$102 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Apr 6, 2015 Check-out: Apr 8, 2015

Holiday Inn DARLING HARBOUR

4 stars
View map of 68 HARBOUR STREET, Sydney, NS 2000

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
3.9
out of 5
22 reviews
Good choice at last minute

We enjoyed this hotel. Has a nice bar and is close to harbour and attractions. See full review

  • James M.
  • Mar 2, 2015
Great Holiday Inn

This is Holiday Inn at it's best. The room was clean. Due to our points we got upgraded with no... See full review

  • LJJM
  • Jan 5, 2015
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

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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
Room service
Services
Maid service
Childcare Service
Concierge desk
In-Room Safe
Shops/Commercial services
Tour desk
Car rental desk
Porters
FAX
Currency exchange
Internet
High-speed internet
Parking
Parking
Accessibility
Accessible facilities

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, fresh juices, bakery i
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:
11:00 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.

Ratings and reviews for Holiday Inn DARLING HARBOUR

Overall score

3.9 / 5
5.01.0
22 out of 22
Amenities:
3.7
Cleanliness:
4.3
Hotel staff:
4.3
Comfort:
4.2
Location:
4.2
Value:
3.8

91% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Not Provided
Jun 14, 2011

Enjoyed the stay, friendly service.

Enjoyed the stay, friendly service. Would come back again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
No rating
Location:
5
Value:
5
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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
USA
May 5, 2009

Stay

My experience at the hotel was excellent. I asked the employees for advice on places to go and how to get there and received much assistance. Some of their insight even helped me to take a different destination thta I'm quite certain I actually enjoyed more.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
USA
Dec 27, 2008

Great food

This hotel is on the edge of China Town. Every night was a new experience. Sidney can be very pricy. Food in this area was affordable. Shopping in Patty's market is your best value for getting Australian presents cheap. It is right across the street. There is also a McDonalds. If you hold your computer in the right direction or go use it in the vestibule you can get on ther free McD wifi and save yourself the 55cents a minute charged by the Holiday Inn It is an easy walk to Darling Harbor. The Maritime museum is a well worth visit and is also free .You need to book on the internet or the rooms will cost losts more.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Bardstown, KY
Mar 9, 2009

Awesome Darling Harbor

The location was great. There were so many sites to see just around the hotel area. We were within walking distance of Darling Harbor, many restaurants, the monorail, ferries, shopping - everything was just so convenient. The staff and concierge service was above reproach. They were professional, friendly, and helpful in every way. The hotel was easy to get to by shuttle from the airport, and a shuttle was available at the hotel to take us back to the airport. If we get a chance to return to Sydney, this would be an ideal place to stay. Very convenient.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Darling Harbor was only about a 10-minute walk from the hotel and offered numerous attractions, shopping and dining opportunities.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
BlackberryVeloce
Business
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
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
San Diego, CA
Jul 21, 2007

Solid American Standard

I was satisfied by staying in The Darling Harbor Holiday Inn maybe because I got what I needed and what I had expected. Inside of the hotel, I could not find any differences with any Holiday Inn hotel in US. Although it located in fact in Sydney?s Downtown. I got high speed Internet access that however could be less expensive (27 AUD per day if unlimited or 0.5 AUD per min). Finally, very good location of the hotel was the most important its advantage for me.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
loggins
Business
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
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Time-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

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

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Junner
Business
Chicago, IL USA
Jan 30, 2011

Great for the price

One of the better hotel deals in Sydney - you don't pay for many frills here (like no pool and restaurant is pretty lackluster), but the rooms are clean (queen superior room was great). Don't get the twin rooms with two beds as they tend to be older rooms with older bathrooms. Location is great for Darling Harbour, about a 35 minute walk to Sydney Harbour.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
2
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Charleston, SC
Oct 3, 2010

Enjoyed the stay!

If you arrive too early to check in. Hotel will store your bags for you until check in time. Attended two concerts during the stay that were right across the street at the entertainment center. Convenient and quite hotel. We enjoyed our stay. If you forget your adapters for electronics, the front desk has some and did not charge for using. Day tour buses will pick you up for most trips just outside of the hotel front door. When it's time to leave, Taxi's can be found right out front of the hotel for a quick trip back to the airport, no waiting.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Shopping tip: Long walk from hotel

Everything is within walking distance from the hotel. Entertainment center across the street. Paddy's market, small mall, food store, about a 100 yard walk. Very convienient monorail station. If you love Chinese food, this will be Heaven for you. Long walk to major shopping but not too bad. Short walk to Darling Harbour for attractions, ferries, dining, shopping and pubs.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
n1tpicker
Business
Miami, FL
Sep 7, 2010

Nice stay at Holiday Inn DARLING HARBOUR

Nice stay. My only complaint is that I had to pay for the internet connection separately. In US, internet connections are complimentary.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Holiday Inn DARLING HARBOUR

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Illinois
Aug 31, 2010

Great location

The hotel is in a great location - within easy walking distance to Darling Harbour and with easy transportatioin to many Sydney attractions. The rooms were clean, and the service was very good. I would recommend this hotel for anyone traveling in the area.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

Check out Paddy's Market - just across the street from the hotel - for low prices for almost any kind of souvenir you would want. It is open Wednesdays through Sundays.

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