Crowne Plaza Coogee offers plenty of coastal comforts
My family and I moved out of Sydney over a year ago, and even though we love our tree change we never forgot about the wonderful experiences we had in the big city so when an opportunity arose to go back there and sample some of its highlights we took it.
One of my favourites things about Sydney is the coastal lifestyle. There aren't many cities in the world that can boast so many beautiful, clean beaches and awe-inspiring coastal walks - my favourite being the Coogee to Bondi walk - or vice versa depending which end you start.
If you're going to be in Sydney for the weekend and want to be based near the walk one place we can recommend is the Crowne Plaza Coogee just across the road from the beach and the coastalk walk.
My partner and two kids had two adjoining King Superior Ocean Front Suites which were a reasonable size and offered plenty of creature comforts. The highlights of the rooms were the dramatic coastal views you got from the balcony. You won't get a better ocean vista especially if you're on one of the higher storeys.
We arrived on the Friday night and the underground parking meant we didn't have to worry about fighting for a car spot on the street, and the friendly staff at reception sorted out our rooms quickly. The kids were excited about the activities on offer in the hotel - movies, art classes, games rooms and of course swimming pool.
On the Saturday morning after a great night's sleep it was into Shutters restaurant for a satisfying breakfast buffet. Beside all the usual fruits, juices, and hot buffet food a chef is there to make you an omelette and the baristas will satisfy your caffeine addiction which the perfect brew.
Once we were all full, we took on the Coogee to Bondi walk - for a review of the 7km return walk click here.
We had a perfect Sydney winter's day - cool temperature with plenty of sunshine and my daughter wasn't afraid to jump in the ocean to a quick dip.
After the walk we got back to the hotel and the kids disappeared for an hour or so keeping themselves busy with the range of kids' activities. We then showered and headed downstair to Estate Restaurant for an early dinner.
Estate takes inspiration from its picturesque beachy location whilst paying homage to the lively seaside bars and bistros of America’s west coast. You get that straight away. The light-filled restaurant was buzzing but not too noisy that we couldn't have a conversation and talk about the day’s activities.
For starters we chose some tasting plates - yellow fin tuna, kingfish tostada, old bay spice mussels and baked scallops plus the grown ups had a cocktail (or two). And mains included grilled king prawns with Cajun butter and Philly cheese steak tacos. All very good dishes.
Back at the room the kids crashed and we watched a film on the TV before also turning in.
The 11am check out on the Sunday meant we could eat breakfast at Shutters then head to the beach and shops one final time before checking out.
Our Coogee weekend and our stay at the Crowne Plaza was just the Sydney hit we needed after being away from the city for a year and we know we won't leave it so long to return.