Holiday Inn Old Sydney--new delight
The eight story glass-ceilinged atrium provides the most breath-taking signature of the Holiday Inn Old Sydney, a bold splash of contemporary panache in the heart of the quaint cobbled streets of the historic Rocks precinct. A swim at sunset in the rooftop pool with 360 degree panoramic views of the Harbour Bridge and world famous Opera House amongst the rest of the city to some guests might be even better. At the Holiday Inn Old Sydney, guests from the other side of the world can stay in familiar rooms just a few minutes from the airport and stroll to Sydney's central business district ten minutes away while local guests leave their vehicle in the car park and enjoy entertainment, shopping and amusements around the corner.
On Dawes Point, surrounded by water, the hotel views from most of the rooms look to the Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney's skyline and other highlights beyond the Harbour Bridge. Comfortable and well-appointed rooms with bathrobes, cable and pay-per-view televisions, in-room safes, a mini-bar and internet connecting one to the world, some guests have no reason to leave the building at all. Laundry services, a full business center, spa and sauna, and luxurious lobby for meeting friends enhance the experience. The Playfair Terrace Restaurant serves breakfast over looking the spacious atrium while the Lobby Lounge and Bar creates a tranquil ambience for patrons to enjoy pre-dinner drinks and cocktails.
A trip back in time, the historic Rocks Point District is the site of the original settlers of Sydney, an area of cobbled streets and narrow alleyways with a story around every corner where the warehouses have been converted into a network of boutique shops, distinguished and eclectic restaurants and art galleries, creating new tales for the modern day during a long evening's stroll. The interactive Discovery Museum delights children and adults alike. The open air market on the weekends is full of arts and crafts, live music and a magical atmosphere reminiscent of the centuries of its history. Discover the district's dark side of mysterious deaths, murder, hangings and hauntings by taking the Rocks Ghost Tour that focuses on the mystery of a neighborhood established by convicts.
250 meters overhead, the Skywalk atop the Sydney Tower offers breath-taking vistas between feet firmly planted on a glass floor, looking down at the shopping centre far below, a dizzying complex of stores and restaurants, cinemas, laser and bowling amusements. The Holiday Inn Old Sydney is easily found from such a height. Luna Park offers rides on the ground to take thrill seekers upside down and backwards nearly as high and nearby a flight-simulator convinces seasoned travelers to remain in their back seats and leave the flying to pilots.
The original point of landing for Australia's first settlers, short ferry rides from the Circular Quay transports guests to the Taronga Zoo, first opened in 1816 on what was known as Billy Goat Swamp or farther out to the popular beaches of Manley or Bondi where crystal waters mix with white sand. A spectacular view of the Sydney Harbour landmarks can be had from the decks of a glass-bottomed boat leaving the Quay from the Sydney Aquarium, the entire city, olympic in scope, laid out and easily reached from the landing point of the Holiday Inn Old Sydney.