Friday, 26 July 2013

New-look for an old favourite

It's a case of "all change" at the transformed Mercure Sydney International Airport, which is celebrating a new name and a new look. 

Located just minutes from Sydney Airport's frenetic international terminal, the Mercure Sydney International Airport (formerly known as Mercure Sydney Airport) is a quiet oasis to calm the nerves of frazzled travellers. 

Among the activities to help banish jet lag is bushwalking in the Wolli Creek Valley - which is directly opposite the hotel. 

With marble floors imported from Turkey and comfortable lounge chairs filling the space, the brand new lobby is light-filled and modern with a redesigned check-in desk aimed at speeding up the processing of arrivals and departures. 

Guest rooms have been given a contemporary makeover with modern furnishing - including new glass-top work desks, comfortable chairs and sofas an those two "must haves" for any self-respecting hotel room: iPod docking stations and flat-screen televisions. 

There are king-size beds (and extremely comfortable they are) and new fittings in all of the bathrooms. 

On my stay in late July there were still a few cosmetic changes to be finalised but the staff were helpful and happily stored a suitcase for me, while the burger in the bar was excellent if you don't want to extend to a full meal in Seasons restaurant.  

Ensuring the family market is well catered for, the hotel’s family suites, which comfortably sleep up to five people, are spacious and feature views of the airport and surrounding parklands.

The plenty on on-site parking, the hotel caters for travellers who need to drive a distance 
to reach the airport. The misnamed Sydney Super Shuttle (which is far from super) offers regular transfers from the hotel to both international and domestic terminals. 

To mark its new status, Mercure Sydney International Airport is offering guests a special Stay, Park and Fly package from $231, which includes overnight accommodation, return airport 
shuttle service for two people and up to seven nights of on-site car parking. 

For more information and bookings see www.mercuresydneyairport.com.au.

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