The location for television programs like Bondi Rescue, Bondi Vet and Australian home renovation series 'The Block', Bondi Beach, Bondi beach is one of the most iconic beaches in the world. Stretching 1 kilometres, it is also the end point of Sydney's annual 14km City to Surf Fun Run in August, Sculpture by the Sea in November and countless Christmas bashes in December.
With so much happening in Bondi Beach, it's no wonder the area attracts many visitors throughout the year. Add to these the white sands, cowabunga surf, celebrity lifeguards, street-side shopping, lively cafes, bars and restaurants, infamous iceberg swimming club and Bondi-to-Bronte cliff top walk, and you have a winning location for a great weekend escape.
You can't beat Hotel Bondi on location. It's just right conveniently opposite Bondi Beach so I could get a tan, jump into the surf and be back in my room in less than 5 minutes to clean up, change and hit the strip.
It is walking distance to everything including the main shopping area of Hall Street, which includes boutiques, a couple of bargain stores, bookshops and newsagents. If you're into body surfing or surfing, there are shops nearby where you can rent or purchase a boogie board, surfboards and the right clothes.
There is a local bus stop right out the hotel that will take you to Bondi Junction, the regional shopping centre for the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney and where all the major international and local branded retail stores are located. From Bondi Junction, it's just a train ride into Sydney city.
It's a far cry from the rooms in Westin Sydney or Sheraton Mirage on the Gold Coast but my room was clean and comfortable and equipped with a colour TV, ensuite and tea and coffee making facilities. Expect small beds and even smaller bathrooms. The windows and balcony open to receive the cool sea breezes as well as the ruckus from the downstairs restaurant and bar at night.
Costing from AUD110 per night, they provide affordable and decent stays with great views of the beach, ocean and multitudes having a good time. The best part of the stay is being able to wake up at dawn and watch the sun rise out of the sea and the promenade getting busy with locals on their morning jogs. Would be great to see a rainbow arching over the beach similar to one in Sydney.
The ground floor of Hotel Bondi contains a bistro, beer garden, bottle shop and pokies venue that is popular for its value-for-money feed. Local favourites include the Meat Platter for 2 and Balkan Specialties like Chevapis, Raznijcici and Pola Pola. It is also an excellent place for a quick Pizza during the day, instead of the crowded and pricey surrounding Italian restaurants. If you're bored of in-dining, there are some 102 cafes, take-aways and restaurants close to Bondi Beach. The big three clubs at the beach are the North Bondi RSL, the Icebergs at South Bondi and the Bondi Bowling Club. Unfortunately I was informed by the local council that there are no old-fashioned tea rooms, home style cafes or milk bars.