I’m exhausted. In the space of far too few days I have covered a lot of ground – Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne – on a frenetic business trip itinerary. Sydney is my fourth and last city and I have a couple of days before I clamber aboard my plane and head for home. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not complaining, I love my work (I’m a clothes designer) and the exciting places it takes me but my schedule can leave me frayed at the edges.
I am in desperate need of the perfect place to kick back and relax before the fraying becomes an unravelling and to celebrate my successful trip’s end. I need the ideal accommodation in exactly the right locationwhich allows me the best of both worlds – the option for total relaxing retreat but with the city right on my doorstep too. Hmmmm…….tricky…..and add to that another personal clause – I’m simply not satisfied with the ordinary. I guess it’s the designer in my soul along with my eye for detail which demands something full of character and which can satisfy my appreciation for flair and individuality; I have to have surroundings which reflect that. The thought of some sterile, perfectly-clean-but-depressingly-generic chain-hotel room makes me shudder. Of course the ‘out of the ordinary’ is up for grabs but it normally has a hefty price tag attached. I am aware that what I am looking for with the price I am willing to pay may not exist.
As a self-confessed ‘Trip Advisor’ addict the starting point in my quest is there. So, onto the site, select a few (OK perhaps more than a few – I have already admitted to being hard to please) personal must-have filters and press ‘search’. I am totally prepared for a ‘sorry – your search returned 0 options’ answer. Instead up pops the ADGE Sydney boutique apartments hotel – a collection of stunning city-view, spacious, airy 2-bedroom/2 bathroom suites complete with fully equipped kitchens (kitted out with Smeg and Miele appliances no less) and open-plan lounge and dining.
The location – the city fringe suburb of Surry Hills – caught my attention straight away – if there’s a ‘my-kind-of-place’ in Sydney then this is it. I’ll be in my element here – checking out the competition in the designer boutiques, sipping heavenly coffee in one of the many buzzing coffee shops as I watch the world go by, meandering round the markets or perhaps just immersing myself in the colour of this free-thinking-meets-urban-sophistication melting-pot place.
So, location, spot on.
Next – I jump to the customer reviews which have me starting to think I’ve struck gold. 281 out of 333 reviews rated this stylish Sydney boutique apartment hotel as ‘excellent’ and the rest opted for ‘very good’. Now if you know Trip Advisor you will also know that this kind of rating scenario happens about once in every gazillion cases. What’s more, many reviews mentioned ‘being spoiled’ by the service and staff and I’m well overdue for a bit of spoiling!
‘Looking good’, I’m thinking which I instantly upgrade to ‘looking perfect’ when I check out some of the apartment hotel’s photographs. ‘Urban adventure’ meets ‘daredevil design’ is how the ADGE describes itself and every photograph suggested this is no idle boast. The designer in my soul clapped its hands in glee and victory punched the air simultaneously (don’t try that at home!). Sold!
So, did the ADGE Sydney boutique apartments live up to my expectations?………you bet….with bells on! And this is the point where I must try very hard not to gush. As I write this I am sitting, with chilled wine glass in hand (I can type one-handed!) on my suite’s enormous wrap-around balcony, watching the sun sink over Sydney while the city lights start to come twinkling to life. The self-proclaimed style-guru in me hasn’t stopped celebrating the uber-modern, boldly designed and funky, light-filled place I’ve rocked up in and I find it impossible to walk through the colours of my lounge area without a self-satisfied smile.
I had intended to cook myself a meal in the apartment tonight but now I’m thinking I’ll just head down to the ADGE’s Italian style Baccomatto Osteria and stuff myself silly with tapas……perhaps followed with an indulgent dessert…..or two. Then it’s difficult decision time; do I take a stroll to one of Surry Hills’s wine bars or enjoy a long and indulgent soak in the bath, working my way through ADGE’s out-of-the-ordinary offering of complimentary toiletries before climbing between the crisp white sheets on my bed and perhaps employing the services of my smart television to entertain me. Ahhhhhh….it’s a hard life!
I’m no stranger to 4 and 5 star hotels; I’ve stayed at my share of apartment hotels too but the ADGE Apartment Hotel is in a whole class of its own and, for the price I’m paying, beats anything else I’ve ever encountered hands down.
The ‘Trip Advisor’ reviewers were not wrong with the ‘spoiling’ mentions either. There seem to be all sorts of little touches and extras here which put the especially-sweet icing on an already super-tasty cake and going that extra mile seems to be the standard.
Frayed at the edges? Noooooo -not me. But I am starting to wonder how I can stretch this trip out a little longer…….