value accommodation within close proximity of Sydney's main sights. A frustrating search commenced. We found that accommodation within a short walk of Sydney Harbour and Circular Quay fell into two categories; high end hotels that were beyond our budget or hotels that fell within our budget but came with shared bathroom facilities (an instant no-no for Emma!).
Credit to Emma, she was the one who found The Macleay and ultimately made the decision for us to book it. It was a very good choice.
The Macleay Hotel is located in Potts Point, just a short walk east of the city centre, between Woolloomooloo Bay and Elizabeth Bay.
We arrived at the hotel in a taxi from Sydney's International airport terminal. At around 10pm on a Sunday evening the journey took around 25 minutes and cost 45 AUD.
At the end of our stay, we arranged tickets through the hotel reception for the airport shuttle bus to the domestic airport terminal. Tickets cost 14 AUD per person and the journey took around 45 minutes (around half of which was spent parked up in the city centre waiting for potential passengers that never materialised).
You can walk from the hotel to Woolloomooloo Bay, via Challis Avenue and the McElhone Stairs, in around 10 minutes. From there it is a pleasant stroll, either around the headland past Mrs Macquarie's Chair or through the Royal Botanic Gardens, to Sydney Opera House. Taking the most direct route and walking with purpose, you could walk from the hotel to the Opera House in 20-25 minutes. We tended to amble along more leisurely, taking photos and enjoying the scenery.
There is a Woolworths supermarket and bottle shop (for alcohol) practically opposite the hotel. The supermarket is open daily from 7am until midnight and the bottle shop until 10pm. There are upmarket bistros, wine bars and ethnic restaurants (Thai, Indian, European...) within a few minutes walk of the hotel. Alternatively, a 5 minute walk in the direction of Darlinghurst Road brings you to the cheap fast food outlets, pubs and lively/sleazy nightlife options of Kings Cross. You'll also find a good selection of tour companies in Kings Cross offering day trips to the Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley.
In terms of public transport, The Macleay is less than a 10 minute walk from Kings Cross train station. From there we could easily take the train to Bondi Junction (and connecting bus to Bondi Beach) or into the city centre – e.g. Martin Place (CBD), Town Hall and Central – the latter station being conveniently close to Chinatown where we often found ourselves eating. From Town Hall and Central, it was easy to get a connecting train to Circular Quay where we made use of the ferries to Taronga Zoo and Manly.
We made extensive use of the trains from Kings Cross and soon discovered the benefits of purchasing Opal cards for our journeys. These cards (valid on trains, buses and ferries) make travelling around Sydney very affordable; after you have made 8 chargeable journeys in a week, all further travel that week is free. This meant that we were travelling everywhere free of charge for the last 3 days of our stay.
In summary, the location is very good. It's close enough to enjoy the benefits of Kings Cross (transport links, budget eating places and tour booking offices), but far enough away to enjoy a quiet night's sleep. The walk to Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay, via Woolloomooloo Bay, is brilliant – even if getting there by public transport is more convenient, I'd recommend doing this walk at least once!
Having declined the option to pay extra for a room with views of Sydney Harbour, we found ourselves in room #906, a 9th floor room with what was described as a "district view". This district view included a voyeuristic view into a neighbouring luxury penthouse apartment, complete with giant plasma TV screens, sculptures, bookshelves and artwork. Further afield, we could see countless apartment blocks and rooftops disappearing into the Sydney suburbs. "District view" is probably a fair description!
We never had to wait very long for one of the two lifts to take us up from reception to the 9th floor. Security measures were in place whereby we had to scan the fob on our room key when ascending in the lift, but not when descending from our room back to ground level.
The room was neither spacious nor cramped; it was fine for the amount of time we spent in there. Heating and air-conditioning were available – we used the latter briefly on a couple of occasions, but the natural room temperature was comfortable for the most part. The room was clean and housekeeping was undertaken daily.
The furnishings consisted of a comfortable double bed (not two singles pushed together), an adequately sized wardrobe, a TV unit with four drawers, bedside cabinets with lamps, a telephone and a radio alarm clock, a small coffee table and a couple of chairs.
The flat screen TV picked up dozens of local news, entertainment, music and children's channels, but no international channels. We only turned it on briefly each day to watch the news headlines.
There were plenty of electrical sockets throughout the room for charging batteries and devices overnight.
