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…
Note: Photo is from hotel’s website.