$117 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Jul 20, 2014 Check-out: Jul 22, 2014

Holiday Inn DARLING HARBOUR

4 stars
68 HARBOUR STREET, Sydney, NS 2000
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.9
out of 5
33 reviews
Very good location and service

Very good location in Darling Harbour, with Chinatown shops and restaurants right around the... See full review

  • BlackberryVeloce
  • Jan 4, 2010
Very good location and service

Very good location in Darling Harbour, with Chinatown shops and restaurants right around the... See full review

  • BlackberryVeloce
  • Jan 4, 2010
Kids eat free at this comfortable hotel close to Darling Harbour

Holiday Inn at Darling Harbour occupies the interiors of Sydney's former Wool Store with 346 quiet rooms and suites in the center of the action. The historic hotel is positioned close enough to wander by foot to Sydney's best attractions, including Darling Harbour, Chinatown, the buzzing entertainment center, plus public transportation to beaches, shops and the airport. This family-friendly hotel welcomes business travelers and offers free meals for children.

Highlights
  • Kids eat free at Shipley's Restaurant
  • Close proximity to sightseeing
  • Near trains, monorails and ferries
Rooms

Simple, comfortable rooms are an ideal spot for guests to kick up their feet and relax after a long day. Vanilla linens, carpets and drapery blend with pale gray walls to whisper calm. Rooms have a small work desk with high-speed Internet (fees apply). Complimentary newspapers are offered daily. One-bedroom suites on higher floors include upgrades like flat screen TVs, robes and a lounge area. Laundry service is available (fees apply).

Features

Shipley's Restaurant features local cuisine with an ambiance reminiscent of Sydney's once powerful wool trade industry.  Massive iron beams guard a dining room where guests enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner--kids eat free! JB's Bar serves a casual pub lunch and dinner to the business set.

Guests have access to an offsite gym with fitness equipment, a sauna, whirlpool and steam room.

The hotel offers parking and high-speed Internet access (fees apply).

Transportation
  • Monorail Metro Transport on Pyrmont Street (.5 mi/.8 km)
  • Central Station Devonshire Street (.5 mi/.8 km)
  • Sydney Airport (4.7 mi/7.6 km)
Attractions
  • Sydney Aquarium (.7 mi/1.2 km)
  • Pitt Street Mall (.8 mi/1.3 km)
  • The Art Gallery of New South Wales (1.4 mi/2.2 km)
  • Darling Harbour (1.6 mi/2.5 km)
  • Sydney Cricket Ground (3 mi/4.8 km)
  • Paddington Markets (3.3 mi/ 5.3 km)
  • Bondi Beach (5.6 mi/9.1 km)
  • Sydney Opera House (5.9 mi/9.5 km)
  • Manly Beach (10.4 mi/16.7 km)
Business

  • Business center with courier service, copy, fax and printing  capabilities (fees apply)
  • Wi-Fi (fees apply)
  • Secretarial services

Hotel Map

-33.8783 151.2033
Nearby airports
Kingsford Smith Airport, (SYD), 16.00, KM, S;
Area description
Downtown, downtown

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Amenities

  • High-speed internet
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Activities
Children's activities
Golf
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Coffee maker in room
Room service
Services
Maid service
Guest laundromat
Childcare Service
Concierge desk
In-Room Safe
Shops/Commercial services
Tour desk
Car rental desk
Porters
FAX
Currency exchange
Overhead projector
White board
Internet
High-speed internet
Parking
Parking
Valet parking
Accessibility
Accessible facilities
Room
Satellite TV
DVD player
Safe
Desk with lamp
Free newspaper
Hairdryer in room
Outlet adapters
Cribs available
In room movies
Temperature control
Ironing board
Bath tub

