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Anybody used a customne holiday planner for Sydney?

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Anybody used a customne holiday planner for Sydney?

Hi! Was wondering if anybody has recommendations for a custom holiday planner to plan a holiday for a group of 16 pax in Sydney?

11. Re: Anybody used a customne holiday planner for Sydney?

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12. Re: Anybody used a customne holiday planner for Sydney?

You're quite right Mez, perhaps it isn't appropriate.

It originated back in the 70's and through the 80's by hoteliers, when we had considerably higher numbers of US visitors to Sydney, back when the hotel landscape was very much dominated by US hotel management and staff.

Although its not geographically correct, it was used as a comparative reference for speed/ease of explanation for guests.

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13. Re: Anybody used a customne holiday planner for Sydney?

Hi,

Appreciate all for your efforts to orientate me around Sydney!

KVE - Darling Harbour, we are exploring Parkroyal Hotel -- Is this really walking distances to attractions? We have kids as young as 2 yr old… so we need to know how near is it to attractions like the Aquarium and the Wild life Zoo.

Mia - For serviced apt, we are looking for the 2 BR under A$300/nite (with daily housekeeping and in apt Laundry facilities). Not sure I am being too ambitious.. ha!

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14. Re: Anybody used a customne holiday planner for Sydney?

You might be able to get family rooms at The Hyde Park Inn under $300pn

ParkRoyal DH is ok for Darling Harbour but you will still need to use public transport for other places like tge Bridge & Opera House.

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15. Re: Anybody used a customne holiday planner for Sydney?

ParkRoyal is about 500m from SeaLife Aquarium, which is effectively the furtherst attraction around that area from the hotel.

It is located across the road directly from Darling Quarter and Tumbalong Park, which is great for young children - playground, plus cafe and restaurants, also only two blocks from Town Hall and access to train and buses.

Just so you are aware, the ParkRoyal is not an apartment, but a traditional style hotel. So no kitchenettes or laundry facilities.

Mia is right about Family Rooms at Hyde Park Inn, it's probably the only place you'll get anything like that under $300. BUT, it's open plan, not two bedrooms (which are different category of rooms), and as to whether they have enough rooms of similar type for 16 people is something you'll need to contact the hotel about.

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16. Re: Anybody used a customne holiday planner for Sydney?

Thanks a lot Mia and KVE!

Checked out the Hyde Park Inn website.. looks good to cater to the different tastes of my group - some want hotel, some want serviced apts.. ha!

Seems like Darling Harbour is good for my group! It is primarily a kids holiday rather than adults! :)

Yes, was also looking at hotels as a cheaper alternative...

Is there any serviced apartments around that same area as Park Royal?

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17. Re: Anybody used a customne holiday planner for Sydney?

Was also looking at Meriton Serviced Apts at Pitt Street, how does it measure in terms of location to PArk royal and the Hyde Park inn?

Thanks again!

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18. Re: Anybody used a customne holiday planner for Sydney?

It's much closer to Hyde Park Inn than the ParkRoyal. So inbetween Town Hall and Hyde Park.

It would be considerably more than the $300/night you mentioned, for a two bedroom apartment though.

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19. Re: Anybody used a customne holiday planner for Sydney?

Thanks!! Will try to see if Hyde park has rooms... Checked agoda, no rooms avail... :( Am looking to hire a coach to bring our group for the day trips... Not so much the city area. Any reliable transportation company to recommend or would u suggest just taking the day trip booked with the hotel concierge ?

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20. Re: Anybody used a customne holiday planner for Sydney?

Hi,

Also check Agoda's sister company Booking.com and hotel website. One website closed out isn't always an indicator. However on this occasion, I suspect you are correct, because half of June was completely sold out everyday - all room types.

It's a tough question about minibus vs tour, as there are a number of factors to consider. Driver for a LR vehicle, cost of hire, petrol etc then in addition you have whatever entry costs to some of the attraction. An inclusive tour will cover all of that, some inclusive of lunch. Before you make a decision, I would contact a couple of companies, and ask if they offer a group booking discount. Try AATKings, OzTrails, and OzTrek. The latter two runs small minibus tours, so depending on the date and availability, you may get the entire bus to yourselves.