Five Stars for Paramatta’s New Hotel Suites
For about ten years now there has been talk of the Sydney suburb Parramatta becoming Sydney’s new CBD. Over the years, many international businesses have shifted their operations to this western Sydney suburb, developers have moved in and created commercial and residential buildings, and a plethora of restaurants and bars have opened transforming the suburbs Church street into a melting pot of cuisines and nightlife.
With so much happening in Parramatta it made sense that the suburb received its first 5-star hotel to accommodate international guests and professionals travelling for business. Introducing Skye Hotel Suites Parramatta which opened its doors to the public on 1 August 2017. The hotel is located on Hunter Street and is attached to the Crown Groups V twin residential towers complex. Skye Hotels Suites features 72 apartment style suites ranging from studios up to 2-bedroom suites, each featuring bespoke furnishings, luxurious L’Occitane toiletries, in-room dining and ‘virtual concierge’ tablets allowing access to all the hotels services from each suite.
Being a lover of luxury, I decided to check out the hotel for myself and let me begin by saying I was pleasantly surprised!
The hotel is located on Hunter street which is a 10-minute stroll to Parramatta train station and the local Westfield Shopping Centre. The entire surrounding blocks of this property all appear shiny and new, and I remember arriving and thinking ‘this is not the Parramatta I remember ’ in an incredibly good way! Improvements have also been made to the train station and the services operating to the CBD. Express trains now depart from Parramatta to Central station and vice versa which only make one stop reducing travel times to less that 25 minutes - wow!
Walking through the front doors, I arrived at the lobby which was incredibly grand and featured high ceilings, accents of gold and wood, fresh orchids, and modern minimalistic furnishings which I loved. The lobby has a luxurious feel without being overly styled or stuffy. The Check-in process was seamless, and the staff were attentive and friendly - very well done to the team who have only been operating for less than two weeks at this point.
My Suite was located on the properties 8th floor and had a view facing out over Hunter Street. My room had a huge kitchen and living area with a two-seater lounge and armchair, dining table seating four, work desk, kitchen and a huge fridge. The kitchen was well equipped and featured a Nespresso coffee machine, oven, microwave, ceramic cooktop and dishwasher. The cabinets were also stocked with servingware and some lovely wines glasses which get a big tick from me. The bathroom was on the left as you enter the suite which featured a beautiful frame-less shower, lots of cabinet storage and a recess above the basin which was ideal for storing toiletries and my hair straightener.
My bedroom was a great size and featured a stunning black framed built in which will come in handy for guests staying extended periods. My room also had a lovely balcony/sun room with an outdoor setting. It also had windows which can be opened or closed depending on the temperature which is a nice touch. I was thoroughly impressed with the storage and features in my room like the hidden washer and dryer, the in-room iPad and Bluetooth speaker which provides you with updated weather information and acts as your ‘virtual concierge’ should you require assistance during your stay. The room felt sophisticated and finer details such as the light switches and quirky books such as a Salvador Dali picture book are nice touches. I will point out one thing I noticed, the bedside speaker/Ipod system wasn’t compatible with my iPhone 7; however, I could unplug the iPad to charge my phone. The power outlets by the bed do feature USB charging ports so it’s relatively easy to charge devices provided you have their charging cable – a tiny detail which overall didn’t impact my stay.
A feature I love is that you can specify the firmness of your mattress during the reservation process. I chose the firm option and I must admit I had a pleasant night’s sleep and didn’t want to get out of bed in the morning! Overall, I was impressed with the room size, fittings, furnishing and the finer details. Great value for a room of its size and very comfortable.
Skye Hotel Suites has some fabulous facilities which include an outdoor heated pool and spa, a huge sauna, state-of-the art gym which is massive (I’ve seen self-service gyms which are smaller) a lounge and three conference spaces which when combined could easily accommodate up to 300 people. The outdoor pool area is very luxurious and includes lavish outdoor sun lounges, a beautifully landscaped outdoor area with water features and gas fire pits. The spa is also a great size and nice a depth making it very relaxing. The facilities are shared with the V residents, so the area is very well maintained and always looks inviting.
Husk & Vine Kitchen & Bar Restaurant
The restaurant is located on the hotel’s ground floor and offers al a carte breakfast for hotel guests which is very luxe, and for lunch and dinner guests the menu revolves around large cuts of meat and whole birds designed to share.
During the construction of the property, the developer stumbled upon archaeological remains which included an 1840s house, an underlying convict hut, wheelwright’s workshop and the cellar of the Wheat Sheaf Hotel, which were preserved for public display and inspired Husk & Vine’s unique wheat and wine concept. Taking inspiration from the local area and the Wheat Sheaf Hotel, the restaurants Chef Stephen Seckold based the restaurant's food philosophy around the multiculturalism of the area and incorporates the Wheat element of the historic hotel in the form of a custom Beech oven which produces flat bread and pide. I did get to sample a few of the dinner menu items including the sword fish crudo, crispy lamb ribs,and the slow braised beef cheeks and it was all delicious and very memorable. To view menus or make a booking visit the Husk & Vine website.
Overall my experience at Parramatta’s new luxury Skye Hotel Suites was incredibly pleasant from my room to the attentive staff and first class facilities. I would recommend the property to travelling corporates, International travellers staying in Sydney for extended periods; who want to make Parramatta their hub, or friends celebrating a night out or a weekend away.
A room at Parramatta's Skye Hotel Suites is priced from $195 per room, per night. For more information or to book, visit www.skyehotels.com.au