Nearby points of interest

  • Sydney Entertainment Centre: 0 mi
  • Chinese Garden of Friendship: 0.1 mi
  • Capitol Theatre: 0.2 mi
  • Powerhouse Museum: 0.2 mi
  • Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre: 0.3 mi
  • IMAX Theater: 0.3 mi
  • Belmore Park: 0.3 mi
  • Town Hall: 0.3 mi
  • University of Technology: 0.4 mi
  • ANZAC War Memorial: 0.5 mi
  • Queen Victoria Building: 0.5 mi
  • Great Synagogue: 0.5 mi
  • Pyrmont Bridge: 0.6 mi
  • Pitt Street Mall: 0.6 mi
  • Australian Museum: 0.6 mi
  • Sydney Entertainment Centre: 0 mi
  • Chinese Garden of Friendship: 0.1 mi
  • Capitol Theatre: 0.2 mi
  • Powerhouse Museum: 0.2 mi
  • Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre: 0.3 mi
  • IMAX Theater: 0.3 mi
  • Belmore Park: 0.3 mi
  • Town Hall: 0.3 mi
  • University of Technology: 0.4 mi
  • ANZAC War Memorial: 0.5 mi
  • Queen Victoria Building: 0.5 mi
  • Great Synagogue: 0.5 mi
  • Pyrmont Bridge: 0.6 mi
  • Pitt Street Mall: 0.6 mi
  • Australian Museum: 0.6 mi
  • Sydney Tower: 0.6 mi
  • Sydney Aquarium: 0.6 mi
  • Australian National Maritime Museum: 0.7 mi
  • St Mary's Cathedral: 0.8 mi
  • General Post Office: 0.8 mi
  • Sydney Wildlife World: 0.8 mi
  • Hyde Park Barracks: 0.8 mi
  • Sydney Fish Market: 0.8 mi
  • Sydney Mint: 0.8 mi
  • Star City Casino: 0.8 mi
  • Sydney Hospital: 0.9 mi
  • Parliament House: 0.9 mi
  • El Alamein Fountain: 1 mi
  • State Library of New South Wales: 1 mi
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales: 1 mi
  • Museum of Sydney: 1.1 mi
  • University of Sydney: 1.1 mi
  • Customs House: 1.2 mi
  • Royal Botanic Gardens: 1.3 mi
  • Wentworth Park: 1.3 mi
  • Sydney Observatory: 1.3 mi
  • Museum of Contemporary Art: 1.3 mi
  • Government House: 1.4 mi
  • Elizabeth Bay House: 1.5 mi
  • Sydney Football Stadium: 1.5 mi
  • Sydney Cricket Ground: 1.5 mi
  • Sydney Opera House: 1.5 mi
  • Harbour Bridge: 1.6 mi
  • Fox Studios Australia: 1.7 mi
  • Luna Park Sydney: 2.1 mi

Dining

Shipley's Restaurant
Shipley's echoes memories of a bygone era when it was once a bustling Wool Trading Floor, today it is a modern and vibrant restaurant. Start your day with our Breakfast Buffet featuring a great selection of hot and cold temptations. In the Evening you can
JB's Bar
JB's Bar opens for lunch and dinner daily. Patrons can relax and unwind with friends or sit back and watch the passers-by in Darling Harbour. There are nightly beverage promotions as well as daily Chefs meal specials. Open daily from 11am.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
02:00 PM
Check-out:
11:01 AM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (33)

Ratings and reviews for Holiday Inn DARLING HARBOUR

Overall score

3.9 / 5
5.01.0
33 out of 33
Amenities:
3.7
Room cleanliness:
4.3
Hotel staff:
4.3
Room comfort:
4.2
Location:
4.2
Value:
3.8

88% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Holiday Inn DARLING HARBOUR

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Tom
Not Provided
Aug 31, 2011

good location and good value

good location and good value

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
No rating
Location:
4
Value:
4
Review of Holiday Inn DARLING HARBOUR

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
BlackberryVeloce
Silicon Valley, CA
Jan 4, 2010

