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Holiday Inn Old Sydney, Australia

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Holiday Inn Old Sydney

The Rocks, in the heart of Australia’s most cosmopolitan city, encompasses the past, present and future. The Indigenous Cadigal people inhabited the rocky headland and surrounding shoreline for thousands of years. Then in 1788, Australia’s first European settlers—British convicts and their overseer—claimed the land and built their camp atop the sandstone cliffs. The Rocks eventually grew from an open-air gaol into a vibrant port community. Its colourful history-filled with tales of ‘shanghaied’ sailors, rough gangs, and gritty life-can still be traced in the many surviving buildings from the last two centuries. But today the renovated former warehouses, sailors’ homes, and dens of iniquity house a unique mixture of fine restaurants, one-of-a-kind shops, and galleries showcasing both established and emerging talent.

Rooftop View

Stay in the heart of The Rocks at the heritage-listed Holiday Inn Old Sydney hotel, with Harbour Bridge and Opera House views. Quaint cobbled streets lead you through the historic Rocks precinctand you’ll marvel at the eight storey-high, glass-roofed atrium when you arrive from Sydney Airport, 15km away. The 360-degree panoramas from the rooftop pool terrace take in iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, opposite the hotel.

Hotel Entrance

From Circular Quay, just a few minutes’ walk from the hotel, you can catch a ferry across Sydney Harbour for koala encounters at Taronga Zoo or over to Manly beach. There are native plants on show at the 30-hectare Royal Botanic Gardens, 300 metres away, and stylish boutiques in the cosmopolitan Rocks precinct. You can climb the outer arch of Sydney Harbour Bridge, 500 metres away, for stunning views across Sydney.


At Holiday Inn Old Sydney you can leave your vehicle in their car park and stroll to Sydney’s central business district, 10 minutes away, and Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, 20 minutes walk. Report back to the office with wireless Internet from your Guest room, the Lobby Lounge Bar and the rooftop terrace. Take in impressive views from the rooftop and dip in the 15-metre heated pool, or relax on the sun-loungers. Enjoy a selection of wines wash down cafe-style meals in cool, sunken Lobby Lounge Bar.

Stay entertained in your air-conditioned Guest room with an extensive choice of pay movies. Views from the 4th-8th floors take in The Rocks precinct or Sydney city centre. Connect your laptop to wireless Internet to keep in the loop with the office. Choose from deluxe Guest Rooms, Executive Club Level rooms, and large Suites.

Standard Twin Room

Hotel Features:
Premium Services:

  • Free Morning Newspaper Delivered to Room


  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Color TV
  • In Room Movies – Pay Per View
  • In Room Movies – Premium Cable
  • Workspace / Desk:
  • Work Desk w/ Lamp
  • Desk Level Electrical Outlet
  • Electrical Adapters Available
  • Spare Electrical Outlet at Desk

Phone / Fax:

  • Number of Phones
  • Direct Dial Phone
  • Separate phone bills for separate lines
  • Speaker Phone
  • Spare Electrical Outlet at Desk
  • Desk Level Electrical Outlet
  • Electrical Adapters Available

Rooms With A View

Data Services:

  • High-speed Internet Access

Bathroom / Personal Care:

  • Bathtub
  • Hairdryer
  • Private Bathroom

Refreshment / Kitchen:

  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Tea Maker


  • Connecting Rooms
  • Crib
  • In Room Safe
  • Individually Controlled Air Conditioning
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Rollaway Bed/Cot
  • Separate Hanging Closet
  • All rooms non smoking

Playfair Terrace Restaurant

Dining in the hotel offers a unique Australian epicurean experience. Fruit and flower arrangements adorn the mezzanine-level Playfair Terrace restaurant, where the fresh breakfast buffet is served. Choose Australian tipples in the sunken Lobby Lounge Bar, like Cascade and Victoria Bitter beers or Hunter Valley wines. The Lobby Lounge and Bar offers patrons a relaxed environment. The candlelight and music creates a tranquil ambiance, perfect for pre-dinner drinks and cocktails, complimented by the hotel’s unique atrium lobby.

Relax by the outdoor rooftop pool with a view or enjoy the fitness center for the perfect urban get-away.

Rooftop Swimming Pool

The Rocks is a uniquely historical Australian quarter, one where you can explore Cadman’s Cottage, eat in restaurants located in some of the oldest surviving buildings in Sydney, or browse boutique shops and galleries in the place where Australia’s European settlement began. It’s a village which echoes a long and colourful past and can be enjoyed by everyone in an equally colourful present. Stay at the Holiday Inn Old Town and you will be in the very heart of this vibrant neighbourhood.

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