The Wednesday Review – Mecure Hotel, Central Sydney

So, to be truthful to you, I had originally booked another hotel in Sydney that was a heck of a lot cheaper than the Mecure. My pocket tells me I shouldn’t have changed, but the truth is I booked it really early knowing it was free to cancel up to a few days before the booking, so I went with it. Then a few weeks before departure I checked some reviews and well, they were pretty damning and I suddenly wondered how I’d missed them when I’d booked the thing.

From the outside.

From the outside.

When an email turned up from Accor Hotels in my junk mail, it boasted 40% off. So I decided to check it out. The Mecure was discounted from $300 ish a night to $170. I had spent a lot of time researching prices in Sydney and trying to find a happy balance of price versus quality as I couldn’t ask my wife to stay in a dive, shrugged my shoulders and booked the thing. It was a pretty good decision.

Small bathroom.

Small bathroom.

Negatives first. There was an odd smell in the bath room (from the toilet) initially. However, it had gone by the first evening. The room could have been a little bigger, and we’d just stayed at the amazing Park Royal Melbourne Airport the previous night so we were comparing it to that. But beyond that it was hard to fault.

The view from the window.

The view from the window.

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Central Station from the window.

The room was comfortable, adjustable cooling and heating, good curtains, nice view. The bathroom had a bath and a shower. It was clean, mini-bar, and best of all breakfast was included in the package. And WHAT a breakfast. It was a serious buffet breakfast and it was the sort that had me happy to wake up in time for it. Sometimes I won’t really care about missing breakfast, but here I heaped my plate with scrambled eggs, toast, bacon, croissants, sausages and I didn’t even touch most of the options. It was sublime! Most important meal of the day, right? J The restaurant I was pretty happy with as a whole as well, my wife and I both enjoyed a delicious dinner – salmon and for me a steak – at a price that wasn’t over the top too. Mains around $25 – $40.

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The location, a few minutes’ walk from Central Station, perfect! The staff were friendly and helpful. We had no issues at all. Oh, yes, we had to pay for the wifi. This is a real issue in Australian hotels folks, just warning you. Wifi is often on top of you initial bill. I think it was around 6 bucks for 24 hours although I don’t really remember, I’ve seen it over $10 though in some places, and it’s a fair enough bugbear I think. In Europe and Asia, it’s almost always been included in the room cost. And surely it’s not actually a major cost for the hotel. Oh well.

Aside from that, this well located hotel has comfortable rooms and an excellent restaurant. Brilliant breakfast and nice dinner.

Andy’s Ratings:

Value for Money: 3.5/5

Cleanliness: 4/5

Friendliness: 4/5

Noise: 4/5

Location: 5/5

TOTAL: 20.5 / 25 (82/100)

 

Thanks for reading – and May the Journey Never End

4 comments

  • Ahhhh I used to work at a cafe just across the road from this hotel, in Henry Deane Plaza! It’s not there now… but happy memories!! Looks like you had good weather too!!

  • Wow, Australian prices are shocking! Looks nice and comfortable, but still can’t get over the price for what really looks like a 3-star hotel.
    But really the most important things for us when we travel is a comfortable, clean and secure place in a convenient location. We don’t spent time in hotel rooms so a 5-star wasted on us…for that it seems nice.
    Frank (bbqboy)

    • Look personally I’d rather save money and stay somewhere cheaper. This is Sydney of course and it’s the most expensive place in Australia. It was rated four-star. The breakfast was awesome though. Unfortunately for some reason Australia has gone from a cheap place to visit to a very expensive one in about 20 years. at least now our dollar has falled to about 72 US cents it’s not as expensive as it was 2 years back when our dollar was higher than the US.

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