It was an easy 15 minute walk from Sydney’s Central Station to our home for the weekend at Adge Apartment Hotel in the heart of hip Surry Hills. “Home” is the definitely the right word to use, as our stay at Adge felt more like a home away from home (please excuse the cliché) then a stay at your average hotel.
With the choice and variety offered via websites like AirBnb, it’s now easier than ever to find accommodation of all shapes and sizes. But what Adge offers is different. It’s the space, homely feel and competitive pricing of booking an AirBnb, but matched with the service, luxury and location of a hotel. Let us explain…
Upon arrival, it’s easy to see that Adge is a thoughtfully designed and modern venue. The subtle and secure street entrance leads past an intimate 8-seater Japanese bar and degustation restaurant called Raita Noda (it comes highly recommended). The hotel lobby is decked out with contemporary furniture, bright street art, and a big screen TV above reception playing music videos.
Once in the apartment, it’s the vibrant carpets and a Union Jack ‘Smeg’ fridge which steal our first impressions. A close second are the sweeping skyline views framed by two generous corner balconies. Windows and glass doors from floor to ceiling line the entire living area of the apartment so that you can really take in the views – by day and by night.
To get settled, the Porter Michael takes us on a tour of the room’s facilities and gives a run-down on hotel services before delivering a round of refreshing hot homemade apple cider and a warm hand towel – old fashion service given with a smile.
Space by the bucket full, the apartment allows for four of us to comfortable make Adge our home for the weekend. There’s plenty of room in the full size fridge to pack full of beers, wine and snacks, and there is an abundance of power points for us to all charge our overkill of personal electrical devices.
Both of the bedrooms have huge king beds, a flat screen TV, an ipod dock, big wardrobes and city skyline views. You can sleep tight (and sleep in) with think block-out curtains and designer linins. A hallway cupboard provides additional storage, along with a safe, iron and ironing board, hairdryer and handy laundry facilities. Each bedroom has it’s own sleek, white modern bathroom (one fitted with a bath).
The kitchen is extremely well equipped to cook up a feast, and a personal grocery shopping service means you can do this without cutting into your Sydney exploring time.
It’s been said before, but details do matter. At Adge you are free to brew up fresh pod coffee ($1 each), indulge in luxury bath and body products, and enjoy free bottled water, newspapers delivery daily and artesian chocolates left on your pillow.
Each morning we enjoyed a short and leisurely stroll to Crown Street where we could soak in the rich cafes culture, vintage shops, record stores and boutiques of Surry Hills.
Our time at Adge ended with a friendly and helpful conversation with the hotel staff, who offered honest local advice on how we can best spend our last day in the harbor city.
The Agde Apartment Hotel isn’t just a hotel, nor is it just an apartment. They have found a superb mix to the two, which gives families or a group of travelers the freedom to experience Sydney in comfort and luxury, no matter your purpose or budget.
Adge offers a variety of two bedroom and penthouse apartments, ranging in price from $280 – $720 per apartment per night. Visit adgehotel.com.au for bookings.
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