We have been travelling across the world for some time now and we are still blown away by our own beautiful city. Living in Sydney all our lives, we really do think it is a beautiful city with a real elegance. Sure Melbourne is hip and cool with thriving restaurants, but I am here to tell you that Sydney has a culture all of its own.
Recently, we spent the weekend in Surry Hills in Sydney at Cambridge Hotel and once again were amazed at how much fun we can have in a city we have known and loved for many years.
The hotel is in the upper part of Surry Hills and closer to the buzzing Oxford Street which makes it extremely accessible for finding local restaurants or catching cabs to other locations across the city.
We were eagerly welcomed by Raj at the front desk and were taken through all the incidentals of the hotel. Sometimes these can be dull and boring but Raj made sure we were well-informed from the start and knew all about the Hotel and what could be organised for us during our stay.
Upon arrival to our room we realised that we had been placed in the best room in the Hotel with 180 degree view of the city skyline. It was just getting on dusk and the city lights glistened below, while cars wizzed by. The room was clean and inviting and had a certain business appeal to it. We were staying in the a suite and it was quite spacious with our own lounge and flat screen television.
Some of the cooler features was a radio that had a dock for your iPod or iPhone which made it easy for charging and playing our own selection of music which we thought was a unique touch to this trendy city hotel room.
As always when we arrive in a room we run directly to the mini bar to see what is available and to check out the ludicrous prices. Elise and I often go through the usual banter of what people would pay for the items in the fridge. We were surprised to see that the prices on the mini bar items were extremely reasonable. A Crown Larger was only $4.50, that is unheard of and we were a little taken back by the generosity of this inner city hotel.
Next on our hit list was the bathroom and we were pleasantly surprised with the spacious shower and bath.
Raj from the front desk recommended a few eateries around the corner and we took him up on eating at a Thai restaurant located on the lower part of Oxford Street. We had both had a busy week and we were considering going out to a bar for a couple of drinks, but we decided to reside back to our comfortable accommodation and laze around all night watching the cable television included in our room. The following night was going to be busy and we needed all the rest we could get.
There is always something special about waking up after a good night sleep and the sheets were as crisp as the night before when we entered the bed. Waking up at the Cambridge Hotel was no different and we just needed to get all the comfort we could so we both rolled over and slept in till 10am to get the most out of ‘munchie‘ double bed.
We stumbled down to the dining room just in time for breakfast and swiftly loaded our plates up with the buffet breakfast of bacon, eggs, beans, tomato and the usual breakfast fare.
We had a busy day planned ahead and we spent the morning wandering around Surry Hills and walking down Crown street and people watching. This one of our favourite past times and Surry Hills is the perfect place to do it. The streets are filled with arty eccentric types of people and on Saturdays there are loads of markets where you can pick up some reinvented vintage items for sale. We grabbed a coffee from the local Bean Temple coffee shop and walked all the way from Surry Hills to Darling Harbour.
After a big day of walking we had a Degustation Meal planned at a local spanish restaurant and we wanted to get a quick afternoon cat nap before heading out. We grabbed 30 minute rest on our lounge and watched some music videos on channel V and we were on our way again to enjoy dinner.
Our dinner ran longer than expected and we gorged ourselves on a delicious 5 course Spanish menu, we stuck around for one extra glass of wine and were then on to Newtown to watch one our favourite new emerging artists, Dallas Frasca play at a pub. Come 1.30am it was time to grab a pie whilst waiting for a cab and we couldn’t wait to return to Cambridge Hotel to rest our weary heads. It was a joy to have a piping hot shower and slide into a comfortable bed after the exhaustingly busy day we had.
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at Cambridge Hotel, although there were a few mishaps during our stay, we do believe this came down to a lack of communication between departments. It is annoying sometimes to have to explain yourself a number of times to staff members, when a simply memo could have be sent to all departments. Other than the communication issue we enjoyed the hotel and what it provided and we would consider staying there again when staying in the city.