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Wednesday 24 August 2016

A new five-star hotel option at Sydney Airport

There are several good hotels in and around Sydney Airport - but until now there has been no five-star option. 

The recently opened Pullman Sydney Airport, an ultra-modern, new-build hotel next to its budget sibling Ibis, fills an undoubted gap in the market. 

It is the 15th Pullman property across Australia, and, remarkably, the 700th hotel to join the Accor Hotels group's rapidly expanding network in the Asia Pacific region.

The 229-room Pullman ticks most of the luxury boxes, particularly for guests arriving or departing from domestic terminals. It is a shiny, attractive, well-lit building with similarly charismatic and helpful young staff and some fun modern sculptures - as well as free cookies at check-in. 

It is located on O'Riordan Street, it is just 600 metres from the domestic terminals and a $7 ride on the Sydney SuperShuttle from the international terminal - although the train link from Mascot Station is probably a better bet for those with minimal luggage. 

The bright, high-ceilinged lobby - with plenty of staff to aid with baggage and check-in - merges into a lounge area and the Mobius Bar & Grill - a well-priced and thoroughly stylish eatery with an open-plan kitchen. 

Expect dishes like charcuterie plates with pickles, salt and pepper squid, rack of lamb with eggplant sambal as well as a range of steaks. There is a fun ambience which makes it a welcome addition to a district previously lacking in dining options. 

The rooms, "designed" by WMK Architecture and SODA (Thailand) Architecture+Interiors are comfortable enough with all expected five-star mod cons, but it there are two people staying in one room, the lack of definition, called "open design", between bedroom and bathroom which means one guest is woken each time the other needs to use the bathroom. This definitely needs a re-think, as does the sub-standard ironing board.

Otherwise, the accommodation is large and very comfortable.

There is a stylish Executive Club Lounge for regular Accor guests, providing work room and evening canap├ęs and beverages, as well as a 24-hour gym. 

Bernie Boller, the hotel GM, said the hotel aims to be "a welcoming sanctuary for business and leisure guests, away from the hustle and bustle of the airport" - but close to it. 

Opening rates started at $229 per night including wifi (which should, of course, always be free but is not automatically so here) - and the hotel is already popular with meeting and conference groups, catering for up to 280 delegates at a time. 

Pullman Sydney Airport, 191 O'Riordan St, Mascot NSW 2020. (02) 8398 4600
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# The writer was a guest of Pullman Sydney Airport

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