The Novotel Darling Harbour: Family-Friendly Sydney Hotel with Pool and Tennis Court

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The Novotel by night, shot taken from the east side of Darling Harbour, not by me sadly!

As part of a series of posts on family-friendly Sydney hotels, let me show you around the Novotel Sydney Darling Harbour where I recently had a tour.

Novotel is a reliable family brand, there are always, always great activities for kids, a kids’ corner, plus healthy menus and in-room activities.

What makes the Novotel at Darling Harbour extra good is location, location, location.

 If you are in a hurry check dates and prices for the Novotel Sydney Darling Harbour here

Whilst the Novotel isn’t exactly right inside Darling Harbour, it’s just across a road and train tracks, a very short walk away.

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Lovely view from the pool area to Harbourside Shopping Centre and across Darling Harbour

You can cross the walkway close to the hotel entrance (just through the car park) which goes direct into Harbourside Shopping centre. Alternatively you can go down in the lift and across the tracks and road into Darling Harbour, close to the International Convention Centre Sydney.

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All the joys of Darling Harbour are across the road, the building you can see on the left is the Sofitel which is a  five star hotel right in Darling Harbour. It’s gorgeous but it hasn’t got such great kids’ facilities as the Novotel. The building on the right is the Convention Centre.
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Each Novotel has a kids only space, here you can see the TV and games and comfy chairs. This is beside the Trenery Restaurant.
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The Novotel’s rooftop tennis court. This is the only hotel in central Sydney which has its own tennis court.
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The pool looking towards Pyrmont, on a quiet day!
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Much more glam shot of the pool looking towards Darling Harbour, there is a fence now though. Photo supplied by Novotel
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The restaurant at the Novotel is the Trenery, nice outside seating as well as the stylish interior
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The Trenery, I do like the ‘Game of Thrones’ style. You can see the outside seating beyond, that’s where I’d go with my kids
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The kids menu at the Trenery
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The gym at the Novotel, for over 16s only; love the outdoors gym equipment, exercise with a view

Rooms and Suites at the Novotel Sydney Darling Harbour

There are 525 rooms at the Novotel, 441 standard/superior rooms and 72 executive rooms and junior suites.  There are some two bedroom loft suites. All rooms are being refreshed in 2018.

Half of the rooms face Darling Harbour and the other look back over Pyrmont.  Half of the rooms can interconnect. Rooms can be configured with one queen bed or two double beds.

Prices vary a great deal by season, ranging anywhere from $200 per night upwards.  Sydney hotel rooms are in great demand at the moment so all hotels are costly.

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Rooms are spacious at the Novotel, a boon with kids
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Twin double bed configuration

For convenience, comfort and location, the Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour makes a great option for families.

Address: 100 Murray Street, Pyrmonth NSW 2009

Phone: +61 2 9288 7180

The Novotel is a four and a half star hotel.

Check here for prices and availability.

Regular special deals might offer free breakfast and family packages which give discounted tickets to local attractions,. It’s well worth giving the hotel a ring and asking for their best price and about extras.

Have you stayed at the Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour yourself?

We just did a tour, but think it looks great for families, if pricey.

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