Holiday Inn Old Sydney (leaving on January 14, 2020)

Old Mar 15, 2012, 7:48 pm
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Has anyone stayed there using points? We are platinum members so wonder if they give upgrades. We will be staying there for 4 days at the end of January,2013 with another couple. We are all in our 60s so don't mention the bridge walk. Any good ways to get from the airport? Any info would be great.
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Old Mar 16, 2012, 12:06 am
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Originally Posted by slovak1
Has anyone stayed there using points? We are platinum members so wonder if they give upgrades. We will be staying there for 4 days at the end of January,2013 with another couple. We are all in our 60s so don't mention the bridge walk. Any good ways to get from the airport? Any info would be great.
if you can get 4 into a cab it would be almost cheaper than the train to circular quay its about a 5 minute walk from there.
Im there over new years eve the view from the pool is pretty good.
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Old Mar 16, 2012, 7:22 am
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Stayed in February on points - got upgraded to a corner room which was quite big.

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Old Mar 16, 2012, 9:32 am
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Stayed twice on points as a plat
1) corner room and a bottle of red wine
2) NYE, harbour view room
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Old Mar 16, 2012, 12:18 pm
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Stayed 7 nights on points in 2010. Upgraded to a corner room.
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Old Mar 16, 2012, 1:20 pm
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Stay twice there on points.

Last time was during the illumination festival called Vivid Sydney that is held in each May.

I requested an Opera House view room and got it. The room was at the "attic" level of the hotel - there are only a few of them. Room is small but with a floor to ceiling inclined window. The view of opera house was magical with the continuously changing colors/patterns created by the laser light. It totally compensated the smallish size of the room.

http://benism.wordpress.com/2011/05/...d-sydney-2011/
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Old Mar 16, 2012, 1:35 pm
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stayed as a combination of points and paid nights in February 2011, got upgraded to a high floor room with a view of the Sydney Opera House without asking (Priority Club Gold).

if you take the train from the airport, it drops you off at circular quay and the walk from the station to the hotel is short, but annoying if you have luggage. with four people, as mentioned before, you should come out about even with the cost of the train. however, the train is probably more reliable during rush hour.
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Old Mar 16, 2012, 3:37 pm
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Thanks for all the replies. I will go ahead soon and book the rooms on points and hopefully get a great room. We will be flying in from Tahiti via Auckland so probably won't want to be doing the train. I think we'll bite the bullet and take a cab or cabs.

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Old Mar 17, 2012, 4:14 am
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There is an airport minivan shuttle service but since there are four of you the cab would be cheaper...though cabs down there are so tiny not sure they could hold four with luggage! The shuttle can get gotten from the information desk in the international terminal, or booked online (though can't recall the exact name of the service at the moment...check airport web site for links). Can also be booked a day ahead for pickup.
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Old May 3, 2012, 2:42 am
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hi
having spent a week at the magical IC Bora Bora last month im booking my next holiday!
i am travelling to australia for 3 weeks (booked flights last night) and am booked for 5 nights on points for new year (29th dec to 3rd jan) . a bargain at 25,000 points ( $150 ) a night at that time of year.
im a platinum ambassador ( not royal ) so not sure what i will get as its a points stay and the hotel will be fully booked im sure for my stay

as im touring round australia what other hotels do you highly recommend in the IHG chain in Australia?
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Old Jul 23, 2012, 2:52 pm
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What are the better rooms at this hotel
anyone got numbers?
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Old Jul 23, 2012, 5:21 pm
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Originally Posted by WEEBOBBY
hi
having spent a week at the magical IC Bora Bora last month im booking my next holiday!
i am travelling to australia for 3 weeks (booked flights last night) and am booked for 5 nights on points for new year (29th dec to 3rd jan) . a bargain at 25,000 points ( $150 ) a night at that time of year.
im a platinum ambassador ( not royal ) so not sure what i will get as its a points stay and the hotel will be fully booked im sure for my stay

as im touring round australia what other hotels do you highly recommend in the IHG chain in Australia?
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We stayed at a few HI around Australia. We stayed in the one in Brisbane on Roma. It was wonderful since we had been at the Crocodile Hunters Zoo and were parched. On Thursday, I think, they have a manager's reception with free drinks. I think my husband and I had 3 beers each and it was certainly quenching. We walked down this pedestrian bridge to a bar/restaurant and for $10Aus we got a steak dinner but had to buy a beer. It was a deal but we didn't need any more beer. They had slot machines there as well. We liked it.

