I checked into this hotel after the long flight from Amsterdam. Welcome greeting was predictably friendly, quick and efficient ... much appreciated after being awake for more than 24 hours.
The rooms at the Mercure are what one would expect for a 4* property (mine was on the 5th floor); comfortable and adequately furnished without being luxurious. The bed was comfortable enough; there is a desk chair plus a lounging chair ... something of a luxury itself in many hotels that assume the desk chair could be used for lounging ! Bathroom facilities are standard but adequate with everything one needs and a quite amazing twin shower-head arrangement, something I have never before encountered anywhere in the world, but which was superbly pleasurable.
Television service is on the minimalist side with fewer channels than I usually hope for, but after a long flight frankly it didn't bother me. My tiny gripe is that for the room-charge being levied, the Mercure does not provide a free bottle or two of water for its guests. Everything is there for a price but frankly it annoys me that for the sake of a buck or two, the hotel doesn't make this available. Yes there's a large bottle of Evian water at a price, but compared with the freebie at hotels around the world, I wonder why Accor don't provide this. Oh, and I opted for tap water just to prove the point to myself !
I had breakfast on my departure morning and for the $25 cost, it was excellent compared with many other hotels. A wide selection from all the usual "Continental" choices through to hot food, fruits and breads, and all very tasty and fresh. On a cold and blustery morning, it certainly beats going outside in search of something cheaper, and the views from the hotel's 1st Floor restaurant are very pleasing.
All in all, a welcome though short stay in comfort at a very conveniently located hotel right next to Sydney Central railway station. Of course I will come back again, depending upon the room charges at the time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mercure Sydney's convenient location is the perfect place from which to explore Sydney's major attractions, making it the perfect choice when travelling for both business and leisure. Boasting 517 modern contemporary accommodation rooms over 14 floors, these rooms have been designed for guests requiring a combination of convenience and comfort. Unique facilities include 24-hour room service, 24-hour indoor rooftop swimming pool, gym with air-conditioning, sauna, 2 restaurants and secure parking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mercure Sydney Hotel Sydney
- Accor Sydney