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Old Jan 31, 00, 10:10 pm
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Does anyone have any opinion (good or bad) about the Hilton Sydney? How about the Hilton Sydney compared to the new Westin Sydney? I've never been to Sydney, and I have a long stay planned ahead. Thanks in advance for any comments.
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Old Feb 1, 00, 8:23 am
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I like the Park Hyatt Sydney. If you have a long stay, why not repack a couple of times and stay at a few different locations. This will help you visit the city and really see the different areas, and there really are some.

I like the Hyatt because it is down at the water, near the opera house and lots of transportation..pubs...food...shopping. A couple nights up in the Kings Cross area will give you that "hollywood,ca" diversity and is close to the Tolerance Museum and some other walk up places.

Do plan some tours if you can Australian Pacific Tours offers a fair price and great quality.
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Old Feb 1, 00, 10:28 am
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We just spent a weekend (Friday-Sunday, jan-21-23) at the Sydney InterContinental and paid AUD275 for the first night, second night free with the SCCS-free-weekend-night-voucher, including huge buffet breakfast, and a room with a breathtaking sight: Opera House and bridge - a sight that made Gisela open all window curtains for the whole stay! This hotel, vis--vis the botanic garden is in 5 minutes walking distance from the Opera House and in mid-downtown.

To explore (some of) Sydney in just one day we did book a very convenient 24 hours Sydney Explorer ticket: get off and reboard these sight-seeing-buses on 24 different stops as you please (they run every 15 minutes): costs AUD28. They also offer a similar exploring ticket for the Bay area - or a two day twin ticket for both.
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Old Feb 1, 00, 12:22 pm
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The Westin is in a great location close to everything. It is Brand New. I think they have the new Heavenly Beds which are soooooo nice . The staff are well trained and are still very outgoing.
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Old Feb 1, 00, 4:13 pm
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The Hilton is a classic international hotel up by the Town Hall and a central location for walking over to Darlington Harbour (or taking the monorail which stops right out the door) or down to the Harbour. It is the oldest of all these properties, and thus offers a certain character the new ones don't. The Marble Bar in the basement is also one of the early must-see spots in the Sydney of the pre-1980s. From the upper floors, and particularly the Executive Floor (maybe its a Towers Floor now, it's been 8-years since I've been down under!), the views of the city are great.

Stayed at the InterConti as well many times, and it is smaller and closer to the main ferry harbour, the Rocks, and the famous bridge and opera house. I think of Sydney as a great walking city -- or a quick hop onto the subway -- so most of these hotels are well located. (By the way Rudi, I used one of those SCC weekend night certificates in Paris last June, and was charged for the breakfast on the day of the free night, even though it was part of deal on the paid night.) The InterConti also had an arrival lounge for those getting into the city on early morning flights. When rooms are not ready (and few are at 8 am), I've been offered access to this lounge and complete shower and dressing facilities. A very thoughtful service in the days when airlines didn't offer arrival lounges.

Also enjoyed staying at the now less prestigeous Hyatt at Kings Cross. (Is it is still operating as a Hyatt?) This hotel had great views of the city from the Regency Club Lounge -- and all the rooms I stayed in -- and I must have stayed on the Regency Club floor a dozen times through the 80s, always made pleasant by the staff.

However, I always found the much lauded Regent much less than it was made out to be. The rooms were small and the walls so thin I could hear the water running through pipes at all hours.

The Sheraton Wentworth -- not a Sheraton any more, I believe -- was another hotel I liked staying at, though it always felt a bit claustrophobic given its tight location amid the city's office towers. Like the Hilton, it had this very cosmopolitan, international traveller character to it back in the 80s.

I'd go back to the Hilton (the city centre not the airport one) to see how it's standing up to the competition. But I think the Exec floor made much of the impression on me, making up for the somewhat smallish rooms. And as a member of the then-Hilton Club, there were always little extras offered up at all of Hilton's Australian properties: bottles of wine, fruit trays, chocolates. And a personal escort by the assistant manager or other such official, which I still get with SCC at Inter Contis.

The quality of all hotel staff down under at the major chains is far better than you'll find in most North American locations. Their standard has always been the great hotels of Asia. Actually, what you're having to cope with is an embarrassment of riches, which makes Sydney one of the best hotel cities in the world, albeit also one of the most expensive!

Have a great trip, wherever you stay.
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Old Sep 30, 00, 1:59 am
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UA FA dies after 21 story fall from Sydney Hilton.

UA FA dies after 21 story fall from Sydney Hilton. It appears to have been a suicide.

Woman "fell" from 29th floor and landed on pool roof at 8th floor.

Inner and outer windows of her room had been forced open according to today's "Daily Telegraph".

Woman was part of the UA flight crew who were on my flight #815 LAX-SYD earlier this week. So sad .... most I spoke to were so excited about being here with some layover time to see Olympic Games events in the last week. In fact several told me they had "bid" for this route way back to ensure their timing for the Olympics.

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Old Oct 3, 00, 9:17 pm
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This is terriable. I have never heard this news. I wonder why the FA would do this.

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Old Oct 30, 00, 3:13 am
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Hilton Sydney


Im thinking of staying there for 1 or 2 nights. Any comments ?? Thanks.




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Old Oct 30, 00, 5:58 am
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Location, Location, Location.

The hotel is overall is nice. We stayed on Towers floor and rooms were very small. Lounge staff were very helpful and full of personality.

Supposedly the rooms on the lower floors were not so great.

At any rate, I'd say go with the HH if you have status with them.

Otherwise, there are plenty other similar hotels with good location nearby.
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Old Oct 30, 00, 4:14 pm
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Old and tired. Must be a 40 year old property now.

Location is good of course. So is Sheraton Park, or Westin in the old GPO opened only a year or so back. And the million other ***** opened in time for Olympics!

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Old Oct 31, 00, 6:17 pm
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I stayed there in March of this year. It was fine -- and they have a good executive floor. However, if I had to do it over again, I would stay at the Westin. The Westin looks cleaner and newer, and it is closer to the water. The Hyatt on the water is also nice.
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Old Nov 1, 00, 4:18 am
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The Hyatt on the water is also nice.
Is without doubt THE best sited hotel in Sydney. RIGHT on the Harbour at The Rocks, under the Bridge. Most rooms look at the Opera House. Also this is THE place to eat around that general area for when you take me to that dinner you owe me. .

Gaucho ... the boss is paying (?) ... go for the location and VIEW!

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Old Nov 1, 00, 10:36 pm
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OZ, Ive been trying to get a room at the Park Hyatt for 5 weeks now but to no avail.... so, which of the Starwoods should I book myself into...???


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Old Nov 1, 00, 10:42 pm
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The location is excellent.. I stayed there back in June for 1 night. I didn't get upgraded to anything for a HH Gold member.
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Old Nov 2, 00, 9:36 am
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A few of us stayed there twice in March on a low rate. We (both are Diamonds) were upgradesd to the Exective Floor which has a nice lounge with a great view of the city. I agree that the staff at the lounge was very friendly and cloorful.

I'd stay there again!
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