Should you book Skye Suites Green Square? [Review]
If you are planning a visit to Sydney and wondering if Skye Suites Green Square is a good option for your stay, you have come to the right place. We recently had a weekend staycation at Green Square and made plenty of notes, so read on for our detailed review. We have also included dining tips and things to see and do nearby.
- Is Green Square a good location to stay when you visit Sydney?
- Skye Suites Green Square
- Skye Suites facilities
- How to get to Skye Suites Green Square
- What is there to do nearby?
- Do a Gin Tasting at Archie Rose
- Taste some beer at Rocks Brewing Company
- Have some fun at Archie Brothers Cirque Electrique
- Play a few rounds at Holy Moly Mini Golf
- Test yourself a the Hijinx Hotel – interactive game experience
- Cool off at the local pool and waterpark
- Give your wallet a work out Outlet Shopping
- Explore Newtown
- Go to the races or see a show
- Visit Broadway Shopping Centre
- Where can you eat?
- So would we stay again?
Is Green Square a good location to stay when you visit Sydney?
The short answer is yes. On paper, Green Square’s central location and ease of transport options makes it an obvious contender when looking for accommodation in Sydney. Recently, we had the opportunity to test this assumption by staying at Skye Suites Green Square and spending a weekend experiencing the area as a visitor would. Read on for the long answer where we detail our experience and review Skye Suites.
Where is Green Square Sydney?
Green Square is a relatively new suburb located in inner Sydney. It is one of the city’s largest urban renewal projects and is less than 10 minutes away from both Sydney Airport and Central Station by train. Below, we’ve included a Google Map of Green Square with key points highlighted that you can save for your travels.
Skye Suites Green Square
While the area is still being developed, Green Square has already become one of Sydney’s more dynamic precincts. However, this does mean scoping out the area surrounding any accommodation options you’re considering is a good idea. Thankfully for us, the areas around our hotel and its neighbouring buildings have already been completed so construction noise wasn’t a concern.
Skye Suites Green Square is an apartment hotel located in the innovative and award-winning Infinity building. Infinity, which is a landmark in the area, was designed by Koichi Takada and developed by the Crown Group. Showcasing superior architecture, the building also houses a shopping and dining precinct and offers panoramic views of Sydney’s skyline.
As expected of any luxury hotel, Skye Suites has a heated infinity pool (something we rate highly as, though Sydney gets a lot of sun, it is definitely not always hot!), manicured gardens, a state-of-the-art gym (complete with sauna). A little less common, however, is the world class convention centre housed within the property, which will, when complete, cater to up to 400 people across multiple spaces. Unfortunately, we couldn’t scope out the convention centre as it was still receiving finishing touches.
Our apartment at Skye Suites Green Square
Arriving at our apartment on level 8 we were immediately impressed. Specifically, by the floor to ceiling windows that filled the surprisingly spacious room with light.
We stayed in a two-bedroom apartment which had a full-sized kitchen. Though we didn’t use it much because of our short stay it was equipped with everything you’d need to cook for a dinner party. The studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments all feature these fully equipped kitchens. Conveniently, we noticed a supermarket across the road, which made it easy to pick up snacks. There was also a Nespresso coffee machine and a supply of pods to get you started (much to my husband, Charlie’s delight- however, he brought his favourite pods from home!).
The adjoining living room had a 55 inch Smart TV with access to satellite channels and streaming services. WiFi is complimentary, which meant we could continue to binge our favourite show. Connecting to the internet was seamless, and the speed was great.
The bedroom offered the same comfort we found when we stayed at Skye Suites Parramatta. Namely, a Sleeping Duck memory foam bed and premium bedding with quality Egyptian cotton sheets and a good range of pillows on offer (essential for me because I am as particular about my pillows as I am about my bed!).
We had a two-bedroom suite for our visit. We didn’t use the second room; it was a little smaller with an opaque internal window. Other than that it was very similar.
Apartment layouts vary depending on the room you book. Ours had only one bathroom and did not include a bathtub. It did however have a washer and dryer which would be handy for those on a longer stay.
Skye Suites facilities
The property amenities include a heated rooftop pool on level 8. The outdoor infinity pool is surrounded by free pool cabanas perfect for catching a nap after your swim. There is also a nice warm hot tub for cooler days.
There is also a fitness centre with state-of-the-art equipment if you fancy a workout.
In the lobby, you will find f(x) a small bar perfect for a morning coffee or late night cocktail. The menu, while small, focuses on locally sourced organic produce.
Try the Blackened Cauliflower, it goes perfectly with Blood Orange Negroni. This is the perfect spot to pick up a coffee on your way to the station or a cocktail on the way home from a big day out!
How to get to Skye Suites Green Square
The Infinity Building sits directly on top of Green Square train station and the exit will bring you within 200m of the entry. Green Square Station – 2 stops from the domestic airport and 2 stops from the international airport. It’s only one stop to Central train station on the edge of the CBD (Central Business District).
If you are driving, make your way to Tweed Place and, as you enter the clearly marked parking area, ask the desk staff via the buzzer to let you in. They will help direct you to the self parking area under the hotel.
What is there to do nearby?
In a word, plenty! Along with quick and easy access to the city and all the top sites in the city, Green Square and neighbouring Rosebery and Alexandria are all foodie hotspots. Concierge services can help you discover plenty of great eats and things to do nearby, but here is what we go up to on our 2 day stay.
