Cambridge Hotel in Riley St Surry Hills is a fabulous destination for both Sydneysiders and those of us looking to base ourselves in Sydney for a holiday or business stay. Having stayed in several Sydney hotels over the years, I find Cambridge Hotel ticks the boxes in terms of location, functionality, style and affordability.
We were guests of the hotel for a 2 night stay which included a twin room Deluxe Bedroom Suite, enabling parents to sleep in the main bedroom and kids to sleep on a sofa bed. Feedback from the family was positive with kids loving the views from the balcony, the comfort of the room and the proximity to attractions, not to mention the hotel swimming pool and spa.
Cambridge Hotel is just outside the hustle and bustle of the city and located in trendy Surry Hills. I would recommend Surry Hills as an accomodation location. We were a short walking distance to iconic restaurants and cafes and notable Sydney attractions such as Darling Harbour, major shopping, Chinatown, Oxford St, and Circular Quay featuring the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The train station Museum is only about a 5 min walk away (which we visited to travel 2 stops to Circular Quay).
For business types Cambridge Hotel has internet and wifi access, and is affordable for companies not wanting to pay a fortune on accomodation but wanting quality. There are also conference facilities at Cambridge Hotel.
Cambridge Hotel is a popular hotel and the lobby is vibrant in terms of fitout with modern sofas and lighting and funky decor. The hotel has the feeling of colour and warmth and is four star boutique hotel, not tired like some of the Sydney hotels I've stayed in. Staff are friendly and keen to engage. They were happy to answer questions about nearby attractions and were quick to produce a map and point out routes.
Cambridge Hotel has rooms with great views, with our 8th floor room giving us sweeping views of Sydney. Surry Hills itself is an attractive precinct below.
As we imbibed the view from our balcony we could see the Sydney Opera House not far away. At night it lit up with a glow, an unmistakable icon. It feels like you're in the action here. For us it was the perfect location for a stay in Sydney.
The large Deluxe Rooms in Cambridge Hotel boast balconies, with many offering stunning city-scape views. Located on the upper floors of the Cambridge Hotel; relax in style with their two-seat lounges, or make use of the work areas. All Deluxe rooms have balcony overlooking the Sydney skyline or Surry Hills views, and all beds feature triple sheeting and both European and regular pillows with European Duvets.
Our family was more than catered for with this sofa bed folding out for our children. The main room also featured a flat screen TV and Foxtel.
The main bedroom was spacious enough and included a second flat screen TV with Foxtel. So it was perfect with children watching their kids shows on Foxtel while we parents watched a movie in our bedroom. A digital clock with iphone dock was helpful.
The room also included temperature control airconditioning and free wifi. On a hot and humid Sydney summer's day, this was a necessity.
Check out part of the vibrant lobby at Cambridge Hotel on Riley St Surry Hills (above). Business types are often seen with their macs or accessing the internet in the lobby.
Cambridge Hotel is a perfect location to relax and unwind. Our room featured a kitchen area with microwave and bar fridge. We spent time relaxing in our room, and then made our way to the hotel pool for a swim and spa.
Cambridge Hotel has a breakfast arrangement with the restaurant next door, Baccomatto Osteria, a fine Italian restaurant in its own right. On both mornings of our visit we experienced the Full Buffet at affordable prices. Its an impressive buffet including cold meats and cheeses, yoghurt, breads, fruits and cereals, juices, and hot food such as scrambled eggs, mini sausages, hash browns, bacon and beans.
What made this buffet superior for me was the quality of the food and the up market ambience. The fit out at Baccomatto Osteria is first class. The Continental Breakfast was only $15 but the Full Buffet was only slightly more at $17 at time of our stay. It included filtered coffee but you could also order lattes from their barista at reasonable cost.
Baccomatto Osteria gets packed out at night for their extensive Italian menu, so you will need to book to ensure a place.
Check out part of the buffet (below)...
Also worth visiting is the wine bar two doors up, Riley St Cafe and Wine.
Cambridge Hotel is super accessible to iconic cafes and restaurants, sports, nightlife, entertainment and Sydney attractions. It was easy to walk down to Museum train station on the edge of Hyde Park and catch the train two stops to Circular Quay to walk the precinct... We stopped off at Opera Bar near the Sydney Opera House and took in the view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Cambridge Hotel is a great destination for foodies with so many iconic eateries nearby. We wandered down the street to nearby Reuben Hills, one of Sydney's most acclaimed cafes. We were more than happy to line up for a table, with the Fried Chicken, Salted Caramel Shake, Baked Eggs and the Not The Reuben Sandwich all winners. A chic ambience and friendly hipster staff enhanced our visit.
We also loved some of the restaurants in nearby Crown St including Zushi (below). This is a top notch Japanese restaurant with impressive service and ambience and a fine chef, serving high quality Japanses cuisine. The chefs collectively greet you when you enter the restaurant.
Cambridge Hotel also offers car parking at $28 a day at the time of our stay. The car park is a little tight on room so you need to be careful when manoevering. Other facilities of the hotel include 24/7 receptions and room service, tea and coffee making facilities, inroom safe, ironing board and iron.
Our family loved our stay at Cambridge Hotel and we noticed it's a popular hotel with families, business types, and groups. We also enjoyed Surry Hills and nearby cafes, restaurants and attractions. We're keen to return. Highly recommended.
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