Hotel Review: Pullman Sydney Airport
Pullman Sydney Airport opened in 2016, which was the obvious reason I chose the hotel for a stay during my last visit to Australia. Sadly, my high expectations of the new property haven’t really been met. Read more about it on my extensive hotel review!
Pullman Sydney Airport is located not really at the airport, but rather in Mascot. This town is adjactent to the airport, but actually a good ten minutes away from the airport by car. At least, there’s a train station close-by. Right next to the Pullman, there are several other airport hotels.
Thus, there’s nothing special about the location and the shuttle to the airport even comes with a hefty surcharge, which makes taking an Uber a better option if you are a party of at least two. We were arriving from the InterContinental Sydney with the ride taking approximately 30 minutes.
Deluxe Executive Room at Pullman Sydney Airport
At check-in, I was informed that we got upgraded to a Deluxe Executive Room (let’s talk about the inflation of words like “deluxe” or “executive”), which basically is the same room as most others, just with a better view (of the street) on a higher floor.
Theoretically, you are also entitled to lounge access, but not when upgraded. The room as such measures 31 square meters and feels very modern upon entering. However, I’m not that much of a fan of the design of the Pullman Sydney Airport as the bathroom is really open.
There is a very small pricacy divider between the bathroom and the room and a sliding door to either seperate the toilet or the shower. Besides that, the room design at Pullman Sydney Airport is … well, interesting. There is a glass wardrobe with two bathrobes, slippers and a minibar.
Then there’s a large and comfortable bed facing the flatscreen television. In the two corners by the window, there’s a working desk with a proper office chair as well as a more comfortable chair.
The room still looked brand new and the general design wasn’t bad either, but I do neither like the idea of an open wardrobe nor of an open bathroom (at least to this degree).
The view of the street is not any spectacular, but what’s more annoying is that the windows are bad, like really bad. I can’t really understand how this can happen in a new airport (!) hotel.
Bathroom of the Deluxe Executive Room
I’ve already spoken about the open bathroom, which comes with a single sink, a shower and a toilet. Due to the design, the bathroom looks quite spacious, but empty at the same time.
The sink is not very big and it feels like some space wasn’t really used efficiently. Besides that, the bathrooms at Pullman Sydney Airport are allright. There’s a decent rain shower with a second shower head and the toiletries are the typical decent C.O. Bigelow ones.
However, it’s worth noting that the door for the shower and the toilet doesn’t reduce any noise.
Welcome Drinks at Pullman Sydney Airport
As a Le Club Accor Gold member, I was not only given an upgrade, but also two vouchers for a drink at the bar. Those were even valid for cocktails, which is a plus. The barkeeper of Pullman Sydney Airport is a true joy as well and made some specialty drinks for us.
Nice touch. As we were not too hungry, we decided to share a burger. Served with fries, the burger was okay, but nothing to write home about.
Breakfast at Pullman Sydney Airport
With an early departure with LATAM on the schedule, we decided to just have a quick look at breakfast for the review. The breakfast spread at the Pullman Sydney Airport wasn’t phenomenal, but was nicely presented.
There’s a choice of fruits, yoghurts, cheeses, cold cuts, mueslis, pastries and several hot options. The service was a little sloppy, but that’s okay at this time of the day.
Gym at Pullman Sydney Airport
As most airport hotels in the luxury sector, the Pullman Sydney Airport offers a full-service gym. There are a couple of treadmills and other cardio equipment, a few strength machines and two benches with several free weights.
I didn’t miss anything and also liked the fact that the gym had lots of daylight. It’s not a miracle that the equipment still looks brand new and is in a great condition given the age of the hotel.
Bottom line Pullman Sydney Airport
Would I return to the Pullman Sydney Airport? No. I just don’t see the point of an airport hotel, which is not giving me a crucial time advantage compared to staying in the city and taking a train to the airport. In addition, the windows at the Pullman are very bad and the room design is not for me either.
For an airport hotel, I’d at least expect to get a good night’s sleep in calm. All other areas are decent with a nice bar, good breakfast and an ideal gym. Sadly, that’s not enough for me to return.
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