Wi-fi was free throughout the hotel, but was slow and unreliable in our room. On my tablet, the connection dropped every few minutes and I had to keep signing back in, rendering it practically unusable. On my netbook, the connection didn't keep dropping, but the slow speed made it frustrating even for checking emails and casual browsing. Adding to the frustration, although wi-fi is free, you have to follow a subscription procedure which gives you 24 hours of access...and then go through it all again the next day...and the next...and the next... We saw other guests on our floor sitting in the corridor with their devices in an attempt to get a better connection, while the sofas in reception were invariably filled with guests and their tablets/laptops. The two computer terminals in reception (free for guests and always available when we needed them) offered a much faster and more reliable connection. We made use of these, and the free printing service, when checking in for our flight to Perth and printing off our boarding passes.
The room contained a small kitchenette, with fridge, electric cooking hobs, microwave, kettle, toaster, sink, pots and pans, cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils. We made use of these facilities for preparing breakfast with supplies purchased from the local Woolworths. Sachets of Douwe Egberts coffee, tea bags and sugar were provided by the hotel and replenished each day.
The en-suite shower room (no bathtub) was clean and reasonably sized, with a large surface area around the washbasin and huge mirror behind it. There was a constant supply of hot water and the water pressure in the shower met with Emma's demands! Fresh towels and a selection of toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, soap, body wash, body lotion...) were replenished daily.
A newspaper (Sydney's Daily Telegraph) was left outside our room each morning. It failed to appear on a couple of occasions, but this wasn't a problem – we could just pick one up from the pile that was provided in the lobby if we wanted one.
A lobby area, between the hotel's entrance and the manned reception desks, provided a plethora of information; fliers, leaflets, maps, guidebooks, promotional vouchers. Adverts displayed here included one for the airport shuttle (14 AUD per person) which reception were happy to book on our behalf. This is also where two computer terminals (free for guests to use) were located.
The hotel has a small swimming pool – not big enough to swim in and it would become crowded with half a dozen or more people in it. From the photos we saw before our visit, we had got the impression that it was a rooftop pool. It isn't – it is located on a raised terrace at the side of the hotel. There are a handful of cushioned sun loungers on the terrace beside the pool. We never found time to make use of the pool during our stay.
The Macleay Hotel proved to be an ideally located base for exploring the city...and very reasonably priced by Sydney standards. Our room was clean and comfortable, serviced daily and included sufficient cooking facilities had we wanted to self cater. We would happily stay there again and would recommend to others.
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comfortable place to stay Oct 29, 2010
I was spending 4 nights in The Macleay in Sydney. A hotel (‘serviced apartments’) in Potts Point. A neighbourhood next to Kings Cross.
Arriving at the hotel the reception staff provided us with all kind of information (sights, neighbourhood, public transport).
My room was at the 7th floor. Getting to the room I was astonished by the view: full view on the skyline of Sydney, the Sydney Harbour bridge and the famous Opera House!! I admired the view each morning and night!
Clean room. Comfortable bed and flat screen television. A/c which you can turn on or off (no temperature regulation). Kitchen with fridge, toaster, coffee and tea maker. Clean bathroom, somewhat fashioned. Hairdryer provided.
There is a guest laundry (operating with coins) on almost every floor of the hotel. There is a pool (didn’t use it, much more to do in Sydney!!). You can order room service breakfast. Large choice of cafes, restaurants, supermarkets, shops in the neighbourhood. Lots of nightlife in Kings Cross.
By taking the stairs (140 flights) you reach (going down) the Royal Botanical Gardens in about 15 minutes. The Opera House is about 30 minutes walking.
Shuttle to the airport (domestic or international terminal) AU $ 12. Reservation can be made at the hotel reception.
More information at: www.themacleay.com
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Macleay Hotel Overview
Guests of the Macleay Hotel will be near Circular Quay and can take a ferry ride into the city. The hotel is adjacent to the 24-hour entertainment and dining district in Kings Cross. Many entertainment and dining venues are accessible from this hotel in Sydney. The hotel has a pool, onsite restaurant, business center and conference rooms. The Macleay Hotel is located 9 miles from Kingsford Smith Airport and 4 miles from Sydney Airport. The Central Train and Bus Station are within 2 miles. There is onsite parking and taxi service is available.
Guestrooms at The Macleay Hotel feature air conditioning, opening windows, iPod docking stations, LCD televisions, iron and ironing board, coffee/tea maker, hairdryer and kitchenettes with microwave, toaster and cooking utensils. The hotel also has 24 hour reception and under cover parking.
The Macleay Hotel is located in the stylish Potts Point with views of The Opera House and the city skyline. Cafes, restaurants, bars and gourmet food stores abound near the hotel.
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