I’m thrilled to start up a whole new blog category. There are so many great places to stay in Sydney and I’m just the person to write about them.
First up is a lovely boutique hotel on gorgeous Cremorne Point. When owner Jean-Claude Branch asked if I’d like to come and stay to check the place out, it took me about a nanosecond to hit reply.
I adore Cremorne Point and I’ve had some really great times there, both when I was young, free and single and with the family. It’s a terrific base from which to explore our harbour city.
I stayed with my son Dexbox, who was turning 13 the next day, so this was a special birthday treat for him. Shhh, don’t tell, but it was a massive treat for me too. See photo of the amazing bath below.
Cremorne Point Manor – Seven Things You’ll Love About Staying Here
1. Location, Location
A 10-minute and very scenic ferry trip to Circular Quay is one of the Point’s great attractions. But there’s also lots to do in this peninsular suburb too. There’s a gorgeous walk around the point, a good playground, great picnic spots and even a lighthouse. Then there’s one of Sydney’s best-kept secrets, the idyllic MacCallum Pool, read my previous post about it here.
2. The Hotel’s Character and A Sense of History
Cremorne Point Manor has been used as a hotel since it was built in the 19th century. It’s federation style is very appealling, the hotel really feels like a grand old mansion.
3. Great Variety of Rooms – and Costs
We stayed in one of the more deluxe rooms, and it was fab. There are also deluxe rooms with harbour views, very lovely. There’s a family suite too, see below. The smaller rooms are small, and have shared bathrooms, but there’s noting wrong with that. The prices for these rooms are low so they make a great option for budget travellers who want to enjoy a fantastic location.
4. Terrific Family Suite
There are two separate rooms in this suite with a queen bed in one and a bunk and single bed in the other. There’s an ensuite bathroom too. Fantastic for families, and the breakfast room is very family friendly too with high chairs and a hard foor rather than carpet.
5. A Personal Touch
With a small, boutique hotel like this you will be looked after well. There’s nothing impersonal about it, quite refreshing after a few stays in the big, very corporate city hotels. The managers have time to give you advice and help you out with tours and sight-seeing ideas and advice. They care. And wifi is free, which I really, really appreciated.
6. The Art Works
Each rooms has some really interesting and unusual art works and there are several dotted around the corridor walls too. Just a wee visual extra that I found very pleasant.
7. Great Things To Do Nearby
As well as all the delights of Cremorne Point, Taronga Zoo is just across the bay, Manly is along and round and across the water a bit. If you have a car this is a terrific base from which to explore Sydney. And whilst I think about it, it was easy to find a street park, which is free, you can’t say that about many hotels in Sydney! If you’re using public transport you will find the ferries are best for travelling around, and such a beautiful and restful way to move around Sydney Harbour.
Cremorne Point Manor has an excellent website with heaps on information on the rooms available, prices and a short video tour of the hotel. www.cremornepointmanor.com.au/
Cremorne Point Manor’s Restoration
Current owner Jean-Claude Branch bought the building seven years ago and has transformed it from a shabby 2-star to a lovely 4-star guesthouse. Jean-Claude has a background in finance and no background in hotels.
He says: ‘But I wanted to create a hotel from my experiences around the world. somewhere that is both comfortable and homely, and somewhere where we don’t charge for every extra.’
The old building was more or less gutted. Wwe added the back area, re-did every room and bathroom. We won the HMAA (Hotel Motel Association of Australia) best renovation 2008.for NSW of which I’m very proud.’
I asked whether any more changes are planned?
‘Always, it’s never a finished product, I try to obtain feedback from all my guests to see what they want, hence we have really nice beds, silent fridges (yes they truly are completely silent). and soon we will be improving the sound travel between floors. At the end of the day one needs a good night’s sleep and I want to try and provide the best sleep, a nice breakfast in the morning and a lovely homely environment.’
Jean-Clause adds: ‘We have local sulphur crested cockatoos which come for multiple daily feeds. It’s little things like this which make the Manor a unique place to stay. We want to be like your home away from home.’
I’ll just finish on a very personal note. That amazing circular spa bath was a real treat, but the biggest and most delightful part of the experience for me was that we woke up at 9am.
That’s unheard of for me and for Dex. 9am!! Perhaps the first time I have woken at that time in 15 years of motherhood. I don’t even bother setting alarms as I am ALWAYS awake at 6.30am or so, whether the twinnies wake me up or not.
9am – imagine. The beds really are super comfortable, and this is a very quiet and peaceful location.
So there you go, big ticks all round from Dex and myself. We’d like to thank Jean-Claude for initing us to stay and the hotel staff for making our stay a pleasure.
I took so many photos that I will put up another post with them.
Where’s your favourite place to stay in Sydney?