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The Pullman at Sydney Olympic Park
Sports fans, go west. The Pullman at Sydney Olympic Park allows guests to sleep at the site of the epic Summer Olympic Games that Sydney hosted in 2000. But Olympic Park is not just for Olympics buffs; it’s also home to ANZ Stadium, the home field for teams ranging from the National Rugby League (NRL) South Sydney Rabbitohs and Australian Football League (AFL) Wallabies to the national soccer and cricket teams. If that’s not enough, the park houses large entertainment venues such as Allphones Arena, where the likes of Madonna perform. In addition to sports and entertainment, guests of the Pullman come to Olympic Park to attend conferences and business meetings, and everything from the ergonomic work spaces in rooms to a speedy menu at the restaurant cater to the corporate set. That doesn’t mean the place is stuffy, however. The interiors are modern and inviting; the restaurant has hip red accents and a wall-size wine rack; and the property is based at the heart of Australia’s sporting and entertainment culture, which can mean only one thing: fun.
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Famous for hosting the 2000 Summer Olympics, Sydney Olympic Park is full of history. It’s also the site of a multitude of modern events from the National Rugby League Grand Final to some of the biggest concerts to hit Australia. Most of the world-class venues offer tours, and several niche museums such as the Australian Tennis Museum cater to sports fans of all levels. Outside Sydney Olympic Park, the harbor calls water lovers for ferry rides to Cockatoo Island and Circular Quay; western suburbs such as Cabramatta entice adventurous food lovers (in this case fans of Vietnamese cuisine); and the 16-mile Harbour Circle Walk, which passes near Olympic Park, provides a great introduction to the city.
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Rooms: 198 rooms, 14 executive suites. From $309. Check-in: 2 p.m., check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: Bacar Restaurant and Bar, located in the Pullman lobby, features tapas that blend Australian, Mediterranean, and Asian flavors as well as à la carte options such as chef Ben Nicholls’ favorite: the sticky Moroccan lamb ribs with chipotle mole. Nicholls also launched a $30 menu for which a starter, main, dessert, and coffee is meant to take only 30 minutes—a great option for business travelers. A 16-seat private dining room and the chef’s table are available for special events. Spa and gym details: A gym on the mezzanine level features an array of cardio and weight-lifting equipment, and guests also gain free entrance into the Sydney Aquatic Centre across the road. This is where swimmers such as Australian legend Ian Thorpe smashed world records during the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, and it houses a steam room, sauna, Jacuzzis, and massage rooms for post-Olympic training. Nearly 1,600 acres of parkland surround the hotel and beckon runners, walkers, and cyclists, while guestrooms include complimentary yoga videos and mats. For easier exploration of the area, bicycles are available for rent in Olympic Park.
Who’s it best for: Business travelers and guests attending special events at Sydney Olympic Park feel welcome here. Those who followed the Sydney Summer Olympics in 2000 get the biggest kick out of the hotel’s location. Our favorite rooms: The executive suites are the most spacious, and with their position on the top two floors, they have expansive views of the city skyline and the western suburbs. For sports and concert fans: With its location at the doorstep of major arenas and Olympic venues, the Pullman is the go-to hotel for sports and entertainment buffs. Guests wishing to stay here around the time of the State of Origin rugby match in late May, the Bledisloe Cup in August, or the National Rugby League Grand Final in early October need to book well in advance. Rugby and Olympics enthusiasts should also do the Gantry Tour of ANZ Stadium to visit the bowels of the venue, including several areas normally closed to the public.