$120 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Nov 2, 2014 Check-out: Nov 4, 2014

Holiday Inn DARLING HARBOUR

4 stars
68 HARBOUR STREET, Sydney, NS 2000
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.8
out of 5
19 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
Stay

My experience at the hotel was excellent. I asked the employees for advice on places to go and how... See full review

  • Anonymous
  • May 5, 2009
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
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 and tea a
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.

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Guest Reviews (19)

Ratings and reviews for Holiday Inn DARLING HARBOUR

Overall score

3.8 / 5
5.01.0
19 out of 19
Amenities:
3.7
Room cleanliness:
4.3
Hotel staff:
4.3
Room comfort:
4.2
Location:
4.2
Value:
3.7

89% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
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
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
4nancy
Business
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
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Holiday Inn DARLING HARBOUR

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
JaTiCa
Business
New Hampshire, USA
Mar 3, 2014

Great location, average hotel

The breakfast buffet was wonderful which helped to mitigate the sting of the high price for a very average double room. The location is great.

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

Business

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Review of Holiday Inn DARLING HARBOUR

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Carrie the traveler
Business
Syracuse, NY
May 21, 2009

Very accommodating and great price

The overall stay at the hotel was very good. The staff was extrememly welcoming and very accomodating. The only thing was that the food wasn't the best; it was ok...but the scrambeled eggs were very watery for the breakfast buffet. The great location made up for it. It was a short walk to the Harbour with many restaurants and attractions. I'd definitely reccomend the hotel to someone and stay again myself.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

Paddy's market is just a short walk, 2 blocks, away were you will find pretty much anything. Great Australian souveniers at great prices.

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Review of Holiday Inn DARLING HARBOUR

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Sam Teoh
Business
Shanghai, china
Jul 25, 2012

Holiday inn Darling Harbour stay

Generally acceptable. Close to China town and Market city. Recommended for short stay.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

China town

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Review of Holiday Inn DARLING HARBOUR

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
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room 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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Review of Holiday Inn DARLING HARBOUR

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
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Holiday Inn DARLING HARBOUR

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
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room 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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Review of Holiday Inn DARLING HARBOUR

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
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room 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
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room 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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