Cambridge Hotel Review – Sydney
Twas a long and lonesome road… well occasionally loansome, that led me to the start line of the 145 Classic charity bike ride for the Sir David Martin Foundation. Before the ride though, Fast Lane Mum and I had the luxury of no Fast Lane Kids and a hotel room to relax in *Nudge – Wink*The Cambridge Hotel put us up for the night which was very good of them and if you’d seen the email chain between me and the VERY understanding Simone, you would understand that getting us there was no mean feat!
I used to work in Surry Hills, no not the University, i’m not cool enough for that, come to think of it i’m probably not really cool enough to even be IN Surry hills let alone get to stay the night. To be fair I did have to sharpen my act up at work when I started as the shell suit, white trainers and gelled back hair just weren’t going to cut it in the high flying world of digital media.
We checked in and all was good, the receptionists were lovely and the hotel had some funky carpet, and a vespa scooter in the foyer. I did have a look to see if it could be ridden. Alas, it could not…
Let me take you to our room
It was as funky and urban as the rest of the hotel, the kids would have loved it. If they had been there. Shame. *Smiley Face*
We had a balcony which meant we could inhale some high rise Sydney air and also take in the beautiful sunset. the room was fairly simple in set up. A large double bed, desk in the corner with an extra chair, a small sofa to the right of the bed, double wardrobes, one which housed the amply stocked fridge and the kettle (see gallery). The bathroom was lovely and light with a bath/shower and a huge mirror for me to view my wrinkles in. Toiletries were supplied by Urban Skin Co which were lovely on my soft, wrinkly skin. I was slightly confused by the TV positioning though (Look in the gallery). No, not in the bathroom, in the main room, it was positioned on the main wall at about hip height (so you can watch in bed), by the bathroom door, which you can quite easily bump into. Not sure if the room planner was on their break when it was mounted. I must say that it was at a good viewing height though!
A really nice touch was that Steven the manager had left us a lovely note with some handmade Belgian chocolates that lasted all of about 30 seconds. That Fast Lane Mum (FLM) is a right gannet!
Once we’d had our fill of chocs it was time to venture downstairs to find a suitable restaurant. As luck would have it there is a wonderful little Italian, Baccomatto Osteria, attached to the hotel that had just enough room for the two of us.
It felt like we’d been transported over to the heart of Tuscany with Italian music, Italian speaking staff and of course Italian wine and Peroni. The meals were exquisite, I had pasta and FLM had steak followed by a cheeky little pudding to share and a limoncello or 2, purely for digestion purposes of course.
Once back in the room it was time for me to finish preparing for the following days ride by having a shower and not bumping into the TV. Although I did have a lovely bruise from a mountain bike spill from the week before. You’ll find it in the gallery.
Is easy from the hotel, buses leave from Oxford St and Crown St, both close to Sydney’s Cambridge Hotel. Central train station is about a 10 minute walk and Hyde Park is only 5-minutes walk away. Plenty of options so you can leave your car in the car park.
They also have this really useful ‘What To Do‘ guide so you can have some ideas about what else you can do in your stay at the hotel – Download Guide
Is there to do in Surry Hills? I asked myself. If we were coming here for a weekend either with or without the kids then there is loads of stuff to keep everyone entertained.
- Sport – The SCG and SFS are only a stones throw away and there’s usually always something going on.
- Theatre – You are only an 8 minute walk from the Capitol Theatre which has some of THE BEST shows in Sydney. We saw Lion King there last year. Brilliant!
- Eating – There are dozens of awesome restaurants local to the hotel. Longrain is a great chinese, book in as it’s always busy. The Winery is also only a skip away if you’re kid free. Also get the Cheap Eats and Hidden Bars guides from reception for some extra inspiration.
- Night Life – The Soda Factory is just around the corner if you fancy getting your groove on, and so is Oxford Street. Schhhawing!
- Cinema – Fox studios is next to the SCG and is great for the family. Or you could head to the Event cinemas on George street. Movie+Popcorn+Fast Food=Winner!
- Other – Centennial Park is lovely. You could also walk around the city at night to soak up the vibe or you could pop out early morning to find a nice breakfast spot, there are plenty. Also you’ve got The Domain – Hyde Park – Australian Museum
After my 5am alarm went off and both FLM and I rose to face the day. I can’t tell you how pleased FLM was about that, you’ll just have to imagine. The bed was really comfy so we both slept like logs. Once I had extracted the car from the narrow and twisty under hotel car park, FLM could then whizz home and go back to bed. I on the other hand got on my bike and pedalled off to Centennial park to torture myself for 6+hrs, riding 145kms to Kiama and up Jamberoo mountain pass in support of The Sir David Martin Foundation. It’s all in a good cause I told myself… many times!
Thank god for Comfy Beds, Italian Restaurants and Belgian Chocolates!
Where is it I hear you cry??
Sydney’s Cambridge Hotel is at:
212 Riley Street
Sydney NSW 2010
Toll Free: 1800 251 901
Tel: +612 9212 1111
Here’s the website – Cambridge Hotel
If you stay there, I dare you to say that Fast Lane Dad sent you for the chocolates.
Disclosure – This isn’t a sponsored post.
We didn’t have to pay for the room but we paid for the meal and the drinks. For complete clarity, I did look for hairs in the bathroom and I couldn’t find any and also if our stay had been really bad, I wouldn’t have written this review.
You can read all about how I got on in the charity bike ride here – 145 Classic Charity Bike Ride