Sigh. This was supposed to have gone up yesterday but you know how it is with technology. You never know when it’ll trip you up and leave you with egg on your face! That said, maybe it was providential because I actually didn’t have a post scheduled for today haha! Guess it all works out eh?
For my quick trip to Sydney, I was put up at The Darling Hotel, which is a new hotel attached to The Star, a casino and shopping complex down on Pyrmont St, near Darling Harbour. I’m told that at time of writing, it is just 18 months old! I’m not sure if I’d be able to put up here again (far too out of my budget!) but it was a nice experience.
This here is the Junior Suite and the bed was humongous! Also very high. I felt like the Princess and the Pea as i climbed up lol! The room is pretty large, with a sitting area, a small kitchenette and importantly, a Nespresso machine! YES!
Yes, I’m one of those who needs her coffee in the morning to jump start the engines or I’d get a terrible headache.
I must say the bathroom was the other thing I liked. There was a very large, high tub in there which served me well as I’d just gotten off an 8 hour flight filled with numerous crying and screaming babies, I was asked to switch my seat to accommodate people who wanted to sit together, and my new seatmate didn’t like me reclining my seat. What the hell? But you know what? There is nothing good ear plugs will not cure!
Still, a bath came in very handy to soak away all the stress and kinks. It is only about 19 Celcius here, which is cold by my tropical standards so I was looking forward to a nice hot bath. It was nice and warm, and I had a good long soak.
Toiletries were by Molton Brown. Mmm…. Nice! I shouldn’t have brought any hehe… My room didn’t have much of a view, except for a distant view of Anzac Bridge. Well, i did have a view of a giant TV.
I thought the decor was interesting. Certainly food for thought when I’m doing my own home decorating soon. I liked the black frames and the black and white photos in them. One more thing that thrilled me. Auto-closing blinds at a touch of a button! Ok, I’m easily amused 😛
Oh I had lunch in room and picked the catch of the day from the Sydney Fish Market which was Barramundi! It was a nice thick slab of fish, nicely grilled so it was crisp around the edges yet juicy on the inside and so fresh it tasted of the sea. This is what reminds me most of Sydney because the last time I was here years and years ago, my family and I spent so much time at the fish market trying all the various fresh seafood.
I took a walk in The Star next door but it was mostly high end designer stores and some random food although there was a famous patisserie Zumbo and Messima gelato. I tried the latter. Wasn’t bad although I was told at a different outlet, people queue for hours to buy the gelato!
It’s been a lovely stay at The Darling Hotel. The weather has been a little dreary but the room more than made up for it. Loved the chance to experience it because the odds of me returning aren’t high. Too luxurious even for my champagne tastes 😉
But if you have recommendations for other more wallet friendly hotels/accommodation in Sydney I’m all ears!
Who knows when I’ll be back again to visit and spend more time exploring the city oh and what were the odds that I had 4, count it, 4 crying and screaming babies in my section of the plane on my flight over? Enough to drive anyone mad, I swear! Not something I’d wish on anyone.