As you will know checking in to a hotel at 7 in the morning is not something you can do, but I had pre warned them that I would be early and I would want to drop the bag off. So I jumped, very tiredly, out of the car and headed in. I was greeted with a very nice and pleasant welcome from the team on reception, and I advised that I would like to drop the bag off and head around town.
However, Jessica asked if I wanted to freshen up (which was a given that I needed to) and said that I could use the shower room to change and make myself feel more human again. She arranged for it to be checked and within 15 minutes I was having the most reviving shower possible.
This was a perfect start to the trip and was a wonderful welcome surprise, something I wish all hotels could do.
After a morning of exploring I headed back to the hotel to check in properly to find my bags had already been taken up to the room and that they had upgraded me as well. Another lovely surprise and when I went in to the room I was delighted, just what I had wanted and the bed was incredibly comfy!
All in all the hotel was just perfect for me. The location was great, just behind Darling Harbour close to all the action and easy to get in to the heart of Sydney, but it was not in a busy location, so the best of both worlds. Pyrmont is a lovely district to explore. The building itself is stunning, the staff amazing and friendly and nothing was too much trouble (despite me asking lots of questions about where to go, explore and eat).
The small bar downstairs was also great, a good happy hour where it would be rude not to have the local fizz at such a bargain price and really nice pots of tea when I just needed a chill out for an hour or so.
I loved the whole stay there.
I knew before I arrived that the hotel was in the running for the Mr & Mrs Smith Best Budget Boutique hotel, which I thought was well deserved. I was lucky to be at the awards ceremony and was delighted to see that they won the award, which is great as the competition would have been very stiff.
If I can get back to Sydney then I know I will be going back to stay there!