Updated: May 22, 2018
Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour – styled like a motel in a superb location, and has some updates on the way.
This sprawling hotel dominates one part of Darling Harbour, an inner-city area renowned for its extensive choice of places to eat, drink and shop. The Pyrmont View rooms face the suburbs, not the harbour, but are large enough for two double beds, so they are ideal for families. The décor is functional, and features the latest gadgets and some lovely old photos, but owners of the hotel (built in 1991) realise that these rooms need some ‘refreshing’, which is underway in 2018. The Executive Darling Harbour View rooms are larger, but otherwise only the outlooks differ. The windows in some rooms are not as extensive as they could be, and the pool is disappointingly small, similar to the sort found in a suburban home. The artificial grass doesn’t make it any more appealing, but the floodlit tennis court is a rare attraction.
Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour – The Basics
- Location: In the middle of Darling Harbour, with the main entrance along Murray Street to the back.
- Guests: Primarily for anyone on holidays, and especially good for families.
- Pets: Not allowed.
- Views: About half the rooms have views of Darling Harbour, while the others face the suburban streets.
- Wi-Fi Internet: $25 per day but complimentary for members (and joining is free).
- Parking: Underneath the hotel at A$59 per day.
- Phone: 9288 7180
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: www.novoteldarlingharbour.com.au
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates. Use the website specific to your language, currency, and home-country for easiest use: UK • USA • Français • Deutsch • Nederlands.
Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour – Amenities
- Pool: Outdoor, undercover and small.
- Spa: None.
- Fitness Center: The In Balance gym is a little undersized, but has an outdoor section and all the latest equipment.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None.
Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour – Food and Drink
- Restaurants & Bars: The Ternary Restaurant & Bar is relaxed, popular and airy. Offers extensive views and ‘wok and wine’, with an emphasis on modern Asian cuisine. • Pimm’s Pop-up at the Ternary Terrace is a long name for a small bar. Tremendous views and convivial atmosphere. Light meals also available.
- Breakfast: An extra A$30 for buffet breakfast.
- Room Service: Available 24 hours.
Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour – Rooms
- Room Types: Pyrmont View • Superior City Skyline View • Executive Darling Harbour View • Junior Suites • Loft Suites
- Smoking Rooms: By Australian law, smoking is forbidden within hotel buildings.
- Best Room: On the top floor for the finest views, the twin-level Loft Suites have one or two bedrooms, as well as a bar and conference-style desk.
Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour – What’s Nearby?
Nearby Restaurants & Bars
There is so much to choose from in Darling Harbour including:
- Blue Fish – superb seafood with outdoor waterside setting. 6-minute walk.
- Olivo Restaurant – pasta and seafood, perfect for people-watching. 6-minute walk.
- Harbour Bar & Kitchen – barbeque ribs, spit-roasted beef and happy hours. 7-minute walk.
- Zaaffran – classy Indian, with balcony for harbour views. 6-minute walk.
- Sorenzo Contemporary Japanese – waterside views, classy service and a set menu. 6-minute walk.
Darling Harbour is linked to the city centre by light rail, but this has limited connections. Otherwise, stroll across the footbridge (10 minutes) for train stations in the city centre.