Do a Gin Tasting at Archie Rose
We began our stay with a visit to Archie Rose Distilling Co. which is in the Cannery about 5 minutes’ drive from Skye Suites Green Square. Australia’s most awarded distillery, Archie Rose opened in 2014 when I was living in nearby Alexandria, and I have always been a fan of their gin, but it had been some time since I had visited. Being just a few streets away, a visit was top of our list.
These days they also make whiskey, rum and vodka but I settled on trying the latest gins by ordering an Archie Rose Gin Flight.
The flight ($40) includes 5 x 15ml tastes along with garnishes and tonic. Not quite the gin connoisseur I am, my partner Charles settled on a cocktail and we ordered a toasted Ruben sandwich which helped lined the tummy, as it was a few hours till dinner time.
We sat at the bar where a very knowledgeable staff member walked me through the flight explaining all five gins and making sure we didn’t run out of mixes and garnish.
They offer several experiences, including a distillery tour and tasting, gin or whiskey blending classes, and several creative sessions like gin and watercolours, gin and clay pots. Sadly, I was a little disorganised and missed out on booking one of these, but I will head back soon.
Where: 85 Dunning Ave Rosebery NSW 2018 – a 15 to 20-minute walk or 10 mins on the bus (309)
Taste some beer at Rocks Brewing Company
If beer is more your thing, you might prefer the Rocks Brewing Company. Launching in 2008 in the Historic Rocks this was one of the first social gathering spots in the area when it opened back in 2014.
Hidden away in Sydney Corporate Park the Rocks Brewing Company is home to the brewery and Tap House. If you find yourself at Skye Green Square on a Monday, this is one of your best bets for dinner and drinks.
There are 20 taps offering a range of beers and an extensive menu. They also host Triva and other events during the week.
Where: Building 2, 160 Bourke Road Alexandria
From here, we decided we should give our livers a rest and get active. There are three great options suitable for every member of the family.
Have some fun at Archie Brothers Cirque Electrique
If you hit a wet day or just fancy being indoors for a while, Archie Brothers is fun for all ages. With arcade games, dodgems, bowling alley, carnival games and a well-stocked bar it’s very easy to spend a few hours here. Suited best for kids over 8 years and kids at heart.
Where: 85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery NSW 2018
Play a few rounds at Holy Moly Mini Golf
Right next door to Archie Brothers is Holy Moley. Fun for the whole family, this is a 5 star mini golf course offers 27 holes over 3 levels, although you can choose to do any of the 3 x 9-hole courses. Allow about 40 minutes for each of the nine-hole courses.
Some parts are quite challenging, so probably best suited to kids’ primary school aged and older. While there are plenty of kids around in the daytime at night, it’s a much older crowd. I can’t speak firsthand, but my twenty-something daughter has been twice and said it was great fun at night.
Where: 75 O’Riordan St, Alexandria
Test yourself a the Hijinx Hotel – interactive game experience
If you like escape rooms, then you might like to check into Hijinx Hotel. With 15 unique challenge rooms, you may take a while to check out! Unless you have a genius in your party. My partner and I are always reluctant to do escape rooms alone as neither of us is particularly good at them.
Hijinks is different, here you work your way through a few rooms staying 4 minutes in each and scoring as many points (solving clues) as you can in the allotted time.
Where: 75 O’Riordan St, Alexandria NSW 2015
Cool off at the local pool and waterpark
We started our second morning with a swim at the Guayama Park Aquatic & Recreation Centre, which is within walking distance of the hotel. If you are travelling with kids, this is a must, the undercover water play area is fantastic.
Day passes are available and there is also a crèche that can be booked by non-members too.
Where: 17 Zetland Avenue, Zetland
Give your wallet a work out Outlet Shopping
Botany Road is home to some great outlet shopping. Take a stroll to the north or south and you will pass several outlets. I popped into the New Balance store where you can get some real bargains.
Other stores along this strip include Industrie Clothing, Nudie Jeans Co., Puma, Kelly Country, Seafolly and Christmas World just to name a few.
The quirky shops and fabulous street art murals of the inner west Newtown are just a 20 minute bus ride away. Save our street art walk to your phone and head off to see how many of these fantastic murals you can find.
Go to the races or see a show
The 370 bus will have you at Randwick Racecourse in 20 minutes and the Hordern Pavilion and Entertainment Quarter are a short taxi ride away.
Visit Broadway Shopping Centre
Broadway Shopping Centre is the largest shopping mall near the centre of Sydney. The same bus, the 370 can have you there in 35 minutes in busy traffic. There is a good range of clothing stores and also a Target and Kmart store.
Where can you eat?
Infinity has its own retail precinct which offers a selection of dining options including Social Society, Bashan Noodle, Cafe Noun, Gong Cha Tea, Nam2 and lots more. On this visit, we ate dinner at the Potting Shed in nearby Alexandria.
There is a bar and cafe in the foyer, but on our visit we were given a voucher to dine for breakfast at Social Society.
Our stay was quite last minute, and we didn’t manage to get a reservation at any of the restaurants near the hotel instead we ate dinner at the nearby Potting Shed at the Grounds of Alexandria. They are famous for their themed decorations, this time of year it was Christmas central! Alternatives include Three Blue Ducks or Al Aseel both just a short drive away.
So would we stay again?
We sure would. This is a great location for exploring Sydney with buses to Redfern Station, Bondi and trains to the city and the airport right at your door.
We would also recommend this as a fantastic option for a Sydney Staycation or for anyone living nearby with family coming to visit.
Our stay at SKYE Suites was hosted in exchange for our honest review of the property.