I stayed at The Grace Hotel for three nights. The first impression you get is the lobby with its beautifully restored Art Deco features. This lends an aura of old-world charm which is carried on throughout the hotel. The check-in procedure was quick and efficient.
Our room was a reasonable size, with a king-sized bed. The decor is quiet, inoffensive hotel-style decor, but looks quite fresh. The bathroom was large, with a shower but no bath. The lack of bath doesn't bother me really, and the shower was incredibly forceful, which is great on a cold Sydney morning. The bed was beautifully comfortable - soft but supportive.
The Grace is located a couple of minutes' walk away from Wynyard Station, and a few minutes' walk to Pitt Street Mall and the Queen Victoria Building. It's still a comfortable walk to Circular Quay and the Opera House. Darling Harbour is a similar walk in the opposite direction. The location is pretty central to what most people want if they're staying in Sydney.
Housed within the hotel is an Irish pub (I can't remember the name of it but you can't miss it), where they sell a great pint of Guinness at a reasonable price. The food looked interesting and affordable.
During the week you're spoilt for choice regarding coffee shops nearby, but they seemed to disappear at the weekend. A short stroll to Pitt Street Mall soon solved the caffeine cravings, though. There are also a number of fabulous looking pubs around The Grace which were open every night.
The Grace provides a buffet breakfast, which is quite pricey unless you book it the night before. It sounded fabulous but I didn't go for it this time. Maybe next time....
The Grace is a brilliant place to stay when visiting Sydney. It's classy, welcoming and comfortable and it's also in a great location.
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- Discover Sydney from its heart at The Grace Hotel and be steps away from Darling Harbour and King Street Wharf, plus the best shopping, theatres and entertainment on offer. Standing beautifully restored today, the heritage listed 4 1/2 star Grace Hotel offers warm, personalised service and a unique blend of Art Deco charm and contemporary elegance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sydney Grace Hotel
- Grace Hotel Sydney