Posts Tagged Sydney

Holiday Inn Old Sydney, Sydney

At work we have a list of hotels we’re allowed to stay at. The Holiday Inn Old Sydney must have been on the list for all of 5 minutes and I must have been lucky enough to book it at the right time. But boy did I have troubles expensing the bill after my trip lol.

Holiday Inn Old Sydney is a heritage listed building that was once the wool sheds I believe. Its situated at the northern end of the historic Rocks area. Its a wee bit away from the office building of the CBD but not too far. If you’re a history buff or ship lover you’ll love the location.

I liked this hotel as I had a room that looked out over George St, the overseas passenger terminal and the Opera House. On my second day there there was also a cruise ship in port that I had a magnificent view of. It amazing how close the ship looked!

The rooms were relatively good for a budget hotel. As with most Holiday Inns the bathroom and living area was a little cramped but functional.

The bed was of good quality and rather comfy as were the pillows. There was an armchair but that wasn’t all that comfortable so I used it for my work bag.

There are heaps of restaurants and bars in the vicinity but since its a touristy area they’re mostly more expensive that other restaurants and bars.

If I needed to stay in Sydney on a budget this would be a good hotel to choose.

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Amo Roma, Sydney

I was in Sydney for an evening so decided to try somewhere new for dinner after a couple of refreshing beers. We were imbibing at Circular Quay and decided to head down to the rocks to find somewhere to eat.

There are many choices in that part of Sydney: steak, Italian, thai… but we decided to try an Italian restaurant called Amo Roma on George Street.

Typical Italian fare was on offer and a Parmesan pizza bread was ordered for starters, a simple but tasty start to the meal.

For my main dish I chose the eponymous Amo Roma pizza which was a thin crust pizza with salami, ham, capsicum, mushroom, tomato sauce and mozzarella, my friend ordered the Kangaroo pizza with spanish onion, capsicum, blueberry glaze, tomato sauce and mozzarella.

The pizzas were were large, extremely tasty and not overly packed with toppings, so probably more in the real Italian style rather than the heaped toppings we’re probably used to in Australia.

We washed our meal down with a reasonably priced Italian Fattoria Zerbina Ceregio Sangiovese.

A good meal that came to around $100 for the two of us.

Rating: (4/5)

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Wolfie’s Grill, Sydney

I was in Sydney again during the last week for a training course, which meant that I had the opportunity to head back to one of the best feeds that I’ve found in Sydney, Wolfie’s Grill on the waterfront at West Circular Quay.

As I’ve said previously, Wolfie’s is a meat eaters paradise…

Today I again went for the pork ribs with barbaque sauce. Not just one or two ribs, but a full set of ribs and they were as good as I had remembered. In the good old days you used to get chips with your main, but no more. You need to order sides like chip separately.

We chose a nice Victorian pinot to accompany our meal and I again finished off with a glass of port.

Rating: (3.5/5)

I knocked of half a point as they’d removed the chips from the rib dish… maybe they’ll do the right thing and change their mind and give you basic sides with your meal!

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Crowne Plaza, Norwest, Sydney

We were in Sydney to attend a training course at our office in West Pennant Hills and the Crowne Plaza in Baulkham Hills was the closest hotel. It is probably 30 to 45 minutes from the Sydney CBD on a good day.

The hotel was your typical Crowne Plaza, not a 5-star hotel, but it wasn’t bad either. I guess I’m saying that it was clean and functional. Though its showing its age if you look close enough.

The bed was nice but I found the pillows to be  far too soft and I didn’t have a decent sleep while I was here.

I had a couple of room service dinners during the week as I couldn’t be bothered venturing out to find somewhere else to eat. The Beef Burger and Club Sandwich were exceptionally good as hotel room service food goes, and the Creme Brulee and Tiramisu deserts were right up there also.

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Thai Spice, Stanhope Village, Sydney

After room service for a couple of nights we’d decided to head out for a feed. We tried to get into the Outback Steakhouse, but the queue was long, and we were famished so we decided to try a local Thai restaurant instead.

We headed over the Stanhope Village to a small restaurant called Thai Spice.

Thai Spice is your usual, suburban eat in or takeaway restaurant. In fact, the menus on the tables were the takeaway menus! But I’d heard good things about the food, so was more than happy to give the menu the benefit of the doubt.

We ordered three mains BBQ Lamb, Chicken Jungle Curry and a duck dish accompanied by rice, all of which were very reasonably priced and all tasted great. I’m surprised we didn’t lick the plates we enjoyed it so much.

Unfortunately, the restaurant was BYO, and since we hadn’t planned ahead, soft drinks and water were all we’d be having to drink.

If I’m ever out that way again, I would probably eat here again.

Rating: (3.5/5)

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