We’ve previously reviewed the Qantas First lounge in Melbourne, the Qantas Hong Kong lounge, as well as reported on a Qantas First flight from Dallas to Sydney. Continuing our tour of Qantas’ flagship global offerings, we report on the Qantas First lounge in Sydney. Entering the lounge, one first passes a (very friendly) bouncer, before walking past a living wall and large area of space which could probably have been used more productively.
We recently reviewed the Holiday Inn Sydney Darling Harbour, which is partially built into an historic Victorian woolstore. We note with interest that in late 2014 the hotel embarked on a multi-million dollar project, demolishing its above ground car parking and converting that space into another 24 hotel rooms and ‘family suites’. The project was expected to be finished in mid Februrary. The (approved) Development Application can be see on the City of Sydney’s website. Interestingly, it details the history of the hotel. Circa 1997 the hotel already converted some of its parking into a number of hotel rooms and…
The Holiday Inn Sydney Darling Harbour is conveniently located in Sydney’s Chinatown, close to a number of excellent eateries serving all kinds of Asian cuisine. It is also within walking distance of Darling Harbour, Sydney’s most famous tourist trap.
Air New Zealand’s Sydney lounge had a terrible reputation for many years. Finally, Air New Zealand has decided to do something about it. The lounge was closed for a complete renovation on 1 November 2014. In the interim, Air New Zealand have opened a temporary lounge that we expect could easily take the title of most crowded airline lounge in the world.
The InterContinental Sydney is running a promotion on its page on Facebook. Customers can register for the offer on its Facebook page and then call the hotel to reserve a rate to stay 2 nights for the price of 1 (based on best flexible rate) for stays through 13 January 2015. The rate is to be equal for Flexible Rate which is as low as AU$269 including tax. Based on this, the promo rate would run as low as AU$134.50 a night. We expect this rate would post as non-qualifying for the purposes of IHG Rewards Club.
The opening of the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay was long awaited by frequent visitors to Sydney, partially because it would be the city’s only five star hotel in the suburbs. In our first post we provided initial impressions of the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay, and in particular its club lounge. This post looks at the rooms at the hotel. As a new property that is still finding its feet with regard to service, we have not commented on that in this post.
American Express has opened its first Australian lounge. While it is small (‘cozy’) and a long way from being the best offering at this particular airport, its very existence is a true step forward for credit card holders in Australia. The lounge is located at Sydney’s International Terminal (SYD T1) and is operated for AMEX by Plaza Premium.
The hotel at 33 Cross St, Double Bay, Sydney had been sitting empty and in disrepair for some time. It was announced last year that it would be extensively renovated and open as an InterContinental in early 2014. Early 2014 came and went. Finally in November 2014, the hotel opened for guests. Despite the brand name, it is a small hotel at 140 rooms (contrast 509 rooms at the InterContinental in downtown Sydney). Construction adjacent to the property hasn’t yet finished. The arcade below the property still noticeably under construction and now houses Saké, a ‘contemporary Japanese restaurant’. The hotel…