Hotel Review, Meriton Suites Sussex Street (Sydney, Australia)
Date Stayed: 28/08/2019 to 29/08/2019 (1 Night)
Sydney has become one of the most travelled to destinations in Australia, from relaxing on Bondi Beach to climbing the Blue Mountains, there is so much to see and do in just one city. Along with an abundance of things to do, there is also an extensive choice when it comes to accommodation.
One of the largest hotel operators in New South Wales is the Meriton Group, trading under Meriton Suites. They operate across fifteen different locations around New South Wales and last week we saw a new hotel pop up on the Sydney scene. The Meriton Suites Sussex Street becomes the brands nineteen location across the east coast of Australia.
This brand-new hotel is located in the heart of the Sydney CBD and the Darling Harbour precinct, offering guests breathtaking views of Darling Harbour, apartment style suites along with an easily accessible location for both business and leisure travellers.
If you are after luxurious accommodation without the luxurious price tag the Meriton Suites Sussex Street will become your next go to destination.
As soon as I arrived into Sydney I made my way straight to the hotel directly from the Domestic Terminal, utilising the convenient Airport Link train. The train operates every 15 minutes and takes you directly into the city in less than 20 minutes. The Airport Link transports passengers to Town Hall Station, stopping at various stations along the route.
From Town Hall Station you would need to make the short journey to the hotel on foot, but don’t stress, its only a 300m walk and it’s all downhill which is a bonus!
Once you exit Town Hall Station head left onto Druitt Street towards Darling Harbour, you will cross over Kent Street in the process. Once you get to the second intersection you will be on Sussex Street, turn right at the traffic lights and in less than 50 steps you will be at the hotel.
As soon as you step through the front doors you will be immediately blown away by the massive five story lobby area. Lush green planter boxes are filled with an abundance of plants smothered by natural light flowing through from the huge floor to ceiling windows on the building’s facade.
The spectacular lobby area was designed to embrace the history of the original historic warehouse district where the hotel now stands. There are lots of seating areas to relax in and enjoy the view outside.
Check in opens at 2pm, I arrived slightly ahead of schedule and my room was already available. Melodie served me at the front desk, she was extremely friendly and welcoming. It made me feel like I was a regular customer, by providing such a warm genuine welcome.
The check in process was simple and straight forward, you will need one form of photo ID – Drivers licence or passport is fine, as well as a credit card to process the room payment on.
There are six lifts located in the lobby, at check in the staff will direct you to your dedicated lifts. Using the lift is extremely easy and straight forward, all you have to do is swipe your key card on the reader and it will select you floor automatically and direct you to the next available carriage.
I was assigned room 902, on the hotels 9th level. I booked a One Bedroom Darling Harbour suite, the room that I was assigned was a corner view room which provided me with a panoramic view looking out towards the harbour.
When you first walk into the room, the first thing you notice is just how large the room is compared with other nearby hotels. The large floor to ceiling windows immediately capture your attention and draws your eyes out to the view.
The biggest benefit to staying in apartment style accommodation is that it’s all self-containable. In each of the suites there is a full sized, fully equipped and extremely handy kitchen area.
The kitchen has been finished off in a high gloss finish on both the draws and cupboards, the splash back is a mirrored surface making the space feel much larger than it looks as well as providing guests with a view of the harbour through the large windows behind. Stainless steel appliances tie in with the space adding to the sense of luxury and high quality.
A full-sized fridge and freezer allow guests to easily store food, ice-cream and drinks while your out exploring Sydney. A microwave, oven and a gas cook top provide you with a range of options to prepare your meal in.
Tea and coffee is provided complimentary with an in-room Vittoria Espressotoria coffee pod machine, there is a full section of teas to choose from.
Of course, when you’re on holidays you don’t want to be crowding around a sink washing coffee cups and scrubbing last night dishes…
Luckily there is a dishwasher located below the sink, allowing guests to load in their dishes and let the machine do the work.
A marble bench top adds to the luxurious feeling of the apartment.
There is an abundance of storage space above the sink with the cupboards housing all the glassware, plates and bowls. Next to the oven there are a selection of pots and saucepans to use. Cutlery, cooking utensils and other items are all located in the draws next to the oven.
Being a newly opened hotel, everything was still brand new and didn’t look like any of the appliances had been used yet.
Adjacent to the kitchen is a small laundry area, home to a top loader washing machine and a tumble dryer. The Meriton has everything covered with laundry detergent and clothes baskets provided.
There is a small dining table in the main living area which can seat up to three people.
The hotels theme is portrayed extremely well throughout the apartment, with large marble looking tiles lining the floor through throughout the common areas.
The lounge area is extremely comfortable with a large two-seater couch along with an emerald coloured chair accented by gold legs.
A large coffee table and side table offers more than enough space to place your laptop on if your getting some work done, as well as adequate space to spread out various items and still leave enough room to fit a coffee or dinner on.
A full HD Television is mounted on the wall and has access to both local television channels and pay/cable channels.
