Now I had not walked around in Central for many, many years, so when an offer came to check out the newly refurbished Mercure Central Hotel, I jumped at the chance.
A bunch of travel writers were given a tour of the hotel, plus a guided walk around the area – another post on that to come.
I used to be around Central a fair bit, catching trains, meeting people from trains and walking from Darling Harbour to Chippendale, Surry Hills and surrounds.
Well, it’s changed a lot in the past 20 years I can tell you.
But back to the Mercure, it’s also changed a lot. All 517 rooms have been refurbished and the entire hotel has had a face lift. The hotel serves a mix of business and leisure travellers, and below I’ll make a few points about how it caters to families.
The Mercure Central For Families
Well, the hotel is a 4-star hotel. Prices vary depending on the time of year but it’s generally going to be a much more economical option that hotels on the harbour or at Darling Harbour.
Central is so central: the hotel is right by the station so getting around the city is made very easy.
Darling Quarter with its great playground and cafes is just a short walk away… plus all the other delights of Darling Harbour of course.
Chinatown is also just a short walk away.
Standard rooms have either a queen bed or two doubles. So if your kids are little and will fit in a double, that’s the one for you.
The De Luxe rooms have a queen bed and a sofa bed so can also work well for families too.
The hotel has a swimming pool and gym on the top floor, and family-friendly cafes and restaurants.
The lovely Prince Alfred Park is very close by, with its snazzy swimming pool and delightfully eccentric playground.
Here follows some photos of the hotel – all the glam ones were provided by the hotel… as if you wouldn’t guess that.
So if you’re looking for a place to stay in Sydney, do check out the Mercure Central. It won’t break the bank, especially if you take up one of the Family Fun Offers. It’s close to the city’s transport hubs and just a short walk from many attractions.
Hope you enjoyed the nosey around this Sydney hotel. I‘m hoping to bring more posts like this to the blog next year.
Which Sydney hotel would you recommend for families?