Stayed at the York for NYE 2010. Wasn't sure about the serviced apartment style but finding a reasonably priced room is quite difficult in Sydney for the New Year.
Check-in was simple. Stayed on a 7th floor studio. The room was quite spacious and clean. It had a balcony with a sitting table but we only had a view of the office building in front of us. Left the balcony door open once or twice to turn the A/C off - there is a lot of road noise. We found the kitchen fully equipped and functional, we had breakfast in the room every morning after stocking up at a nearby supermarket. There is no divide between the kitchen and the bedroom so the noise of the fridge compressor was noticeable at night. The bathroom was also large and functional. In general, the room was comfortable for a 5 night stay (and I am fairly picky). It is listed as 4 star (probably by Aussie standards) yet it would be 3 star in most places. Some aspects of the room could be updated (closets, washer/ dryer, radio) but none were any major issue.
Location is a major plus. If you don't mind walking you can get to most of the tourist sites in 10-15 minutes. Walked to Darling Harbour for a NYE cruise with the wife in heels with no issue. Circular Quay, the Rocks, the Opera house and shopping on George and Pitt street are also short walks.
There is no hotel restaurant/ bar but it wasn't an issue. The Japanese restaurant in the same building was good quality an price. Loads of eating choices within a short walk. There is a small gym and pool area was small but well done, although it doesn't get sunlight all through the day.
Good base to get and see wonderful Sydney at a decent price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The York by Swiss-Belhotel is located in the heart of the CBD offering a combination of Studio 1 and 2 Bedroom Apartments. Each apartment offers a spacious living area, fully equipped kitchen, 1 or 2 bathrooms, laundry facilities and balconies. Most apartments have views that extend to the City SkyLine, and the Executive Apartments overlook Sydney Harbour Foreshore*.*Views are not uninterrupted ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The York By Swiss-Belhotel Hotel Sydney
- York Apartment Hotel
- York Apartment Sydney
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