Saturday 24th March, 2018

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Coogee, Sydney

This 4.5 star hotel is one of our favourites. Overlooking Coogee Beach and just a 15 minute drive from the center of the City of Sydney. 207 rooms, mostly with balconies looking out over the Indian Ocean, the hotel swimming pool and spa (or depending on where you're from, the whirlpool or Jacuzzi). On check-in we went straight to our room on the fourth floor. There are about seven floors of accommodation in the building. The hotel originally opened as a Holiday Inn but was upgraded to a Crowne Plaza in the early 2000s. The room was spacious and housed two double beds. The white curtains enhanced the view of the ocean, which was spectacular. The balcony, whilst not over-sized, was quite adequate, tiled and had sufficient outdoor furniture for two people. There was plenty of drawer space and a large screen stereo television. Maginet movies were available at a charge, whilst cable TV including CNN was also available. The refrigerator was well stocked with liquor and confectionary. 187.5 mil bottles of wine were $8, mini spirits (scotch and bourbon) were $9.50, vodka and rum $6.50, beers $5 to $6, soft drinks $3.30 and mineral water $3.90.

Tea and coffee making facilities were provided complimentary and an ice bucket was on hand although we didn't see any ice machines anywhere.

In the quite spacious wardrobes there were more drawers and extra pillows and blankets.

The bathroom was quite compact with good bench space. There was not a lot of room to manoeuvre. A hair dryer was provided and a full size bath which housed the shower as well. Another good thing about the bathrooms was that there were plenty of lights.

We tried the restaurant for breakfast. The restaurant, which overlooks the ocean on the ground floor adjacent to the reception and a terrific cocktail bar, appeared to have buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We found the buffet fantastic. There is an outdoor terrace which adjoins the main dining area where you can sip a coffee, look at the morning newspaper (complimentary) and soak up the sun and the surf. The variety of foods, both cold and hot, was as good as anywhere we have been and the service, as it was throughout the hotel ,was very friendly.

On the ground floor you can now access the beach and other areas of the hotel via a stairway leading out the front of the hotel. This is a new, and very welcoming addition, since our last stay. Downstairs is the gym which has a number of machines and weights, and wet and dry saunas. On the Saturday morning a couple of jockeys came in for the sauna to prepare for race day, nearby at Randwick.

Also in the downstairs area is the Oceanic Bar, named after the former Oceanic Hotel where the Crowne Plaza now stands.

The stay at the hotel was relaxing and enjoyable. The hotel leads out to the esplanade and some interesting walks all up and down the ocean front. The beach is one of the best in Sydney, and there are a variety of restaurants, cafes and taverns dotted all over the township, which is only steps away.

This is a hotel that has a lot going for it and for trips to Sydney for leisure it is a worthwhile alternative to the city hotels.


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