The family hotel with unforgettable pool in Sydney

We had the absolute joy of experiencing Sydney with the Holiday Inn at Old Sydney. It was 10 years ago since our last visit down under and I vowed to come again but stay at “the Rocks” historical district if we returned. The Holiday Inn at Old Sydney met my goal and then some. It is smack dab in the middle of this historical district with all the best Sydney has to offer in walking distance. Leave your car at home because you can walk to all the best sights from this gem of a location. Such a dream. Everywhere you turn in this district is old history, beautiful buildings, and Sunday’s harbor at your fingertips. It is the perfect location.
More over the family friendly atmosphere was perfect for our two boys, 11 and 6. And by family friendly I mean kids eat and stay for free! What really won us all over is the hotel’s famous pool overlooking the Sydney harbor. Best in Sydney, truly. Spectacular panaranomic rooftop views. Just breathtaking.
The Holiday Inn provided a full itinerary for us to enjoy which completely removed the stress out of planning and totally ensured we were seeing the best of the Rocks area! First up, we took the Captain Cruises ferry across the harbour to Taronga zoo. Even if you don’t have kids, I highly highly recommend this for the views the zoo provided of the city and the lovely ferry ride which is wonderfully narrated!
Because I have a thing for Colonial style buildings it was thrilling to do the Rocks walking tour to dive further into the fascinating area and bring to life the real history of Sydney.
The Rocks is chock full of restaurants and shops again making it the perfect place to stay with the Holiday Inn within walking distance of these great places. Not to be missed is the Fine Foods store with the best breakfast sandwich my husband ever had set in a beautifully designed store, every corner was an instagram dream. And to cap off your sweet tooth, Sticky will meet all your candy needs not to mention a wonderful demonstatraion of candy making. We’ve never been so fascinated.
I cannot express enough how conveniently located the Holiday Inn was to all of these amazing attractions, we didn’t walk more than two blocks to these wonderful attractions. Hanging out at the harbour was one of our greatest highlights. The seagulls kept my boys extremely entertained. Sydney, we loved you, we’ll be back.
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Hey, I'mMaria

A Christian, married to an insanely gifted and talented Marine husband, mother to Gideon (15), Boaz (10) and our rainbow baby, Shiloh. I’m actually an R.N turned accidental photographer, currently living in Fredericksuburg, Va after completing our final tour in Okinawa Japan. You'll find travel, Jesus, and lifestyle posts here on the Journal.


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