Novotel Darling Harbour Review – Honest Review

Last weekend we headed to Sydney for an action packed mini break. While there we had the chance for a Novotel Darling Harbour Review!

Novotel Darling Harbour Review

We stayed at the Novotel Darling Harbour on Friday night and oh my word, they really looked after us well!

We parked at the hotel and got a space in the hotel car park immediately. There is a Wilson Car Park next door though in case it’s ever full at the hotel.

When we arrived to check in, I got chatting to the Hotel Manager (a fellow Brit!) and Junior Manager who were both very lovely. They told me that if we needed anything when we were there to let them know.

Which I would have done, had everything not already been perfect :)

Our room

We stayed in a Twin room that overlooked the harbour and I think I’d forgotten a bit just how gorgeous Darling Harbour is.

Novotel Darling Harbour Review - Love from Mim

The room was huge with 2 Queen beds. One for us and one for Miss to sleep in and plenty of room for Mini’s travel cot. The beds were well made with crisp white cotton bedding. If I have one slight comment, our mattress was really soft and I prefer firm mattresses. I suppose you can hardly please everyone though and it definitely didn’t affect my sleep.

Novotel Darling Harbour Review - Love from Mim

Novotel Darling Harbour Review - Love from Mim
The all important mini bar!

Novotel Darling Harbour Review - Love from Mim

The bathroom was huge and brightly lit with a bath and shower over it, lots of lovely fair trade toiletries to try and big fluffy towels!

Novotel Darling Harbour Review - Love from Mim

Novotel Darling Harbour Bathroom Toiletries
Novotel Darling Harbour Bathroom Toiletries

After we’d checked in and dropped our bags in the room, we headed out for a walk along the Harbour and it was such a lovely sunny day.

Harbourside Shopping Centre

Harbourside shopping centre is right in front of the Novotel Darling Harbour. We popped in to pick up some things we needed – including a big bag of treats from the British Lolly Shop to take back with us. I do miss UK chocolate!

It was a bit of a mistake really as when we got back to the room, we were treated to this huge lolly buffet!! Miss M and Mini were so excited about their Ice Age toys too – how lovely!

A Night Out!

For dinner we headed into Darling Harbour to meet a friend although the bar and Ternary restaurant at the hotel looked so tempting! Our room had a buffet breakfast included and we were looking forward to that the next day – Mr M particularly :)

Novotel Darling Harbour Review - Love from Mim

We went to an Italian restaurant, Olivo’s for dinner as they had a deal where it was $35 for 2 courses and a glass of wine. That was soon followed up by another bottle as I caught up with my friend!

Mr M headed back to the room with the kids and me and my friend popped up to the Hard Rock Cafe for cocktails…and as most of my nights out end up, we finished up at karaoke!

Breakfast at Darling Harbour Novotel Hotel

When I woke up on Saturday morning, after getting in at 2.30am, it wasn’t only Mr M looking forward to a big breakfast – I definitely was too.

There was a queue to be seated when we got there but the waiter seated everyone in super fast time and a high chair was found very quickly for us. We took it in turns to head up and choose something to eat while the other one stayed with the kids.

Oh my word – there was so much choice for breakfast! Literally every breakfast item you could possibly imagine was on offer, separated into little areas to visit.

So it wasn’t just one turn to choose food, it was many turns! Cooked full breakfast, toast, pastries, fruit, yogurt, cereal – everything! In fact just looking at these photos of the buffet again now is making me homesick to return there again soon!

Novotel Darling Harbour Buffet Breakfast
Novotel Darling Harbour Buffet Breakfast!

The view of Darling Harbour as we ate breakfast was just as amazing as from our hotel room and there were tables outside if you chose to eat there.

We were served really quickly and as soon as we finished one plate of breakfasty loveliness, our empty plates were whisked away and new cutlery left. See really I think they wanted us to keep eating too!

The Rest of the Weekend

Next up was a catch up with my lovely mums group friends so we had to drag ourselves away and check out.

The staff at reception, as they had been when we checked in, were so attentive and lovely. They checked that every single part of our stay had been good and it really had.

In fact, the weekend was so busy and after the 2 hour car journey, staying at the Novotel was like a lovely big welcoming cuddle!

If you’re looking for a hotel to stay in Sydney, the Novotel Darling Harbour is perfect for families and business trips and the central location means that the CBD and tourist activities are right on the doorstep.

We would absolutely stay at the hotel again in the future and definitely recommend you check it out!

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Novotel Darling Harbour Review - Love from Mim

Disclosure: the Novotel Darling Harbour kindly invited us to stay in exchange for our honest review. This post contains affiliate links, meaning if you book I might receive a small commission. This does not affect the price you pay.



  1. Donna
    / 9:25 am

    That hotel looks wonderful. We’re planning a trip to Australia, although not for a long while, and would love to visit Sydney! x

    • / 9:59 am

      Yeeees come and visit meeeeee!! If you stay in Sydney, I can’t recommend the Novotel highly enough :) x

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