The Perfect Inner-City Hotel for Your Next Sydney Trip

Everything you want a hotel to be.

There’s just something about staying in the business district in Sydney’s CBD when I’m there for a work trip that just never gets old (yet).

On my last night in Sydney during AAFW, I stayed at the Novotel Central Sydney in Haymarket. It’s the perfect classic hotel; retro patterned carpet, buffet breakfast, firm (but not too firm) pillows and all.

Let’s break it down.

I walked into a deluxe suite and was greeted with a bouquet of beautiful white flowers, a balcony looking out onto lush greenery, a super soft and comfy looking king-sized bed and nice, minimal decor.

Located within walking distance of Darling Harbour and Sydney’s
leading entertainment precinct, Novotel Sydney Central is everything you could want out of an inner-city hotel, whether you’re there for business or pleasure.

They have a 24-hour gym, 24-hour room service, daily housekeeping, a heated rooftop swimming pool and spa, Thomas St. Kitchen & Bar and buffet breakfast.

My buffet breakfast the next morning, complete with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, grilled tomatoes, spinach and a strong coffee, was the perfect start to a busy day at fashion week.

My stay at the Novotel Sydney Central was fab, I really couldn’t have asked for a more professional and comfortable environment.

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All of the Sydney Food News You Need to Know

For all your Sydney food moments.

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There’s plenty to celebrate this year, from new menus to restaurants throwing parties, bottomless brunches, and more.

Here, we have the latest on Sydney’s food news, from chefs taking over restaurants to limited-edition menus and feasts for all your friends to enjoy.

  • To celebrate World Gin Day, and for one week only, gin and food lovers can try nagashi-sōmen—translating to ‘flowing noodles’— which sees noodles sent down a bamboo chute for diners to collect with chopsticks. The one-off experience will be hosted at Kid Kyoto, where guests can enjoy their flowing noodles alongside a menu paired with delicious KI NO BI Gin cocktails. Purchase tickets here.
  • Tuck into a Fireball Burger
  • Feeling the cold? Fireball Whisky and Bar Luca have teamed up for the ultimate firey menu. Offered for a limited time only, head down to Bar Luca for $6 Fireball shots all day, a Fireball shot and cocktail on arrival, and an all-you-can-eat bites of the full “Blame Fireball” menu on Saturday, July 1. Book a spot here
  • For two nights only, on Tuesday the 20th and Tuesday 27th of June, Graeme Hunt, Head Chef of Sydney’s trending late-night bar and dining venue at Zaffi, will be stepping up to the kitchen at award-winning bar PS40. Pop-up guests can expect a mosaic of colourful Lebanese-inspired bar snacks paired with exclusive midweek sips made by the mastermind behind the experimental bar, Michael Chiem.
  • Fan of Cinderella? The Great Hall is transforming into The Royal Palace for an enchanting high tea from July 1-2. There will be dancing and fun, and then Cinderella will run out of the venue leaving behind her glass slipper—the search for the missing beauty will begin. Tickets for the Cinderella High Tea costs $80-85 and you can purchase them here.
  • Grill’d has dropped two new burgers, and they’re beyond anything we could have imagined. Taking inspiration from Mexico, Grilld’s two new burgers are a Zesty Mexi and Luxe Nacho Burger. The Zesty Mexi features a black bean pattie with corn chips, tasty cheese, slaw, jalapenos, and chipotle mayo mixed with green tomatillo lime salsa. For meat lovers, the Luxe Nacho Burger is the same as the Zesty Mexi, but with a premium Wagyu pattie.

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