Sitting below the television on the TV unit is the hotels directory, outlining all the facilities that the Meriton offers as well as useful information relating to your suite. A notepad, pen, information guide and room service menus are also found in the compendium.
The room seems to be lacking a speaker, there is nothing in the room that you can pair your phone with and play music through. If you are after the radio you are limited to the small clock radio next to the bed which doesn’t provide the best sound quality.
As the name suggests, being a One Bedroom Apartment there is one bedroom. The bedroom features a bold emerald coloured bed head, tying in with the colour scheme seen in the living area. The dark coloured carpet on the floor directs your line of sight immediately outside to the view of Darling Harbour.
A large, comfortable king-sized bed provides an excellent, undisturbed night sleep with plenty of pillows.
Each apartment is completely sound proof with no noises being heard from outside my room throughout my stay.
Next to each side of the bed are small side tables where you can easily sit your mobile phone, water bottle or tablet on. There is a lamp on each side which can be individually controlled, but the clock radio is located on the left side of the bed.
As mentioned above the clock radio provides access to AM and FM band radio stations, but unfortunately the sound quality is extremely poor.
There is a second television in the bedroom mounted on the wall. On the remote control there are shortcut buttons to Netflix and YouTube, but they are just for decoration purposes, neither of the TV’s in my apartment were connected to the internet.
The hotel also offers free WIFI to all their guests throughout the hotel, it can be accessed 24/7 and you will need to log in with your booking details to access the complimentary internet.
The bedroom offers a large twin-door wardrobe with two separate clothes rails, coat hangers, loads of storage space, an iron, ironing board and your own personal in room safe.
The bedroom has its own individually controlled heating and cooling system that can be adjusted to a temperature of your choice. The unit is extremely quiet and will not disrupt you during the night if it is left on. Apart from the bedroom the main living area and kitchen shares a secondary heating and cooling unit which can be adjusted on its own.
The bathroom is located to the left as you first walk through the door. The marble look tiles flow straight through into the bathroom and becomes one of the main features on the wall. The large floor to ceiling tiles, built in toilet, natural timber shelves and the marble counter tops also help continue within the luxury theme portrayed in other areas.
One disappointment was the lack of bench space in the bathroom, you are very restricted with a place to store your toiletries, hair dryer or hair straightener. Instead you are having left to rest them either on top of the vanity unit or manoeuvre then around the basin.
Bathroom amenities are proved, offering body lotion, body wash, shampoo and conditioner. I didn’t notice a hair dryer anywhere at all in the bathroom at all throughout my stay, but needless to say I could have missed it.
There is a large walk in shower with a detachable shower head, another lacking item in the bathroom was any hooks to hang any clothes on.
One extremely handy inclusion in the bathroom was the installation of a night light. We have all been there when during the night you have to go to the bathroom and end up getting blinded by the bright lights. The Meriton Suites Sussex Street has a handy switch which illuminates a soft light so you’re are not blinded when you turn on the light.
Two large framed photos help break up the blank space, highlighting prominent local Sydney landmarks.
A huge bonus to this apartment was the inclusion of a separate semi-detached balcony area just behind the main living area. This section offers beautiful floor to ceiling windows allowing you to sit back and relax while taking in the views of Darling Harbour.
The balcony area is fully enclosed but you do have the ability to open the windows and allow fresh are to flow through to your suite. There are also two windows in the living area and one in the bedroom which can be opened as much as you choose too.
The addition of a few extra comforts such as a Bluetooth speaker, improved sound quality from the bedside clock radio, the ability to mirror your mobile screen to the TV and also the ability to set the climate control system below 21oC would all help make this property one of the best in Sydney.
Apart from those minor issues my stay at the Meriton Suites Sussex Street was an extremely enjoyable one. The hardest part was definitely having to check out just after one night, if I could stay here for a few more days it would have been perfect. After all, we all have to return back to work and can’t be on holidays forever.
I couldn’t help but notice that there were still a few minor tweaks that could be addressed. During my stay two of my windows were locked and reception didn’t have access to the keys being a Sunday night.
There’s no doubting that the lobby will impress you as soon as you walk through the front doors. A huge commendation needs to be given to the staff at the front desk. They are some of the best I have come across in ages and helped make my experience at the Meriton Suites Sussex Street an enjoyable and memorable one.
The apartment style accommodation will surprise you in so many ways, and I’m sure it will soon become you new go to accommodation location in Sydney. It’s perfect for business and leisure travellers alike and the larger two and three-bedroom apartments are the perfect choice for families and groups travelling together.
Reception was empty at the time of checking out and there was no wait at all. There was no trouble in leaving my bags at the front desk while I went out and explored Sydney before flying out later that evening.
The room was extremely modern and the facilities that the Meriton offers is everything you could imagine and so much more.
The Meriton Suites Sussex Street is definitely a much-welcomed addition to the Meriton Group’s portfolio and I’m sure everyone that was involved would be incredibly proud of how it turned out.
Disclaimer: All the reviews are simply a summary of my experience and opinions from my own point of view.
Unless stated, all of the flights, accommodation and experiences are paid for by myself as a self-funded frequent flyer.
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