Sydney Airport Hotel cleared for take off
Mantra at Sydney Airport is ready for families.
Finding a good Sydney airport hotel should be based on three things is it in an excellent location, does the hotel offer a quality product and does it provide great service that meets the needs of its guests. The New Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport ticks all these three things and would be a first choice pick for families seeking Sydney Airport accommodation close to the terminals.
I had the privilege to stay at this new Sydney airport hotel as a guest of the Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport and to see if it would be a good fit for families considering Sydney Airport accommodation and balancing out the where to stay based on location, convenience and product offerings.
Is this Sydney Airport Hotel in the right location?
The Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport
is only 6 to 10min walk to the domestic terminal and would be about 2min transfer by bus or taxi. International would be 10mins by taxi or transfer bus. It's effortless to get to if you were driving to the hotel or if you arrive by public transport which I did on this occasion taking the train from CBD of Sydney to the hotel.
What does this new Sydney Airport Hotel offer for families?
Let's start with the arrival and check-in
. As soon as you walk through the doors of the hotel, you will be welcomed by the friendly staff ready to check your family in. As you stand in the lobby area, you will notice the design of the hotel embraces a Scandic and modern touch. The Hotels Grill and Bar is off to the left, and there is a cosy corner with Macs to use if you need a computer for last minute travel arrangements. The departure and arrival times boards in the restaurant and lobby also provide the latest aircraft movement times.
The rooms are clean comfortable and modern; they also offer something that is super important for families. Silence. The blackout curtains and the double glazing on windows provided the room with a sense of calmness. The lighting in the bedroom is warm and bright which is balanced with soft furnishings of natural colours and vintage aircraft prints which tie together the overall style and feel of the room. Room 604 which I stayed provided views over the airport runways, one could easily spend time with the kids watching planes come and go.
The bathrooms have a fantastic rain shower. There are the basic amenities plus a quality hairdryer if you have hair (I don't). The lighting in the bathroom is good. Around the room, they have utilised the space by providing hanging frames to hang jackets and shirts, etc. There is limited cupboard space for storage, to be expected as the majority of guest would be in the room less than 24 hours.
The room has a neat nook to sit and work, and the wall plugs are damn handy with the inbuilt USB points making it easy to charges all those electronic devices.
If your family is staying in one the eight family rooms which are interconnecting rooms, you will find you have more space with a twin set up and king room connection. Cots or Cribs can be arranged at the time of booking if you are travelling with a baby or toddler.
There is an excellent meal selection available for families to choose from at the hotels Bar and Grill area. The dining area serves meals through out the day, and good take away coffee can be purchased if you are after a run and go option to the airport.
The Mantra staff at the hotel were friendly and warm and were on hand 24 hours if you needed assistance or had questions. Find out more or for bookings visit mantrahotels.comTip:
If I were a family wanting to park my car before my next day's departure. I would pick the Park and Fly service which is very close to this airport hotel.
If walking with your family to and from the airport, then the best approach would walk from the Virgin Terminal T2 and follow the footpath around to the hotel. Walking from the Qantas side is a little tricky as you will be crossing various roads. I'm sure Sydney Airports would be looking at this trail to make sure that it's safe as possible for people walking between the terminals and the Sydney Airport Hotels and other facilities. See map image for suggested route.
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James is the founder of Little Nomads a family-focused travel site where he shares his experiences about travelling with kids. You can have a conversation with James on twitter @littlenomads or via his Facebook page.