My husband and I spent 6 nights in the Medina Grand Hotel in Kent Street Sydney in a standard studio apartment. We had planned the holiday for 6 months as we bought very cheap Virgin air fares when they were on sale and because we looked at the same time found a good deal on the price of the accomodation. Even if you look on the internet it can sometimes pay to ring the hotel and ask what their best prices are as they will sometimes better the internet price. Anyway we accepted their deal but had to book and pay for the hotel then and there. There were no refunds or changes allowed but we are talking a difference of hundreds of dollars so if you are game (and if you take out travel insurance) you can get yourself a good deal too. We had stayed at a Medina in Melbourne last year so were familiar with the size of their rooms and their amenities. As I have a bad back I look for hotels that have a heated pool so I can exercise every morning. This hotel had the pool and it was ok except that although covered overhead one side of the pool area is exposed to the outside air making it freezing when getting out of the pool. The area and pool were always clean and well maintained and there were plenty of towels. There is also a gym for guests use.
Our room was on the 26th floor and faced a wall but we had a small balcony that we could see a bit of Darling Harbour on one side and some of the lights of Sydney on the other. There was a lot of traffic noise when the door to the balcony was open but having fresh air was great. When the door was shut there was no noise.
The room was not huge but big enough for 2 and had a toaster, microwave, sink, small fridge, crockery, cutlery and some food preparation dishes and utensils. It had everything most rooms normally have, tv, clock radio etc plus a table and 2 chairs and plenty of wardrobe space, a safe and an ironing board and iron. The room was clean and serviced daily as was the bathroom. The shower (over the bath) was great with good water pressure. What they didn't have that the Medina in Melbourne had was a small communal laundry for guests to use. In Melbourne there was one for the studio guests to use as the other rooms had washing facilities in them. It was only the size of wardrobe but had a washer, dryer and sink in it. I missed having this and it meant I had to take more clothes with us. This hotel does have a laundry service but like all hotels it was expensive.
The only things that I would suggest to improve this hotel is for the bed to be a little firmer and higher. It was very low, I hit my arm several times on the bedside table while sleeping as the bed was level with the bedside table. With the bed so soft and with soft sides it wasn't very stable to sit on the edge and as it was so low not always easy to get in and out of (for someone with a bad back). The other thing that would be good would be to have a comfortable chair to sit in. I have yet to find any hotel with a comfy chair in your room where you can sit in a read a book and lets face it we can't be out sight seeing and shopping every minute of the day.
The location of the hotel was great. Next time we will get the train into the city (you get off at Town Hall station) from the airport because it is literally a five minute walk to the hotel through the Town Hall Square shopping centre and is all under cover. When you walk out of the shopping centre the hotel is just across the road. In this shopping centre there is a Woolies supermarket, a Subway, as well as a variety of food shops, a chemist and newsagent as well as lots of other shops.This shopping centre leads to The Queen Victoria Building, The Galleries shopping centre, even the Westfield shopping centre and the mono rail. If you are like my husband there are 2 Starbucks within 5 minutes of the hotel as well as Krispy Kreme donuts, McDonalds, Hungary Jacks and hundres of eateries giving you a ton of choice. We found the Albion Hotel value for money with a lovely rump steak dinner for $9.90 with a drink purchase and if you don't mind a bit of noise the Edinburgh Castle Hotel do a good schnitzel even at 9pm at night.
Paddy's market and Market City are only 10 minutes walk away, Darling Harbour is about the same and Circular Quay is about 20minutes walk away.
We bought ourselves a weekly 'Multi 1' ticket for $41 each and this took us every where we wanted to go. Circular Quay and the Rocks (the markets are huge on Saturday and Sunday) is only 2 stops away on the train and to go to the Paddington markets on a Saturday take the train to Museum (4 stops away) and catch a bus just outside the station and go down Oxford Street. Catch the ferry to Manly for breakfast on a Sunday and visit the Manly markets (many of the same stalls from the Paddington markets) or take the ferry to Watson's Bay and have fish and chips sitting under a Morton Bay Fig tree. We took a ride on the ferry up to Parramatta and back just for the ride. All this for the price of our tickets, that is better value than the $20 one day ticket and a lot cheaper than going on a cruise around the harbour.
Sydney is a great place for a holiday and my husband can highly recommed the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb.
The Medina is certainly a place we would go back to especially if we can get a great deal like we had this time. If we had to pay full price I am not sure I would.
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