This month has been full on but full of fun! Part of the fun was travelling down to Sydney for the Kids Business Bloggers Brunch. We stayed in the city and made a weekend of it so I wanted to share about where we stayed.
This Novotel Sydney Central Hotel review is in collaboration with Accor Hotels.
Our plan was to stay centrally in the CBD so that after the brunch, we could explore the city and head out for dinner on foot.
The hotel is located on Thomas Street Sydney and is so close to Darling Harbour, one of my favourite places in the city. It has so much going on and such a beautiful location on the water.
Novotel Sydney Central Hotel Review
The Novotel Sydney Central is a 4.5-star Sydney city hotel with 255 rooms and is perfect for families.
You can choose from a room with either one King bed or two Queen beds.
The reception and foyer is a beautiful and modern area with plenty of seats for guests, a bar (with happy hour!) and the Fieldhouse Restaurant.
There’s also a kids area. In fact, the Novotel Sydney Central Hotel is particularly great for kids with the recent addition of its Novotel Kids Wellness program.
Features of this include two in-room programs starring Sally Fitzgibbons and Rachael Coopes.
There are healthy menus from Sally and activities from Rachael to keep the kids healthy and active during their stay! Find out more here:
The staff at reception were so lovely and helpful!
I headed upstairs to dump my bags and freshen up – despite being in a busy part of town, once inside my room, there was no noise, phew. With two small kids turning up later, I hoped the evening would be just as quiet as the smallest thing wakes my daughter particularly.
Sydney has changed SO much since I moved away in 2014. Everywhere you look, there are bars, restaurants, shops and so many attractions for the whole family.
After a couple of glasses of wine with a blogging buddy in Darling Harbour, I headed back to the hotel to await the fam – who were stuck in traffic. That’s one of the biggest downsides of Sydney – traffic! It’s the main reason I generally travel by train myself when I travel to Sydney for work.
Parking at the hotel was easy peasy – the underground car park next door was easy to find and access with plenty of free spaces.
When the kids arrived, they were exhausted so we ordered room service for them (which was super quick!) and put them to bed.
We chose a Twin room with two queen beds. This works out perfectly for us as means we’re all in the same room with me and the hubs in one bed and my daughter in the other.
My son usually sleeps in the cot although that night decided he wanted to cuddle his sister – so cute!
I popped out to the shop early evening and the lift area was packed with flight attendants. Clearly, we were not the only ones thinking the location was great! This Sydney city accommodation is so close to Central Station and accessible by foot to the whole CBD.
Thankfully, despite the busy city, the evening was lovely and peaceful and I couldn’t hear a peep outside all night.
The blackout blinds helped keep the kids asleep until a reasonable hour in the morning too.
Our room was very spacious, with a desk area, mini bar and plenty of room for our luggage.
In the morning, we headed down to the restaurant for breakfast – the choice was huge! In fact, the kids and the hubs had at least one of everything from a cooked breakfast, cereals, toast, fruit, cold meats and cheese and pancakes too!
I always wonder if I’ll struggle to eat out as I follow a keto diet but it was perfect for me – I opted for eggs, bacon and cheese – delish!
After breakfast, it was off to meet friends and make the most of the rest of our time in the city. I really love Sydney so much – it just has everything you need in walking distance to entertain the whole family.
Checking out was super fast but it was hard to drag the kids away from the kids TV and game area in the foyer! There was so much for them to do, so should there have been a queue for checking out, it wouldn’t have been a problem.
That said, I’m always thankful to escape the hustle and head back up north to Newcastle for a bit of peace and quiet.
If you’re looking for Sydney accommodation that’s close to the action and great for the whole family, we definitely recommend this hotel. Next time we stay, we’ll be bringing our swimmers and heading up to the rooftop pool!
If you’re staying in one of the Sydney city hotels with your family, definitely check out the Powerhouse Museum, IMAX Theatre Sydney, Sydney Sea Life Aquarium, National Maritime Museum, Sydney Wild Life Zoo, Sydney Exhibition Centre and the Qantas Credit Union Arena.
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Disclosure: we were kindly given a stay in exchange for our honest Novotel Sydney Central Hotel review.