If you’re going to Sydney, Australia and are looking for a well-located place to stay, let me tell you about The Castlereagh Boutique Hotel that we booked the last time we were in this world-class city. The Castlereagh is on one of Sydney’s major streets and close to many downtown attractions. We have been down and up Castlereagh Street every time we’ve been to Sydney. I bought a replacement wedding ring, in fact, on this street many years ago, but that’s a story for another time.
The Castlereagh Hotel at 169 Castlereagh is one block from Sydney’s Hyde Park where I took the lead photo above. The Pitt Street Mall where we have found affordable dining in an expensive city is down the block and around a corner. It’s a 14 minute walk to the Sydney Tower, and a 25 minute stroll to the main Sydney harbor where visitors can get a ferry to practically anywhere in the area. Ruth & I like to ferry to the original Doyle’s Restaurant in Watson’s Bay. This lively harbor is one of my favorite places on this planet. Add five minutes to your walk and you’re on the steps of the famed Sydney Opera House. We walked to Darling Harbor, another must-see Sydney attraction, where I took the photo below in a special exhibit at the National Maritime Museum.
The Castlereagh Hotel has an unassuming entrance and a 1920s lobby that has received very little alteration over the years. Its 83 rooms have been updated to reflect the fact that it’s now in the Ascend hotel group. We found it a bargain for Sydney. Our room, which was close to public transportation to the airport and a Starbucks, averaged about $160 per night, which is modest for this city. One website offered rooms from $126 to $188 for a deluxe King. The sight from your window will be old-style Sydney buildings from long ago.
The Castlereagh has fine amenities including 2 large business meeting rooms. They were both booked and busy, but we got a look at them because a man at reception arranged a hotel tour for Ruth & me. A wedding was scheduled during our stay. Cellos Grand Dining Room has been elegantly restored. Cafe Reagh was very relaxed. This hotel is a restored, heritage listed property that has a Masonic connection. It is still a Lodge offering special deal for members, but this aspect is downplayed if you’re a regular guest. I would not have been aware of this if we had not taken a tour.
One visitor said this about The Castlereagh, getting it exactly right. This hotel, he said, is “old school but classy”. Amen.