I had to stay 6 days in Sydney, first for a medical conference, then for a 2 day training course. Being a frequent business traveller I am used to the Hiltons, the Marriotts and the other luxury big chains, but after staying at the Meriton, why would you bother - especially if for a long stay.
I rented a one bedroom apartment for $210 a night and had a seperate bedroom and large living room. The apartment was near-brand new. The kitchen appliances were perfect and it looked like the oven had never been used. Why would you use an oven when within 2 minutes of stepping outside you are sorrounded by dozens of restaurants. There is a Coles about 5 min walk up George St at World Tower Centre, which also has a liquor store.
Check in was efficient, the staff professional and courteous. You won't get the same degree of sucking up as you get when you check into say Hilton, but no complaints.
The apartment near brand new, the building, elevators all clean tidy and well set out and nice to stay in. I was on the 23rd floor and had a balcony with a partially obstructed view looking south, which wasn't bad.
What especially impressed: while there is a full laundry in the apartment it did not have a drying rack. At 845am I called front desk to ask for one. I was told by the attendant 'housekeeping is not in until 9am but we'll fix it up'. When I returned from work at 5 the drying rack was set up in my room. This is the kind of 'nothing is too difficult service we frequent travellers appreciate'.
What could have been better? For bonus points it would have been nice to have an upgrade to a 2-bedroom unit, or one with a view especially given I was staying 6 nights and if one was avaialble. But hey, no points against them for this : I got everything I expected and paid for.
Top tips: pick up some fresh milk, cereal and bread from Coles up the road, and enjoy cheap healthy breakfasts in the comfort of your room.
1. even from the 23rd floor you can still hear the sound of the traffic all night long, especially the rumble of cars going over the tram tracks.
2. I had trouble connecting to the Internet. While the rooms have both wireless and LAN connections, you have to connect first over the LAN and then you can get a code for the wireless, but for some reason my laptop wasn't connecting via the wire network, so had to fall back to plan B and use my handy iPad. Also in this day and age hotels shouldn't be charging for Internet access.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Let the feeling of excitement take over as you make your grand entrance into our chic lobby. Be invited into luxury by our exceptional Guest Services staff, onsite 24 hours a day. Check into one of our 247 beautifully designed suites, spread across a remarkable 39 floors, which all feature spacious floor plans, sophisticated furnishings. Promising better value than a traditional hotel, our oversized Studio Suites, larger than the typical hotel room, offer a kitchenette and internal laundry facilities while our Modern Suites feature additional open plan living spaces to boast the extra comforts of home. Our Fortune Suites will give you the opportunity to unwind by watching the city life go by, from the higher floors of the hotel. Indulge in our exclusive spa and sauna facilities, or maintain your fitness with our fully-equipped fitness centre and heated indoor swimming pool. Situated amongst Chinatown, our guests can experience the Asian culture whilst in the heart of the city. ... more less
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