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Published March 16th 2015
Apartments that are reasonably priced and spacious
It had been a busy time recently and we had the opportunity to get away for one night to gather our energies again. We were surprised to find that accommodation in Sydney CBD was fully booked so we looked further afield and decided that Adina Apartments at Norwest would be ideal.
When I entered the foyer of the Adina, I was impressed with the colour and style of furniture. The staff at reception were friendly and very helpful. This was a wonderful welcome for us to get away and chill. We took the lift to level five and walked past another inviting area to sit and relax. Colourful artworks adorned the walls, couches looked too beautiful to sit on (ahh, but I did and they were lovely), large decorative mirrors embellished the walls and some interesting figurines stood sentinel as guests passed.
We arrived to our spacious one bedroom apartment, having upgraded from a studio. We booked through Wotif, $174 for the night, which included the upgrade. Once again, we were pleasantly surprised by the mood of the interior. The Adina Apartments enjoy colour and the walls had vivid displays of wall hangings.
The hallway led past the clean kitchenette to a comfortable lounge area with a TV and a small patio outside. There was no mesmerising view from the patio, but it was refreshing to sit outdoors in the fresh air.
We decided to visit the hotel's outdoor pool. As we entered the pool area, my husband and I chuckled. We envisioned a large modern poolscape that had a sculpted smooth circular resort look about it, one that we could swim a few laps. The reality was a simple rectangular pool that resembled one you would find in a suburban backyard. The pool area was clean, it didn't reek of chlorine smell and there were lounges and umbrellas. It wasn't a large poo,l but it was adequate to swim in and relax around the edge of the pool.
Our room at night was quiet and comfortable. Adina Apartments would be a cheaper option for families of younger children and there were family groups staying here, mainly with babies and children under six. For teenagers, though, one night would be their limit. The pool would keep them busy for a short time and there is the Sydney Ice Arena nearby. The gorgeous lake, which the Ice Arena and the numerous cafes and restaurants overlook, is five minutes away. We ate at IL Lago that night overlooking the lake and had breakfast the next day at Twenty Two Café Bar and Grill, which is located within the hotel. The service and the food were fabulous.
If you are after a quieter escape away from the city and a cheaper alternative, consider the Adina Apartments.