Super central Sydney

At last we can share five-star value at three-star prices, right in the middle of the harbour city.

This great find is the very affordable Rydges Sydney Central, opposite Central railway station, and walking distance from the CBD, Darling Harbour and Chinatown. It’s also adjacent to a thriving café precinct in inner city Surry Hills.

This stylish hotel is great for a short or long stay. And at just $251 per couple, Rydges Priority guests (join here for free) can enjoy the ‘Suite Romance’ package*, including sparkling wine on arrival, King Suite accommodation, buffet breakfast at the Rise café, free wifi and a late checkout. 

Non-members can experience the same package for $271. This represents a saving of $118 from the full package cost.

My stay in late October was all I had hoped and more. The recently refurbished suite was simply enormous, with a well-appointed kitchenette and two huge flat screen TVs, in the sitting area and the bedroom. I chose to dine in, with a bowl of Vietnamese Noodle soup from the Naughty Chef restaurant next door. Accompanied by a glass of wine from the mini bar, my meal was about $15 all up – and simply delicious.

Breakfast the following morning was also a great experience, and the new barista knows how to make an excellent latte. The signature ‘Rise’ breakfast is a buffet offering freshly squeezed juice shots, individually prepared smoothies and juice blends, and healthy fruit and cereal options, as well as eggs cooked to order. Staff were also very tolerant when my breakfast became an extended two-hour coffee break.

Whether you are visiting Sydney in early 2015 for business, sightseeing or a naughty weekend, the ‘Suite Romance’ package offers the best value in town. Undercover parking makes it ideal for travellers arriving by car, and it’s just 14 minutes from the airport by train for those who arrive by air.


Ph (02) 9289 0000

*The ‘Suite Romance’ package is subject to availability and prices can vary according to dates booked, until June 2015.

Written by Kaye Fallick