How often in life do you find two things that you love so dearly, wrapped up in the one parcel?
For me, it's plane spotting and quality travel accommodation.. Seems that i'm asking a lot, right? Wrong!
Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel meets both of these interests seamlessly. Located just a 2 minute walk from Sydney International airport terminal, this modern and stylish hotel accommodates the needs of all travellers, from those on a budget, to those looking for spacious rooms with a little extra quality. The "SOLD" moment for me as a self confessed Avgeek, comes when you get to enjoy the viewing deck located on the 9th floor of the hotel, providing unobstructed views over the Airport and city skyline in the distance.
This large hotel has 318 rooms in total, a restaurant and sports bar, a gym, plus a range of conference rooms. With free WIFI throughout the hotel and 24 hour services available, this hotel is perfect for any business or leisure travellers looking to relax prior to, or after a flight - Or in my case, for the love of aviation!
Each room makes you feel as welcome as the next - With generous space, ample comfort, stylish decor and a quietness that belies its location, only 181 steps from the airports international terminal. Rydges signature Dream Bed is unbelievably comfortable, as you might expect with that name. To top that off, there's also a pillow menu to give you all the chances on Earth, to get a perfect nights sleep - Just what the doctor ordered before or after a long haul flight. There is a large walk in shower, with rainmaker shower-head and toiletries from Sanctum. The mini bar is well stocked with drinks, and there are plenty of treats to tempt. The large flat screen TV offers 60+ channels of local and international language programming for your enjoyment - IF you can tear yourself away from the amazing view from your amply sized window.
The Touch & Go Sports Bar offers a comfortable place to enjoy your lunch, a quiet coffee or an icy cold beer at the bar. There's multiple screens with varied sporting channels going to keep you entertained. During the day, there are various meals available for a low $10 and soft drinks for $2 - (I must recommend the Pulled Pork Burger.. It's a cracker!) In the evening, you can select from a range of Modern Australian dishes at the in-house Blackwattle Restaurant, with mains starting from approximately $30. This is also the location for the wide variety of delicious foods at the Buffet Breakfast each morning.
I've stayed at this hotel on 3 occasions now, and it's obvious to me that business is booming! Although you never feel crowded or confined in the spacious lobby, bar or restaurant, Rydges seems to be operating at high capacity each day, whilst keeping a relaxed and happy vibe - (As one might expect when the clients are mostly overseas or local guests about to embark on, or disembark from a holiday.) Even as an escape for my wife and I, the comfy Dream Beds, great food and tons of entertainment (of the aircraft kind) keep us wanting to go back time and time again.
Reviewer: James Lusher
Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel - 8 Arrivals Court, Sydney International Airport. (02)93132500