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Published November 1st 2017
Top value at five star boutique hotel
The magnificent harbourside of Sydney, the tempting wine region of Newcastle or the spectacular panoramic Blue Mountains, are often thought as the place to go for an enjoyable weekend away. Hotel prices, though, can preclude many from visiting these areas. In considering options for a weekend break, I discovered the burgeoning Parramatta region with new hotels, restaurants, shops and apartments creating a vertical village in Australia's second oldest city. I chose Skye Hotel Suites for its new and modern accommodation and it wasn't far to travel for a weekend. The price for the room and breakfast was the deciding factor ($225 per night).
Skye Hotel Suites, owned by Crown Group which is not to be confused with Crown Resorts, is the first five-star boutique hotel in Parramatta. Skye has 72 holiday apartments plus over 400 apartments for permanent residents. The reception area is light and spacious with a large floral arrangement towering centre stage.
After check-in, we arrived on the third floor to our one bedroom suite. The apartment is fresh and the furniture is modern. The sizeable two seater and one seater sofas are firm but comfortable. There is a dining table with two chairs, an attractive coffee table, a fascinating lamp and stand as well as simple table decorations to add interest to the living room.
The well-stocked kitchen has all the conveniences that one would wish for in their own home including a stovetop, dishwasher, Nespresso machine and Dilmah Silver Jubilee tea. When my coffee-loving husband attempted to use the Nespresso, he discovered the cups in the kitchen were too large to fit. We were surprised by this quirk. He contacted staff and one member spent considerable time searching the hotel for a smaller cup to fit the machine. His diligence was commendable.
Near the discreetly hidden washing machine and dryer is a small study room with a sturdy couch and a table and chair. Adjacent to this room is the bedroom which contained a very comfortable king bed with an eye-catching wooden slat bedhead. Guests can request bedding preferences before arrival to ensure a firm or soft mattress and pillows. I found out about this later but I had a comfy sleep nonetheless. There is adequate space in the wardrobe which has a sensor light that turns on when sliding the door. Bathrobes were hanging inside and slippers were neatly stored underneath.
Leading off from the bedroom is the enclosed balcony with a small round table and two chairs. It was lovely sitting on the balcony reading a book or accessing their complimentary internet and looking out, even though the only view we had were offices directly across from our apartment plus a corner view of the 25-metre lap pool.
The bathroom is modern and stocked with L'Occitane products which were lovely. My only criticisms of the apartment were that the bathroom was small and the air-con switched on and off during the night as it adjusted temperatures, forcing us to get out of bed to manually adjust the temperature.
Once we deposited our luggage, we took the lift to level one and strolled past the gymnasium and sauna to the enticing pool. The pool area was a calm oasis in an urban environment. Several large lounges were dotted along one side of the lap pool. Decorative ponds with attractive greenery were positioned on the other side. The pool was slightly chilly but I managed two laps, which was impressive for a fitness-adverse individual. There were others in the spa and they commented that the spa could have been warmer.
A future attraction at Skye Hotel will be the Sky Bar, billed as Parramatta's highest bar, which is set to open later this year. It was a relaxing stay at Skye Hotel. We also visited their onsite restaurant, Husk & Vine Kitchen and Bar for dinner, then breakfast the next day. The meals were superb. I would definitely return to the Skye Hotel but next time, I would request a view over the pool area.