Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour Hotel in Australia

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Updated: June 23, 2021

Essentials
• Location: Macquarie Street, East Circular Quay.
• Hotel website: pullmanquaygrandsydneyharbour.com
• Hotel phone: +61 (0)2 9256 4000
Check prices on Booking.com

Review of Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour Hotel.

Excellent harbor-side hotel with family-friendly rooms and a heated indoor pool just steps from the Sydney Opera House.

Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour – Faultless location, sublime views, and perfect for families.

Ideally positioned along a harbor-side path that leads to the iconic Opera House and is lined with classy bistros. The hotel lobby is at street-level on the third floor, with another entrance facing the water. The choice of rooms – called suites – is simple: one or two bedrooms, and facing the magical harbor or the magnificent Royal Botanic Gardens. Rooms are unfussy, feature fully-equipped kitchenettes, and lounge/dining areas, and the sofas can convert into double beds, making them ideal for families. Even better are the suites with two bedrooms that are located in a corner and offer double the views. All the balconies are pleasantly large. Alongside the heated indoor pool is a spacious area with lounge chairs providing more outstanding views. The location is impeccable: just steps from the Opera House, and only a little further to the historical Rocks area via Circular Quay, the hub for trains and ferries.

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Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour – The Location

  • Area: Along eastern Circular Quay, fronting the harbor and backing onto Macquarie Street.
  • Address: 61 Macquarie Street, East Circular Quay.
  • Nearest Transport: Bus – Circular Quay, Alfred St (250m), Tram – Circular Quay (200m), Ferry – Circular Quay (200m).
  • Handy to: Royal Botanic Garden, The Rocks, Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay.

Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour – The Basics

  • Guests: Excellent for everyone, especially families.
  • Pets: Not allowed.
  • Views: Views of the harbor from the front, or of the Botanic Gardens at a distance from the back.
  • Parking: Valet parking available for A$60 per day.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +61 (0)2 9256 4000
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: pullmanquaygrandsydneyharbour.com

Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour – Amenities

  • Pool: Indoors and heated, with superb views, but not that appealing for swimming.
  • Spa: Spa tubs and a sauna available.
  • Fitness Center: Fully-equipped, alongside the pool and open 24 hours.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None.

Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: Q Dining offers a refined harbor-side setting, with modern cuisine, chic décor, and extensive wine list.
  • Lounge/Bar: Hacienda Sydney is a vibrant meeting place, with sophisticated sipping and a glass wall for faultless viewing.
  • Breakfast: Some rates include breakfast. Otherwise, it costs A$30.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours.

Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour – Rooms

  • Room Types: Garden View or Harbour View Suites with one or two bedrooms • List of all Rooms
  • Smoking Rooms: By Australian law, smoking is forbidden within hotel buildings.
  • Best Room: The very spacious two-bedroom Harbour View suites are on the upper floors and in a corner for arguably the finest views anywhere in Sydney.

Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars

    The harbor-side path leading to the Opera House is lined with classy eateries, including:

  • Eastbank Café – Pleasingly affordable for pasta, meat, and oysters.
  • Buckley’s Sydney – Burgers, platters, and drinks in a spacious setting.
  • Searock Grill – Contemporary, with a focus on steak and seafood.
  • Portobello Caffe – Casual outdoor, with unparalleled views of the Harbour Bridge.
  • Sydney Cove Oyster Bar – Seafood with Asian influences in an informal waterside setting.

Local Transportation

  • About 200m from Circular Quay for trains and ferries across Sydney.

Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour – The Hotel

Location of Pullman Quay Hotel

On the ferry to Manly from Circular Quay, the views of the city skyline are magnificent.

Location of Pullman Quay Hotel near Circular Quay and Botanic Gardens

The hotel is at the northern end of old Macquarie Street, and squeezed between Circular Quay and the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Indoor Pool at Pullman Quay

The pool is large but indoors, so it inevitably smells of chlorine.

Stylish Pullman Quay Rooms

All rooms – called Suites – are elegant, comfortable and spacious.

Stylish Pullman Quay Rooms

Modern, elegant and spacious, the rooms are all nicely furnished, and feature a kitchenette.

Family-friendly Rooms at the Pullman Quay

In many of the rooms, the sofa can convert into an extra double bed, so they’re ideal for families.

Family-friendly Rooms at the Pullman Quay

Most of the sofas convert into beds, so they’re ideal for families.

Modern and Fashionable Room Furnishings

The furnishings are modern, without being overly fashionable.

Room Views fro the Pullman Quay Hotel

About half the rooms face the harbour, while the rest face the gardens to the back.

Circular Quay Views from Pullman Rooms

Views from some rooms face directly into Circular Quay, the hub for ferries across the harbour.

Extensive Harbour Views from the Pullman Quay Rooms

Many rooms offer extensive views along the harbour in all directions.

Extensive Views from the Pullman Quay Rooms

The hotel offers unobstructed views of the harbour to the front (west) and Royal Botanic Gardens to the back (east).

Bistros Around Pullman Quay Hotel

A few stylish eateries can also be found directly under the hotel.

Cafés with Harbour Views around the Pullman Quay

The area between the hotel and Sydney Opera House is packed with charming cafés offering wonderful views.

Location of the Pullman Quay Hotel

The hotel is at Circular Quay, the hub for inner-city trains and ferries across the harbour.

Pullman Hotel is located at classy Circular Quay

Circular Quay, where the hotel is located, is home to numerous high-rise office blocks and hotels, and chic waterside cafés.

Excellent connectivity from Circular Quay

Circular Quay is also the hub for local buses and trains, and home to the only ferry terminal in the city centre for services all over the harbour.

Cafés with Harbour Views around the Pullman Quay

One of many bistros along the path from the hotel to the Opera House is the Portobello Caffe.

Well-maintained old world charm of Sydney

The streets around this area of Sydney are sprinkled with wonderfully restored buildings from the 19th century.

Shopping in Queen Victoria Building

Just two train stops from Circular Quay (get off at Town Hall) is the Queen Victoria Building, rightly popular for the many elegant places to shop and eat.

Pullman Hotel is close to the Sydney Opera House

The hotel is only a one-minute walk from one of Australia’s most famous landmarks: the Sydney Opera House.

Iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge

Dominating the horizon in all directions is the legendary Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Exploring the harbour via ferry

The best way to appreciate Sydney’s magnificent harbour is by ferry. They leave from the terminal at Circular Quay, 200m from the hotel.

Ferry Terminal near Harbour Bridge and Opera House

Some take expensive harbour cruises, but the cheapest (and often best) way to explore the harbour is by public ferry.

Cafes and bars around The Rocks area

On the other side of Circular Quay, about 500m west of the hotel, is The Rocks. Site of the original Sydney town, many of the old buildings have been converted into cafés and bars.

Cafes and bars around The Rocks

The cobblestone paths around The Rocks area are lined with cafés and bars.

Exploring old Sydney at The Rocks

With so much history and so many marvellous views, wandering around The Rocks is a highlight of any visit to Sydney.

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