Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay

Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay

Overview:

When selecting somewhere to stay in downtown Sydney, your options are endless. Ranging from boutique hotels and AirBnB’s to your major establishment hotels like Hilton and Marriott. If you’ve read any of my other posts, I’m a loyalty guy. If you do right by me, you will continue to have my business. This has stood true of Marriott. I have received no financial compensation from Marriott and I love their product.

After perusing Marriott’s multiple properties in Sydney, I decided to stay at the Marriott Sydney Harbour at Circular Quay for what I thought was great general proximity to the main areas to be in Sydney. Lets see how the stay was and if the location was as good as I thought it would be!

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Booking:

I booked using the Marriott mobile app which makes things very easy to book. I booked a Saturday and Sunday night which were my nights to stay in the city after being in the suburbs the three days prior.

I booked using the Marriott mobile app which makes things very easy to book. I booked a Saturday and Sunday night which were my nights to stay in the city after being in the suburbs the three days prior.

Saturday night ran 394 AUD and Sunday night was 290 AUD. Both nights equal about $495 USD. This gets me to my base earning rate of 5,152 points. I earned an additional 515 points for being Silver Elite which earns 10% bonus points. I also earned an additional 2,000 points for signing up for Marriott’s stay two nights and earn 2,000 bonus points promotion. In total, I earned 7,667 points which by TPG valuations (0.9 cents/point), is $69.

Location:

The hotel is located 30 minutes away from the airport and can be accessed via taxi or train. The train will drop you off near the wharfs and is a 10-minute walk to the hotel.

Located in the heart of Circular Quay, the hotel has fast and easy access to main hot tourist points in Sydney. It is about a 10-minute walk to the Sydney Opera House, 10-minute walk to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and The Rocks, and a 15 minute walk to the Sydney Eye and Hyde Park.

Everywhere in-between are plenty of areas to eat, museums, shops, and other fun tourist attractions. You are also less than a 10-minute walk away from the ferries which can take you all around Sydney and to other destinations around the Sydney Harbour.

Check In:

I drove to the hotel since I was coming from the suburbs and valet was quick and easy. Valet was $59 AUD per day ($42 USD). 

The check in desk was directly inside and since I had already checked in through the mobile app I only needed to show my ID and I promptly received my room cards. The staff at the desk were extremely friendly. 

Concierge was just located on the opposite side of the lobby and offered great advice and tips on how to explore the city. Before getting to the elevators, you’ll see Sylvester’s Restaurant. 

There are 5 elevators for the hotel and let me say, they are lightening quick. I was on the 18th floor and was required to scan my room key to access my floor.

The Room:

My room was 1817 and had a partial view of the Harbour and Bridge. The view was pretty nice and made for some great sunset views if you happen to be in your room. I recommend taking in the sunsets down on the wharf. 

Upon entering, I requested two full beds since I was visiting with my mother. The room was average size with a desk, TV, closet, and mini-fridge with food and beverages. The beds were comfortable, and I would say were medium firmness. Both beds also had nice nightstands with variable controls for lighting. There was one power outlet for both beds which was in the middle. Otherwise, power was located by the desk or mini-fridge.

Full Beds
TV and Desk
Closet

The bathroom was average size with plenty of room. Soaps were provided by the hotel along with plenty of towels. Shower was perfectly sized with excellent water pressure. Temperature control of the shower water was user friendly. Hair dryer also included.

Sink and Toilet
Soaps and Toiletries
Shower

The mini-fridge, food, and wine was very reasonably priced which I found pleasantly surprising. There is even an Australian power adapter for $5 AUD ($3.60 USD) in case you forgot yours or need another which I found very convenient and cheap.

Amenities:

In house amenities include a gym, pool, arrivals lounge, two restaurants and a bar.

The gym was large with a free weights area, machines, and multiple stationary bikes and treadmills. There were three sections of the gym with plenty of space for you to get in a workout. The pool was decently sized and smelled of chlorine. There was also a small outdoor area adjacent to the pool which didn’t smell pleasant either due to the city air or some stagnant water.

Sylvester’s restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast starts at 7am and goes for $38 AUD ($27.50) and offers a full buffet with omelet station or a menu where you can select certain dishes from. The price is a bit steep, but you did have a wide range of food to choose from and everything did taste very good.

Three Bottle Man is the hotels bar/small bites restaurant. I didn’t have the chance to eat or drink there, but it looked like a good spot to start the night. I also didn’t have a chance to get to the Customs House Bar but based on prior reviews, it is a great place to have a drink.

Overall:

Overall, I was very pleased with the Marriott Sydney Harbour hotel. Its location was absolutely perfect and allowed easy walking to all the top spots in downtown Sydney. Aside from the perfect location, the room and onsite amenities hit the spot for a great price. If I was to come back to Sydney, which I plan to, I would certainly stay here again. The only thing I would do different would be to choose a room with a different view for a cheaper price since I spent barely any time in my room. 

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