Travellers on a budget make a beeline for a bedroom in Burwood, on the outermost fringes of Sydney’s inner-west. This culturally diverse area attracts creatives, professionals and families of various nationalities and lifestyles. It’s a popular hub for shopping and dining, especially Asian food, thanks to the thriving Chinese community. The city centre is only 20 minutes away by car or train, while Sydney Olympic Park is even closer. Sydney Airport and Bankstown Airport are both a 25-minute drive away. Like the sound of it? Book one of the best bases with Culture Trip – right here.
Overlooking Burwood Park, this popular hotel is steps away from the main shopping centre, Westfield Burwood. Attracting business and leisure travellers, Crowne Plaza has a 24-hour gym, fine rooftop pool and 90 rooms with high-speed wifi, smart HDTV and marble bathrooms. Onyx Grill serves the finest Australian meats and seafood, cooked over an open fire. Other dining options include Artisaint – yes, that’s the spelling – and the top-floor Skye Bar, your ringside seat for lovely sunsets and panoramic views of Sydney’s distant skyline.
Music and sports lovers will have to travel far to get better than this hotel in the athletic and entertainment heart of Australia. Originally built for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, Novotel is next to the ANZ Stadium and Qudos Bank Arena that host major concerts, rugby league, rugby union and football matches. Surrounded by expanses of parklands and accessible to the city by rail, ferry or car, the world-class property has 177 keys – check in to anything from a balcony room to a spa suite. The Boulevard Brasserie – one of two restaurants – does delicious gnocchi and lamb shank, and there’s a brewery and sports bar as well.
Dating back more than two centuries, this old-school pub has changed names several times. Its current identity can be traced to 1842, and input from an Irish-born convict, jockey and racehorse breeder turned publican. Since then, it’s been renovated and expanded with 14 rooms of boutique accommodation in sedate shades of ash-grey and white. Expect, too, a bistro specialising in schnitzels and burgers. This handy location is a 10-minute drive to Sydney Olympic Park and a four-minute walk to Homebush train station.
For a change from hotels in Burwood, make yourself at home in this century-old house 3km (2mi) away in Homebush. Darcy’s has plenty of atmosphere – high ceilings, grand hallways – and a communal kitchen, as well as dining and lounge rooms where you’ll mingle with other guests. Private en-suite rooms are well sorted – wifi, fridge, tea and coffee making facilities – with dry cleaning and laundry service available. The wheelchair-accessible property was built by Irish surgeon D’Arcy Wentworth, the first paying passenger to arrive in the colony of NSW, who is believed to have named Homebush after his “home in the bush.” So, now you know.
Here’s a good choice if you’ve got a car and are planning day trips away from the city. Quality Inn offers free parking and a convenient location on Parramatta Road, providing easy access to the M4, which leads to the Blue Mountains for a fun day trip of bushwalking. Business travellers will also appreciate the free wifi, after-hours check-in, on-site restaurant serving continental breakfast, and modern rooms furnished with a desk, fridge, iron and ironing board.
Out on the Hume Highway, Motel 10 is less than 15 minutes’ drive to Bankstown Airport, 17km (10.5mi) west of Sydney, and a 10-minute ride to the University of Sydney’s Lidcombe campus. The 30-room motor inn is designed for executives, singles and families, with free on-site parking, wifi, desk, microwave, mini-fridge, Foxtel TV and tea and coffee making facilities. Room-service breakfast, laundry and dry cleaning services are offered at reasonable prices. Disabled access specialty rooms are also available. Pack your picnic and you’re ready to go.
Instead of staying in hotels in Burwood, live like a local in this individually styled apartment, in a peaceful location that’s convenient for everything you could need. The immaculate one-bedroom property is equipped with laundry facilities, a dining area, outdoor patio and a kitchen with full-size fridge and freezer, oven, hob and microwave. Other amenities include free wifi, air-conditioning, coffee machine, TV, iron and a modern bathroom with a shower and complimentary toiletries. Housekeeping is available on request.