Unfortunately Won’t Be Doing This One Again

When arriving in Australia for the first time, doing a night in Sydney before going to the Whitsunday Islands the next morning, I was in need of an airport hotel. Cambridge Lodge out in Stanmore looked to be the most suitable option, even though approx. 30 minutes away. Located in a regular looking house in a residential area, it turned out to be pretty big, with rooms out back and in the buildings next door. It’s basic, but has a nice common area out on the deck, where I got to enjoy an early morning breakfast as when I arrived there was no room ready. The receptionist told me to go grab breakfast in the kitchen while I was waiting. The room is very basic with no bathroom, but in-room sink. After a nap and finally making sense of the directions I got before heading out to look for some food, I entered the centre of Newtown, which looked like it had a lot to offer. Only problem being I got there so late that most shops where closed, and I was too jet-lagged to wanna go to a restaurant.

And now you’re wondering why I wouldn’t wanna stay here again. Transportation to the airport. Who’s at fault I don’t know. I told the receptionist I would need a taxi in the morning to get back to the airport. Asked if I needed to book ahead. No need was the answer. Woke up and went for breakfast. Same receptionist told me to come back when I was ready to leave and he’d call a cab. As said as done. Only turned out that the taxi never showed. He called several times. Still no car. As this is in a residential area there’s not much traffic coming through. I even had to stop a guy who walked by to ask if he had a car and could take me to the airport. He was nice enough to try calling a friend who’s a taxi driver, who had worked the night before. No luck 🙁 After what felt like forever the receptionist was able to flag down a taxi which just happened to drive by. Taxi driver was surprised to hear no taxi had shown, and sped up when he realised how effing late I now was for my departing flight. I did have the same thing happen when leaving Sydney the second time, so I am starting to wonder what’s wrong with Sydney taxis…

Website: cambridgelodge.com.au

Note: Photo is from hotel’s website.

17 thoughts on “Unfortunately Won’t Be Doing This One Again

    • Thank you!! I am trying to do what I have discovered I myself tend to prefer. As you say, attention span is quite short 🙂

  1. That’s horrible! I hate it, to be so depending on public transportation and have a time limit as well. Had the same thing when I went to South-Africa. Too late I realised that during a stop in London City, my next flight would depart from London Heathrow. So within two hours I had to check out, get my luggage, race to the second airfield and check in. I will admit though, that in this case, most of it was my fault.

    • Ja, Sydney var vel ikke min favoritt, men jeg tror om jeg hadde vært med kompisen min mer, så hadde jeg hatt et annet syn på byen. På den lille turen vår tok han meg med til mange kule plasser som jeg kunne tenkt meg å sett mer av.

    • Especially when you’ve asked several times and been reassured it’s gonna be fine. I was stressed out, and he was not, until he finally realised I was gonna miss my flight unless he got a move on.

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