Very good location and service

Very good location in Darling Harbour, with Chinatown shops and restaurants right around the corner, and 10-15 minutes of walking to the Harbour, Aquarium, Wildlife, IMAX, Chinese Garden etc. Room was clean and well-serviced. I put the DND sign outside and got a call asking when I'd like the room to be cleaned. Said 3pm, and they were there at 3pm to clean the room, just as I was heading out. Quiet room to: the monorail was just below the window, but couldn't hear anything from the 8th floor. You *could* hear through the door, but all neighbors were silent. I left a laptop in the room (on the desk, not in the safe) and it remained there untouched over several cleanings. In-room internet is ridiculously expensive: $27.50 per day, with a 200MB limit. The hotel is made of concrete/brick, so not a chance of catching stray WiFi signals. The laundry service is ridiculously expensive: $7 for a t-shirt, but the laundry facility has 2 washers and 2 driers (operated by 3x $1 coins, plus $1 for a packet of detergent). Spa is small, and I'm not sure if there's a pool at all, but if there is, it's small enough to be missed. Exercise room is very small too. But if you're in Sydney to enjoy Sydney, not to stay in a hotel, these things really don't matter. Trek Sydney on foot and you'll get your exercise, and swim in the Ocean at Manly or Bondi. A note about the in-room snacks: they're VERY expensive, about twice the USA price. Buy some from convenience stores, or better yet, from Woolworths. Concierge service wasn't terribly sharp: my apartment mate had a lost luggage on their name, and when the luggage company delivered it to Holiday Inn, with my room number and name, the concierge didn't make the connection, and sent the luggage back (!). On the other hand, they took good care of calling cabs and vans for our departure at the right time.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Buy your own breakfast and snacks from Woolworths (on the corner of George and Park): bread, jam, cheese etc. Get your own Internet access from Telstra or Optus, rather than paying $28 per day in the Hotel.

Review of Holiday Inn DARLING HARBOUR

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
BlackberryVeloce
Silicon Valley, CA
Jan 4, 2010

Very good location and service

Very good location in Darling Harbour, with Chinatown shops and restaurants right around the corner, and 10-15 minutes of walking to the Harbour, Aquarium, Wildlife, IMAX, Chinese Garden etc. Room was clean and well-serviced. I put the DND sign outside and got a call asking when I'd like the room to be cleaned. Said 3pm, and they were there at 3pm to clean the room, just as I was heading out. Quiet room to: the monorail was just below the window, but couldn't hear anything from the 8th floor. You *could* hear through the door, but all neighbors were silent. I left a laptop in the room (on the desk, not in the safe) and it remained there untouched over several cleanings. In-room internet is ridiculously expensive: $27.50 per day, with a 200MB limit. The hotel is made of concrete/brick, so not a chance of catching stray WiFi signals. The laundry service is ridiculously expensive: $7 for a t-shirt, but the laundry facility has 2 washers and 2 driers (operated by 3x $1 coins, plus $1 for a packet of detergent). Spa is small, and I'm not sure if there's a pool at all, but if there is, it's small enough to be missed. Exercise room is very small too. But if you're in Sydney to enjoy Sydney, not to stay in a hotel, these things really don't matter. Trek Sydney on foot and you'll get your exercise, and swim in the Ocean at Manly or Bondi. A note about the in-room snacks: they're VERY expensive, about twice the USA price. Buy some from convenience stores, or better yet, from Woolworths. Concierge service wasn't terribly sharp: my apartment mate had a lost luggage on their name, and when the luggage company delivered it to Holiday Inn, with my room number and name, the concierge didn't make the connection, and sent the luggage back (!). On the other hand, they took good care of calling cabs and vans for our departure at the right time.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Buy your own breakfast and snacks from Woolworths (on the corner of George and Park): bread, jam, cheese etc. Get your own Internet access from Telstra or Optus, rather than paying $28 per day in the Hotel.

