It’s been a long time coming, but for the first time in its 90-year-old history, Sydney Airport has opened an onsite terminal hotel. But not just any standard stay, with shoebox rooms and a questionable kitchen offering.
Donning the Rydges banner, this four-star, 318-room hotel promises close proximity, quality suites and bevy of facilities to ensure layovers and plane delays are as comfortable as possible.
In celebration of the hotel’s opening this month, I was invited on a helicopter flight around the airport to gain a better perspective. Yes, helicopter; of course I was going! Also on board were two lovely photographers with more gear than an overloaded B-double.
Unfortunately, this meant I didn’t actually see much of the hotel itself from the air, but what I can confirm is that the new hotel makes up part of the renewed International Airport precinct – adjoining a multi-level carpark, it’s literally a one-minute walk from the terminal.
And with a $68 million price tag, it’s a marked upgrade from the Formule 1 hotel down the road – one of the closest accommodation alternatives.
Inside Rydges Sydney Airport’s light-filled interior, guests can make use of the Touch & Go Café, Touchdown Down Sports Bar, gymnasium and my favourite, Blackwattle Grill restaurant.
Inspired by buzzing new Gowings Bar and Grill in QT Sydney, expect bentwood chairs, industrial-style lighting, and a menu showcasing Australian produce – genuinely lifting the quality of airport dining choices currently available.
But most importantly, is where you rest your head. Classic turquoise and beige tones dominate the interior colour palette, while guests have plush bedding, in-room wi-fi, flat-screen televisions, minibar and 24-hour room service at their disposal.
Most rooms also offer a decent view, some overlooking the tarmac, where planes appear within reaching distance from the bed.
And yet despite how close suites are to the action, they’re surprisingly quiet. I really have to strain my ears to hear the hum of landing aircrafts.
In fact, as a Marrickville resident, (located about six kilometres from the airport), I can vouch that our lounge room cops more noise pollution from the overhead flight path than these rooms.
However onsite airport hotels are not necessarily a new concept in Australia. Why, there’s ParkRoyal at Melbourne Airport. But as a Sydney Airport spokesperson said, the demand for a truly on-site hotel option became too great to ignore.
Nonetheless, the new development means passengers on flights arriving in or departing from Sydney now have a stylish and comfortable stay, literally a hop skip and a jump from the terminal. Finally.
Where? You’ll find Rydges Sydney Airport at 8 Arrivals Crescent- adjoining the long-term carpark, next door to the International Terminal.
Cost? Rooms start at $250 per night.
Contact (02) 9313 2500 See rydges.com