The Mercure rooms are spacious and confortable

THE CALM BEFORE THE VOYAGE

It's 11pm on the Chinese Lunar New Year and the competent, friendly staff of the Mercure Sydney International Airport Hotel are checking in some late arrivals.

On the recently-updated white marble check-in counter is the largest glass bowl of fortune cookies in town, a testimony to the hotel’s determination to add value and to make the most of the occasions that bring their visitors.

Across the sparkling marble lobby with its on-trend touches of black, burnt orange and brown, the hotel’s cosily-renovated bar is in full swing. Frosty pots of amber beer are illuminated in the down-lights of the inviting space and the hum of contented drinkers can be heard resonating convivially throughout the night.

With just some artwork to be added, the bar has lately been transformed into an alluring space with dark floating floorboards and wooden chairs.

The bar is the latest in a long line of face-lifts for this reliable rest-stop. With finishing touches to the lobby still to be made, the hotel's guest rooms have all been completed.

The same fresh palette is used throughout with well-designed rooms dressed with throw rugs, cushions and wood paneling in a range of tangerine, chocolate, cinnamon and coffee colours.

Views from the higher floors can include a panorama of Sydney Central, spanning around to the airport. For children fascinated by air travel, this view will spawn an endless delight as planes arrive and depart at regular intervals.

With full light-blocking blinds and double glazing, this is the perfect place for travel-weary tourists to get a little shut-eye.

Another important draw-card is that while the Mercure is just minutes from Sydney airport, it has the enviable honour of being the only airport hotel not under a direct flight path.

Be sure to try Seasons Restaurant in the hotel foyer for a tasty meal that will dispel any memory of tasteless plane cuisine. On the night we were guests the restaurant, was offering a Chinese New Year set menu, a buffet and its usual a-la-carte menu.

Other selling points of this friendly pit-stop include Internet connectivity, onsite fitness centre, a regular shuttle bus to the airport, 24-hour reception and room service and access to Kogarah Golf Course. Also available are special stay, park and fly deals that will have you arriving at your destination in the best shape imaginable.

The Mercure Sydney International Airport Hotel is ideal for the regional traveller who needs to make an early flight, or the seasoned tourist who desires a rest-up before a long haul flight, or even the homeward bound jetsetter who just wants to freshen up before the final leg of the journey. Arrive, revive, relax and enjoy the peaceful comfort and superb value.

Emma Brown was an overnight guest at the Mercure Sydney International Airport Hotel in February 2015.

For more information contact

Mercure Sydney International Airport

Phone-0295182000

Web-mercuresydneyairport.com.au

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