My husband and I were attending a business function in Wollongong, and decided to stay for the night and have our first night away from our small children. The function was at the WIN Entertainment centre, which is literally one minute's walk away from the hotel. The hotel is also only a couple of minutes' walk to Crown Street Mall. We chose a "Sweets and Scrubs" package, which included buffet breakfast, free parking and a late 12pm checkout (as well as some rocky road and bath accessories), and a balcony room. The whole experience was great.
My husband commented that the hotel room was 'like every other hotel room you've stayed in for business". This was actually a compliment, as the room was very modern, clean and comfortable, without being chintzy. It was a little bland but unless you're wanting a romantic weekend away, the room was big, the bed was super comfortable with crisp linen, and it had everything in it that you'd want. We were on the 11th floor so had a lovely balcony looking over the city. The buffet breakfast was, again, the standard hotel buffet with hot breakfast, patisserie options, fruit, yoghurt etc. But, again, unless you're expecting a luxury hotel experience, it was very very good. Lovely light and airy breakfast room with a view, with comfortable chairs and tables, and all the food was of a high standard, including the tea and coffee. There were also free newspapers available at reception all day.
The thing that really made our stay more than a normal hotel experience was the staff. From the minute we checked in to the minute we checked out, every staff member we encountered gave us big smiles, and genuinely warm greetings. This included all the reception staff, the staff in the breakfast room, and even the cleaning lady in the room opposite hours. When we arrived, we were running late for our function, but check in was completely smooth. The receptionist speeded things up, was really helpful with all the information we needed about the room, and offered to hold on to our spa package until we got back after the function. My husband was able to go and park while I was checking in, so we were on our way to the function within 3 minutes of me entering reception. Checking out the next day was a similarly easy and pleasant experience, with the receptionist very happy to chat to us about the weddings that were going on in the hotel that day.
All in all, I would highly recommend the Chifley if you're going for a few days in Wollongong - particularly for business. We will be staying there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sage Hotel Wollongong is a modern hotel located about an hours drive from Sydney on the scenic NSW South Coast. The hotel is situated on Wollongong's foreshore, adjacent to WIN Sports and Entertainment Centre and a short walk to Wollongong City Beach, vibrant restaurants and cafes, and fabulous shopping at Wollongong Central and Crown St Mall. ... more less
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