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Sydney Hotels Filling Up Fast for New Year's Eve

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  Site Where: 68 Harbour Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2000
December 4, 2008 at 9:19 AM | by | ()

With an ever-shortening countdown to New Year's Eve, it's hard to get a good rate in Sydney for the big night. We already decided the Shangri-La's rates were no great deal and now there are just a handful of central Sydney hotels with rooms still available.

One of them is the Holiday Inn Darling Harbour. Now, we're not usually big fans of Holiday Inns but when New Year's Eve is fast approaching, well, you know the saying 'bout how we can't be choosers.

The Holiday Inn still has some packages going for New Year's Eve (at least it does on lastminute.com.au--weirdly the hotel site itself claims fully booked like everywhere else in town). For A$699 ($450) you get breakfast and a bottle of sparkling wine. We still think this rate is far too high--you can stay at the same hotel for A$169 the week before--but if you're running out of New Year's choices then you'd better book fast.

One important thing to know is even though Darling Harbour rates a mention in the hotel's name, you shouldn't be expecting any harbor views. The Holiday Inn is kind of sandwiched between other buildings and good views are pretty much non-existent, so be sure to head out to celebrate the turning year.

[Photo of sandwiched hotel: Manigat]

Archived Comments:

i cant understand this

that's crazy for a holiday inn in sydney without a view? the olde sydney holiday inn, right near the harbour bridge must be like a $1,000 a night!

Sydney and NYE ..

If you're in Australia and you want to do New Year's Eve properly, it's gotta be Sydney, it's the only place that celebrates even half right ... and that's the problem. Guess we need to build a few more Harbour Bridges in other Aussie cities and the problem might be solved!