Quick review of this trip when I went up to rainy Sydney during easter. I had to spend a night at a SPG property to enable me to attain GOLD membership which is unbelievable. This was from the world mastercard credit card deal from Westpac Altitude which I have – you stay one night and you get gold. You would otherwise need to stay 10 times at a SPG property or after 25 friggin nights!
Gold SPG benefits
- 3 starpoints per US dollar
- 4pm late check out
- An upgrade to an enhanced room at check in
- welcome gift – starpoints, free internet or a beverage
- Read more here about other benefits
During easter the prices of the hotels were expensive on the saturday night as usual, so we stayed at various locations during our 3 night stay. First night we stayed here at the Sheraton but just on a normal room. The second night we stayed at the rydges world square and 3rd night we came back.
I didn’t think my gold status would be approved and changed over that quickly and was very surprised when i checked in on the 3rd night and the receptionist was checking us in, asking us when we stayed here last etc. I told him, it was for business and I stayed here just 2 days ago. He finished up with me and said, BTW i’ve upgraded you to our executive suite. I didn’t think much of it thinking its just a better view of the room we stayed the other night.
On checkout, we had this rich couple, the lady wearing pink mink and just had plastic all over her complained about getting an upgrade to a suite. long story short – they ended up paying heaps to stay in the same suite as mine. If you’re that rich, just stop complaining already!
Room 924 it was. Looking at the map, rooms were definitely bigger than our previous one!
Opened it up and OMG, got upgraded to a suite! Thanks SPG gold! SPG has become my favourite hotel loyalty group. Along with other perks like transferring points to airline miles (asian miles etc), it is an amazing membership to hold. Not only that, you get 15% off meals when dining at any SPG property.
The suite was amazing. Looking over the park and the size was just out of this world. Huge L shape couch, study desk, on suite, bed and massive bathroom. It was raining quite heavily in Sydney and it was just perfect to do absolutely nothing but lounge around in a suite. I quickly looked up the rack rate for this room for that night and wow over $600 on their website. What a deal we scored!
I read the website about what differences there were, and it said it included access to the lounge! I quickly rang concierge but was unfortunately told that since it was an upgrade, you weren’t eligible for the lounge but eligible for buffet breakfast instead. No complaints there! Other upgrades includes better tea/coffee etc.
Had 2 TVs in this room as well! JAYSUS.
View was amazing.
Bedroom was huge and had another TV as well.
Had a docking station for the iphone/ipad lightning connector
Had Doors which opened out to make the room larger.
Walk in wardrobe with mirrors. Nice for the ladies.
Bathroom was spacious with a bathtub. Executive suite also provides toothbrush and toothpaste, whilst the normal rooms don’t.
Overall, we had an amazing stay at Sydney. I really can’t complain when we paid about $220 AUD and got upgraded to a suite. It really is amazing value. I would recommend it to anyone if they go to Sydney. Other facilities include a spa/pool/well equipped gym with amazing views.
Hotel does look a bit “old” but once you enter the rooms, it feels kinda “modern” as well.
BTW peckish thinks the brekkie was awesome. More on that next time.
Deal of the century – upgrade to executive suite
Rating – 16/20 – haha maybe i shouldn’t rate hotels.