Next we were have on another trip we stayed at the CP Pelican Waters which is close to Brisbane and the Zoo. That was on a pointbreaks. Not much of an upgrade even though it was a Sunday night and everyone had gone home. Beautiful pool.

We stayed in Melbourne at the one on Flinders. It was really close to the free bus around Melbourne. We liked it. We had driven into another one by mistake and I think it was the Crown Plaza. Now that one was really stupendous looking. My husband was so disappointed when we had to look for the correct hotel.

In Perth the hotels around the casino look good but we hated the casino. They have some weird machines. We didn't stay at any.

We stayed at the one in Townsville. The weather was horrible but the hotel was great. The one in Cairns is in a pretty good spot for doing touring. We have stayed in Surfers Paradise but never at a HI. I would look for one on the beach.
That is everything there. From looking at the site it looks like only CP are there.

Have you ever gotten one of those passes for Sydney. There is one for Melbourne and we loved it.
http://seesydneypass.iventurecard.co...t-attractions/
Message me if you have any questions. We are going to Tahiti in January and doing a cruise. I've booked the IC for pre and post stays.
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Old Dec 23, 2012, 6:19 pm
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Stayed here around Thanksgiving over the weekend.

The location was great at The Rocks. Easy walk to the ferry terminal and the bus station. Just across from the Opera House and near the Harbour Bridge.

The hotel itself left much more to be desired. I was upgraded as a Platinum to a corner room of the street. Nothing special, except slightly bigger TV and desk area. No free breakfast, which was really surprised about. But considering how expensive Sydney is generally, seems on par as to not to offer more than required. In that sense, platinum was nothing but for a name. Bed was comfortable, and shower was good. Front desk helped out with some printouts we needed. No free internet either, about $22 AUD or so per 24 hours.

Overall, I would not stay here again as an elite with multiple hotel chains. Should have picked the Marriott a few blocks inwards. Free breakfast and internet for Plats. For a non-frequent traveler, its a good hotel. Just outside the side entrance of the hotel, is an excellent cafe for breakfast and snacks. Guylian's coffee shop another block away.






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Old Dec 25, 2012, 4:41 pm
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No free breakfast, which was really surprised about.
Overall, I would not stay here again as an elite with multiple hotel chains. Should have picked the Marriott a few blocks inwards. Free breakfast and internet for Plats. For a non-frequent traveler, its a good hotel. Just outside the side entrance of the hotel, is an excellent cafe for breakfast and snacks. Guylian's coffee shop another block away.
Why surprise? Free breakfast was NEVER a WRITTEN platinum benefit. Few hotels in US do give free breakfast which is generous. But it does not mean every hotel should give you free breakfast. If you want breakfast you could have booked Advance Purchase with Breakfasts at a minimal added cost.

Marriott is more expensive (in general) and platinum is more difficult to achieve. Maybe you should stick with Marriott or Hilton which gave free breakfasts to elites.
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Old Dec 27, 2012, 8:49 pm
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Originally Posted by chongcao
Why surprise? Free breakfast was NEVER a WRITTEN platinum benefit. Few hotels in US do give free breakfast which is generous. But it does not mean every hotel should give you free breakfast. If you want breakfast you could have booked Advance Purchase with Breakfasts at a minimal added cost.
I agree its not a published benefit, but never been to a HI without a free breakfast or internet - hence the surprise. My point is there really is nothing worth being Platinum about at this hotel, IMO.

I would also recommend others to check for the AP rates w/ breakfast included, if so inclined, but it's not available for a redemption, as mine was.

Originally Posted by chongcao
Marriott is more expensive (in general) and platinum is more difficult to achieve. Maybe you should stick with Marriott or Hilton which gave free breakfasts to elites.
Probably will with 0 points earned with PC in 2012 Certainly not because of free breakfast as I do not value it much (prefer local establishments), but do value overall hotel ambiance, lounge access, internet, etc. (which may in-turn yield a free breakfast). In my case, SPG, Marriott, Hilton, or Hyatt seem more fitting than PC, which is the reason for my switch away from PC.
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