Guidance needed, partial to Accor properties, MEL & SYD...

By NJDavidA | Jul 08, 2017, 01:15 PM

Heading to MEL & SYD in Nov, could use info on Accor near city center; 3*+ locations. /Columbia U. (NYC) U. Admin Thx! 

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By markpk | Jul 08, 2017, 06:16 PM
Both Sydney and Melbourne are large cities so to really tap into our knowledge I'd encourage you to share what parts of the city centre you need to frequent

Accor has a lot of properties in both cities so either log into your Accor account or use Google Maps to work out where they are.

  • The premium brands are Pullman, M Gallery, and Sofitel - multiple properties in both cities. 
  • Novotel, Grand Mecure, and Sebel are mid-tier - 3.5* to 4* - robust but dependable. 
  • Ibis and Mecure are there budget brands - don't expect too much! 

Also think about whether you want to talk to destinations, use public transport or rely on taxi's. Melbourne is flat and has trams everywhere. Sydney is hilly but astute use of trains and your feet will get you around well enough

Final note - it will be really starting to warm up!

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By Dredgy | Jul 08, 2017, 09:34 PM
In MEL the Sofitel is fantastic. Used to work there and stayed there many times since. 

Sydney the Novotel Darling harbour is good but not the best location, the adjoining hotel (Ibis I think) is fine too. Don't like the Sofitel there as much.
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By Andrew Barkery | Jul 09, 2017, 01:04 AM
Ibis Hotel near Queen Victoria Markets, ask for range of any floors, in rooms 07, very quiet.

Rooms have kitchenettes with microwave ovens.

Close to transport too.

Not cheap, but good.

Mercure Welcome also good.

Ibis on Little Bourke (if still in Accor) is very close to Southern Cross.

Ibis Budget is the el cheapo, no points earnt in Le Accor, but very reasonable.

In Sydney, the Ibis on the other side of Darling Harbour is also very good, not cheap though.

Mercure in the city centre, near Hyde Park is closer to the trains.

There is an Ibis Budget at Sydney Airport, a bit far from anything, but close to the 400 bus that can take you to Mascot station to get the train around.

Overall, the Ibis Budget is best, cheap, and while its like a modern prison cell, I do like it, have stayed at several of them.

When I need an upscale, the normal Ibis hasn't disappointed.

The Grand Mercure and Sebel are the $$$$.

Edit: if you want to earn Le Accor points, book direct on the Accor website.

For the lower scale, earns are about 0.88 points per USD$, upper its about 1.66 points.

Per 10 stays of about 1 or 2 nights, and points don't expire if you keep your account active, and I have gotten some rewards, ie, few dollars off a booking.

Last edited by Andrew Barkery at Jul 09, 2017, 01.10 AM.
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By NJDavidA | Jul 09, 2017, 02:26 PM
Thank you so much...  Accor properties are consistent in value and scope, the point el too. My research shows that both are full of interesting points and activities w/ transportation resources, excellent! Some Accor spots (most are reasonable $) seem to be near MEL SYD city centres too. Any suggestions for spots to visit outside the cities?   *thx  NJDavidA
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By Andrew Barkery | Jul 09, 2017, 02:48 PM
Sovereign Hill for the gold rush experience.  That nightly show might be worth a one see experience.  Not sure if you can get a bus back to Melbourne that night after the show.  Called Blood on the Southern Cross.
Mt Baw Baw, but by then the snow would most likely have all melted.  You could try Hotham just for the experience.  Both need a Vline train ticket and then a bus.
In Sydney, maybe a night up in the Blue Mountains?
Melbourne city and Sydney city, maybe a days worth of walking or using visitors Myki (Myki explorer) $15 includes $9 travel money and $6 card fee, good for travel in zone 1, can add more $.
City circle tram is free, and there is also the free tram zone, bounded by Spring, Flinders, ((edit), Harbourfront and I think Latrobe St).
And the Explorer bus tours (hop on hop off bus) for Sydney.
 
Last edited by Andrew Barkery at Jul 09, 2017, 02.50 PM.
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By MelbFlyer | Jul 10, 2017, 12:12 PM
The Como in South Yarra (Melbourne) is a great little boutique hotel! In Sydney I'd stick to the MGallery brand and stay at The Rocks hotel which is also a small boutique hotel. You could try the new Sofitel in Sydney Darling Harbour as it will have just oppened and looks great!
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By Gaddon | Jul 10, 2017, 05:36 PM
On the mid level scale, in Melbourne, I use Best Western Princes Park.  It's not in the centre but is right on one of the all night tram routes.  They have apartments, basic rooms etc with a good internet.  For myself, regularly flying in from the UK, I also like that they set my room up for me with either aircon or heating ready when I let them know I'm coming. I have to say I am biased as I've been using this hotel for many years.  They have even been willing to look after my luggage when I've headed off somewhere for a couple of days, very helpful when I have a suitcase full of training equipment and not wanting to pay for the extra suitcases when flying.  Also, as it's family run, I have built up a relationship so when flight or travel timing causes problems they are willing to help when they can.
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By boris45 | Jul 10, 2017, 05:51 PM
Mercure or Pullman at Albert Park or Pullman on the Park in Melbourne have been recent stays. All are good and very close to train/tram/bus transport.
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