Subject: Re: New Year, Harbour view, Sydney
Dear Ziners, especially Candice!

This hotel has a rooftop pool and jacuzzi. You might not be able to see ground level of Circular Quay, however. review below is from v'gin travel guide. Jealous, but all the best anyway... Stewart London, UK

Information OLD SYDNEY HOLIDAY INN, SYDNEY, New South Wales, Australia Rooms: 174 Address: 55 George Street Postcode: 2000 Tel: 61 2 9252 0524 Fax: 61 2 9251 2093

Type: Hotel Location: ml SW of Opera House, in heart of main tourist area; on busy street amid shops, bars and restaurants. Opposite tourist office; Sydney Harbour Bridge 100 yds. Royal Botanic Gardens 400 yds. Bustling nightlife for locals and tourists alike. Circular Quay train station 250 yds. Exterior: Newer-looking than name suggests. Attractive 6-storey brick block has flags hanging over wrought-iron canopy. Built 1840s; converted 1986. Interior: Spacious and unelaborate. Vast rather plain lobby has high glass ceiling, internal walkways, terracotta-tiled floor and nooks with upholstered leather armchairs on oriental rugs; a few Aboriginal paintings adorn bare walls. Attractive split-level restaurant contains comfortable dining room and eatery with plenty of windows and pleasant modern furnishings. Casual bar (open to public) has wooden floor and chairs and marble-topped tables. Accommodation refurbished 2000; some rooms with balconies and harbour views. Safes in reception. Grounds: None at ground level. Small but pleasant rooftop pool and Jacuzzi with well-maintained decking, wooden tables and chairs and a few plastic sunbeds on paved lounging area. Impressive harbour views. Opinion: Comfortable choice with friendly atmosphere. Location makes up for pleasant but somewhat unrefined public areas.