My favourite place to stay in the city is the Sydney Hotel QVB on York Street, directly opposite the Queen Victoria Building. While it is no fancy five star hotel, for someone who appreciates and writes about history as I do, it’s pretty well perfect.
For the best experience my advice is to book an executive room on the 6th floor. Walk out onto the balcony and there at eye level to the left are the gorgeous copper domes of the Queen Vic., framed by skyscrapers. How alarming to think that this stunning building was once in danger of being demolished. We have lost far too much of our architectural history.
Look to the right, and there is the clock tower of the Town Hall, its flag pole juxtaposed with the spire of the contemporary, Art Deco style HSBC building. I love hearing the chiming of the Westminster Quarters, and the hourly tolling of the bell. You can glance over at other times to check your watch. More bells ring out from nearby St Andrew’s Cathedral.
Down below is the city scene of people rushing about and buses and trams criss-crossing George and Park Streets..
To explore further, ride the lift down and walk onto parallel George Street to the QVB tram stop; so convenient for travelling around town. It’s a quick spin down to Circular Quay to visit The Rocks, old Customs House etc.
A short walk away is Macquarie Street, location of The Hyde Park Barracks, The Mint, old Sydney Hospital, Parliament House and the Mitchell Library….Sydney jewels every one. By the way, did you know that there is now a rooftop bar at the Mitchell? 😍🍷🍹
In mid January, during the Festival of Sydney, my partner and I paid just $140 per night for our double room. It wasn’t large, but there was a very comfortable, king size bed and an up-to-date-bathroom (even decent lighting, which can’t always be counted on in hotels. )
The balcony is just large enough to accommodate a couple of chairs and a small table.
Our young associate Editor Des appreciated the complimentary snacks. 😎
Honestly, what more could a lover of history (and Sydney) desire?
UPDATE – I forgot to add that the site of the hotel was the location for the city’s first permanent Synagogue.
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