Perfect for the traveller and a great family friendly hotel. The Novotel Sydney International (formerly Mercure) is one of the closest hotels to the International airport (only 1km!). You’ll notice upon entering the lobby that flight times are shown on screens, and you’ll also see a luggage scale and easy shuttles to the airport ($8.50) which makes for the perfect choice on your stopover.
A large 4 star hotel with 271 well-appointed rooms with a health and environmental focus, it is clear they’ve thought of everything in their recent renovations. This hotel also attained an award of excellence at the Tourism Accomodation Australia awards for the redeveloped / refurbished hotel of the year for 2019 and we can certainly see why. The rooms are clean, comfortable and the lobby in particular feels fresh and on trend. The reception has 24/7 staffing and we’re checked in by Neelam and she was absolutely delightful, eager to please and made the check in process easy and friendly.
The room is available in different options; superior, deluxe, executive and family rooms. They have black out curtains, double glazed windows and off the flight path so the hotel is quiet and we had a good nights sleep here. In part, due to the fact that the rooms honestly had one of the comfiest beds we’ve slept in at a hotel. You normally find that they are super hard and it is hard to get a good night’s sleep. Here, they have just the right amount of firmness and were super comfy. You can also call the reception and even get the perfect pillow for you, whether it be hard, soft, for comfort or support, feather down or hypoallergenic latex or V-shaped, it’s as easy as that. They certainly understand we all need a good night’s sleep after a long flight.
Workspace – the room has a small desk, lamp and swivel chair as well as in room wi-fi if you need to get some work done whilst here. You don’t hear the noise from the airport or traffic so it is possible not to get distracted at all.
Appliances – perfect for the traveller, the room has a hairdryer, iron and ironing board, bag for laundry service and an in-room safe.
Health focus – at the Novotel, they understand that the constant traveller may be in need of some balance in their lives. One of the channels on tv is called ‘inbalance’ and surfer Sally Fitzgibbon runs a 30 minute exercise/stretching session to follow in the comfort of your own room. The inbalance menu has some healthy options that are nutritious, focusing on low fat and low sugar meals for room service as well. You can also treat yourself to a rejuvenating massage in the comfort and privacy of your own room – there’s a brochure with prices in your room.
The hotel also has a gym and outdoor/rooftop pool in an adjoining apartment tower. Fitted with exercise bikes, treadmills, exercise balls, kettlebells, floor mats and weights, so you can get that daily workout in.
The gym is airconditioned and is beside the pool, so you can have a dip before or after your session.
Environmental focus – we love that the hotel focuses on the environment. The bathroom has products that are fair trade and made with cane sugar from Paraguay. The bathroom has natural soap, shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion. They also encourage you to re-hang your towels unless you want them replaced.
Meeting spaces – suitable for business meetings, since there’s 11 conference rooms and also a grand dining ballroom.
Dining and bars – the Marke Kitchen and bar is located within the Novotel Sydney Airport, and if you’re staying in the hotel, there is no need to go any further, for there is a wonderful lounge bar, bar food and a high quality restaurant for lunch and dinner, as well as their buffet breakfast. The styling and menu has been inspired by Sydney’s natural beauty and colourful city life.
The bar area has comfortable lounges, bar tables and is a cool area to catch up for drinks and bar food.
Their menu is focused on using local produce of high quality to produce culturally diverse offerings that reflect a natural and urban lifestyle. Head chef Denny Lohanda greeted us on our visit and we were explained the menu items on offer.
The food here is of an extremely high quality and also perfect for sharing. We’ve written a more extensive blog on the restaurant here if you’re interested in reading more.
The buffet breakfast has all you need. A continental range with fresh juice and plenty of cereals to dispense (including gluten free options).
There’s also fruits, yoghurts, cold meats and cheeses, as well as bircher. So many breads and pastries to choose from, you could really be here all day.
From the hot counter, select from scrambled eggs, bacon, tomato, hash browns, mushrooms and sausages.
Grab yourself a drink, whether it be a juice, tea or coffee from the espresso machine or the barista can make you one too.
After our buffet, we were certainly full and also very relaxed after staying here. We thoroughly recommend this hotel for your stopover for its facilities, comfort factor and excellent staff.
Address – 22 Levey Street
Wolli Creek, NSW, 2205 NSW
Ph – + 612 9518 2000
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