A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Published September 6th 2012
Relax amidst the action with good facilities
The Oaks Goldsbrough Sydney is in one of the best locations in Sydney CBD, right in the centre of Darling Harbour, amidst trendy chocolate cafes, hip bars and fine dining restaurants. It is also walking distance to atmospheric Cockle Bay, King Street Wharf and Haymarket, famous for Chinatown.
Usually a favourite with busy company executives on short term stays or business, conference and event guests, the Oaks Goldsbrough is also perfect for families wanting self-contained accommodation, so they can self-cater for breakfast or lunch if they feel like it.
An apartment will provide more space for families, making their stay more comfortable. Toiletries are included with the stay. An apartment will also allow you the comforts of wearing freshly laundered clothes as they come equipped with laundry facilities. If you are working during your holiday, there are secretarial services, including a photocopier and facsimile. The apartments are so comfortable that a few units have been sold to long term residents working and studying in Sydney.
Most tourists would spend almost every meal in nearby restaurants, spoilt by choice by the array of food variety in Sydney but sometimes, travellers crave for simple, healthy home-cooked meals and an apartment is the perfect place to stay to keep your options open. I am not much of a vegetable lover but I find that when I am travelling, I become a true convert.
The Oaks Goldsbrough is equipped with an indoor pool, spa and sauna for relaxation after a hard day shopping and sight-seeing. If you are into optimum fitness and exercise, there is also a gym available. There is a cafe at the ground level if you are too tired to walk to the nearby Darling Harbour restaurants and a 24 hour concierge in case you need to check out for an early flight or bus ride. Central Station is only a mere 10 minutes away.
The hotel is not the newest, in fact it is an old historical building which used to be a woolshed, but it makes up for it in convenience. Take a leisurely stroll to the Harbourside Shopping Complex or ride the monorail around the immediate city area. There is a covered walkway to the Convention and Exhibition Centre. You can also walk to Chinatown to visit the Chinese garden and sample the local Asian cuisine. If you have the sudden urge to whip up a Masterchef-style meal, visit Paddy's Market to buy fresh vegetables, fruits, seafood and meat for a very reasonable price.
When checking in, ask for a room on one of the higher floors as the view is magnificent, especially in the night time. Stare out at the sparkly lights and watch the cars zoom by in the bustling city while you plan the next day's itinerary.
A studio apartment with a self-contained balcony, king bed, kitchen, laundry, work desk and LCD TV costs around $119 to $154 a night and a 1 bedroom apartment with a queen bed, separate lounge room, work desk, full kitchen facilities with microwave and dishwasher, laundry, internet access and LCD TV with Foxtel costs around $132 - $174 a night. All rooms are non-smoking and parking is available in the Public Car Park at a cost of $25.00 per 24 hours or per exit, whichever comes first.
Our family of 5 stayed there. It was the cheapest, reasonable inner city Sydney accomodation we could get. Very convenient. Only drawback, the airconditioning is not as cool as you would have expected. Totally undercover to the monorail