Review of Holiday Inn DARLING HARBOUR

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
4nancy
cooma
Jan 3, 2010

typical holiday inn

The location was the key: close in to what we wanted to do & ready access to public transport. Unfortunately, this was the typical Holiday Inn: poorly maintained with worn out fixtures & amenities, charge for every conceivable thing...including services neither used nor wanted...& very aggressively priced. We are returning to Sydney in 2 weeks, but not to this hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
2
Review of Holiday Inn DARLING HARBOUR

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
4nancy
cooma
Jan 3, 2010

typical holiday inn

The location was the key: close in to what we wanted to do & ready access to public transport. Unfortunately, this was the typical Holiday Inn: poorly maintained with worn out fixtures & amenities, charge for every conceivable thing...including services neither used nor wanted...& very aggressively priced. We are returning to Sydney in 2 weeks, but not to this hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
2
Review of Holiday Inn DARLING HARBOUR

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Anonymous
Toronto, Canada
Dec 22, 2009

May be not

The reception and Concierge staff was helpful and friendly and the location was good but the restaurant experience was terrible, the food choices are poor and if you ask for any simple things like an egg omelet which is not in the buffet and you will be charged an arm and a leg. The food and drink choices were very limited and you have to make your own Juice if you need one, so have your apron ready with you as well. Internet was also very expensive, bath room wasn't that new. Overall what you pay what you get and if you add all the extra expenses you will incur you will be paying like a 5 star hotel price but not the service.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
1
Location:
4
Value:
1
Review of Holiday Inn DARLING HARBOUR

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Anonymous
Toronto, Canada
Dec 22, 2009

May be not

The reception and Concierge staff was helpful and friendly and the location was good but the restaurant experience was terrible, the food choices are poor and if you ask for any simple things like an egg omelet which is not in the buffet and you will be charged an arm and a leg. The food and drink choices were very limited and you have to make your own Juice if you need one, so have your apron ready with you as well. Internet was also very expensive, bath room wasn't that new. Overall what you pay what you get and if you add all the extra expenses you will incur you will be paying like a 5 star hotel price but not the service.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
1
Location:
4
Value:
1
Review of Holiday Inn DARLING HARBOUR

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
loggins
Anchorage, AK
Sep 29, 2009

Holiday Inn DARLING HARBOUR

The location was great for wanting to see sights and going shopping. The online price was good. Overall experience at the hotel was good. A lot more goods than bad's. The bad's: There was a vent that made noise throughout the night. House keeping would call during the day when we had a do not disturb sign on door, and lastly: the toilet would continue to run after flushed. 8 out of 10. I liked it.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Time-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

It is very close to the harbor. which is all the attractions and shops.

Review of Holiday Inn DARLING HARBOUR

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
icekrystal
dunedin, fl
Jul 20, 2009

vacation

1st time outside of USA. hotel is located in chinatown. The hotel was great, very clean and friendly. Prepare to do lots and lots of walking. All the restaurants near this hotel are chinese/japanese (there is a mcdonalds right next to this hotel, again, very expensive and just because it's mcdonalds doesnt mean the menu is the same as your country!)

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
2
Value:
3
Dining tip: Not Applicable

I just did not expect how expensive things would be (restaurants, traveling throughout the city). If you love chinese food this is the place to be if not, your gonna do some walking.

Review of Holiday Inn DARLING HARBOUR

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
icekrystal
dunedin, fl
Jul 20, 2009

vacation

1st time outside of USA. hotel is located in chinatown. The hotel was great, very clean and friendly. Prepare to do lots and lots of walking. All the restaurants near this hotel are chinese/japanese (there is a mcdonalds right next to this hotel, again, very expensive and just because it's mcdonalds doesnt mean the menu is the same as your country!)

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
2
Value:
3
Dining tip: Not Applicable

I just did not expect how expensive things would be (restaurants, traveling throughout the city). If you love chinese food this is the place to be if not, your gonna do some walking.

Review of Holiday Inn DARLING HARBOUR

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Highland Regiment
Clydebank, Scotland
Jul 12, 2009

Good location, good value for money.

Pleasant, terrific housekeeping service, everything clean. Be aware of the internet charges. Ask. They are stiff. Plenty cheaper cafes near the hotel. Worth the money, no problem going back.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Plenty excellent dining, especially if you like chinese

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