Harbour Rocks Hotel Sydney MGallery by Sofitel
What We Love
- Less than a 10-minute walk from the Sydney Harbor Bridge and other major attractions
- The hotel's private terrace is an oasis of greenery in the heart of the city
- Unique building dates from 1887 but was completely renovated in 2011
What To Know
- There's no elevator in this heritage-listed building, but the staff will happily get your luggage to and from your room using the suitcase-size dumbwaiter
- The reception and hotel bar share the same space, which can get crowded at times
- WiFi comes at a hefty cost of $18.50 per day if it's not included in your room package
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
A mashup of historical and modern. Originally the site of Sydney’s first hospital, a recent renovation updated the hotel with latest technology set against the original sandstone and brick walls. The cozy lobby encourages lingering, with a fully stocked bookcase filling one wall and a bar in the corner. The courtyard terrace overlooking Nurses Walk offers guests the perfect spot to relax and unwind outdoors.
Bed and Bath
As a result of being in a heritage-listed building, each of the 59 guestrooms has a unique layout. Rooms in the Heritage class can be small, whereas Studio Suites offer plenty of space to spread out and relax — including a plush sofa that pulls out into a Double bed. The dark brick walls are lightened by large windows that let in the sun and crisp white linens on the beds, and modern bathrooms come stocked with luxury toiletries from Appelles.
Scarlett restaurant is a destination for hotel guests and Sydney residents alike and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Eric’s Bar is the place to unwind with a local wine and some tapas, or, if you’re in need of a pick-me-up, a freshly made espresso. The pretty HRH Dining Room also provides a private event space for groups of up to 12 people.
In the Area
The historic Rocks neighborhood, after which the hotel is named, dates back to the 1780s. The centrally located area is perfect for those who want to walk everywhere; it’s right next to the Museum of Contemporary Art as well as the bars and restaurants that line the ‘hood’s cobblestone streets. The iconic Sydney sights of the Opera House and Harbor Bridge are about a 10-minute walk. The waterfront is practically at the hotel’s doorstep, offering easy access to ferries and sightseeing trips, as well as scenic views.
How to Get There
We stayed at this boutique hotel for 3 nights before our cruise. The hotel is in a perfect location-Easy to walk anywhere including walking to our cruise ship! Bridget was everywhere-front desk, serving drinks, helping when the restaurant was short handed for breakfast! The lobby bar was pleasant, breakfast in the basement restaurant (after the first morning) was fresh and ample.
The bad? Well, we knew there was no elevator. What we didn’t realize was that our room would be 3 1/2 flights of stairs up! The basement restaurant was an additional flight of stairs. We managed-however I would never recommend this hotel for older or handicapped guests! Our room was pleasant, comfy bed. Our bathroom left a lot to be desired! The shelf over the sink make washing your face a danger! The shower was so small with a glass door that you had to enter and exit sideways pressing up against the glass-yuck! I thought I was going to get stuck in there!
Overall we enjoyed our stay, I just don’t think I’d choose to stay here again.
We checked in today and have been disappointed from the moment we opened the door to our room.
Large room small bed.
Three teabags, only one English Breakfast
Lack of power-points, a power board screwed under desk!
Bathroom has minimal bench space and when you bend over basin to wash your face you hit the shelf above the basin. Only one cake of soap. Grouting stained.
Window screwed shut in a very unprofessional manner.
Parking $50 per day not on site.
Bar is an extension of check in desk!
We understand location is costly, at $500 per night we would expect much more.
All good here from welcome to room to breakfast and ambience. I only syed for a5ondv12 hours, but it was close to venues I had attend and the train station. Might be difficult if you are not particularly ambulance. Will come again.