Over the Australia Day long weekend, we took a family trip to Sydney to visit friends we made when we lived up there. It’s been over 2 years since we returned home to Melbourne and we thought it would be nice for the kids to go back to Sydney and see the old house and school and especially friends. Craig and I also went on a hot air balloon ride with Balloons Aloft. Choosing where to stay in Sydney is always a big task!
Where to stay in Sydney?
My go to for accommodation these days is always Airbnb and on this occasion it was no different. I struggled to find anything available in our price range of under $200 per night for 5 people especially in the area we were looking for which is the inner west of Sydney. At the same time Craig was searching for apartments in Sydney and he stumbled upon the Waldorf Drummoyne Serviced Apartments located in Drummoyne which is less than 10mins from where we wanted to be. Its also a central area to get around the rest of Sydney.
We had Apartment 4 on the second floor, accessible via a narrow set of stairs. It consisted of 2 bedrooms, lounge room, fully equipped kitchen and laundry, one main bathroom and a study nook attached to the main bedroom. There was a queen size bed in the main bedroom that was comfortable and a single bed in the second bedroom. The lounge had a pull out sofa bed to accommodate 2 people. It was very comfortable for 2 kids and the bed seemed good quality. We all know that there are sofa beds and then there are sofa beds, some are better than others. I didn’t need to use the laundry but handy to have when you have kids.
The apartment looked to be freshly renovated so it was all clean and fresh for us. It’s nice to have a fully equipped kitchen as we were able to prepare breakfast in the apartment and save ourselves a bit of money. There is a big fish and chip shop located right across the road and next to that there is a great bakery that we have been to a few times before. It was handy for lunch instead of having to go out and eat elsewhere more expensive. There’s a few restaurants located not far from the apartment including a nice Italian place called La Casa Ristorante that we had dinner at on the first night. There was, what looked to be, a very popular Greek restaurant Zeus Street Greek that we didn’t get a chance to try out, on the list for next time.
Car parks were really limited and if you missed out on the 5 parks out the back of the apartment building you were required to park on the street. Lucky for us we managed to get a park each time we needed to but they were a bit tight at times as some people didn’t park properly.
If I was going to make one complaint, it would be the bathroom. The toilet was located at the end of the over bath shower. I found that the toilet was soaked after each shower as with the rest of the bathroom. To be fair, it was very humid during our stay and this may have had something to do with it.
Following are the details if you are interesting in staying with them:
Place: Drummoyne Serviced Apartments
Where: 165 Lyons Rd, Drummoyne
Price: $199AUD per night
I would definitely stay at this apartment again and feel that it is very reasonably priced for 5 people. Drummoyne is a great central location, 15 mins from Sydney, 25mins from the airport and if you love Zumbo’s like I do, its only 10mins from Balmain!
Affordable accommodation is hard to find in Sydney and I think this is great value, if you know of other accommodation in Sydney for a similar price please let me know in the comments because I go to Sydney a few times per year and would be interested to hear of any other options, leave your suggestions in the comments box below, you can also subscribe in the box also located below.