Saturday, 7 September 2013

accomodation: sydney australia, goldsbrough apartments

For stays of more than a few days, we have found that it can be more economical and 'liveable' to stay in hotel apartments.   We had a 3 night stay in Sydney staying at the Oaks Goldbrough Apartments in Darling Harbour.  We loved it!  Everything seemed to be close by or an easy commute.
The building from the light rail station.
Harbourside Shopping Centre just behind us.
We stayed in a two bedroom apartment that was fully self-contained including linen.  The rate at the time of our stay was around the same as an average hotel in a similar area. The apartment was on two levels. Not so good perhaps with a baby or toddler, but brilliant for children old enough to negotiate stairs.  There is a heated swimming pool and spa for year round use.  The building is joined to a covered walkway which takes you to the metro and light rail (3 mins walk max). Another few minutes of walking and you are at the Harbourside Shopping Complex (loads of restaurants) and Maritime Museum (great for kids).  Within (child) walking distance is parks, an Imax Cinema (with the worlds largest screen) and a ferry stop (every 15mins) that takes you under the Harbour Bridge, past Lunar Park, to the Opera House.
The kitchen was a decent size.
All you would need to cook for a family.
Comfy (according to our 7yo) single beds.
Loads of storage.
We appreciated being able to do laundry.
Who would have thought!
Spacious bathrooms (compared to hotels).
Not spottlesly clean and starting to age a bit,
but certainly very useable.
Two bathrooms upstairs and 1 downstairs.
The master bedroom.
Such a shame I waited until leaving to take photos!  
I think at least one of these was a sofa bed.  
Getting there:  We took a taxi from the airport as with a family of three it was only marginally more ($45AUD) than the train.   However, it is very straightforward to get a light train from central station and as mentioned only a few minutes to the apartments.

Extra costs: WiFi could be purchased as could movies.  Free to air tv plus some free Fox channels.  Breakfast obviously is not included.

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