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“The Sydney foreshore gets no better than this”

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28 reviews
Room with a view
Have fun from the Captains Deck
Relax and enjoy the view of the beach
Wake up to this view each morning
Lovely brand new en suite
Bedroom 2
Bedroom 3
Every room with a stunning view
After a day on holiday or at work come home to tranquility
Happy days relaxing
Meet some of the locals
If you do not want to waste a minute of your holiday, join the early morning swimmers at dawn
Good morning
Start the day early with a run or a gentle stroll along the beach
The park beside The Oriana
Spectacular rainbows frame the Heads
Lounge room -  yet reception room to relax and enjoy the views
Another beautiful dawn
At the end of the day relax enjoying spectacular sunsets looking toward the Heads
Good morning
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Condo/Apartment -
3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Balmoral, Mosman, Greater Sydney, New South Wales

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Ozekid
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46 reviews
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“The Oriana - More Like a Boarding House than Short Term Rental”
Reviewed 11 March 2015 for a stay in February 2015
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I usually save my sum-up for the end of the review - however, I feel this one requires a preamble. I think that the apartment owner simply couldn't get a break as the apartment has lots of good reviews. The landlady was clearly having a bad week - But this is no excuse for wrecking my holiday stay!

Here are my top warnings for staying at the Oriana:
* Wonderful reception with basics stocked in the fridge to get you started - milk, salt, pepper, oil, a chilled bottle of wine and some home cooked treats.
* Things went astray about two hours after arrival when as we realised that we felt like we were staying in the top floor of a boarding house (the owner/landlady living below us; and her son (I believe) living on the ground floor of the three apartment building).
* The two pages of rules (in 10pt) stuck on the fridge door is just the beginning. Many of these are in addition to the Terms and Conditions sent at booking time so read very very carefully as they are not your standard list of items!
* The landlady/owner came up everyday for one thing or another (we had no privacy):
* wanted to add a pair of scissors to the inventory as it was short,
* wanted to give a hand towel for the toilet as she hadn’t put one in (BTW, each guest got exactly one towel set each and nothing more - no beach towels or extra bathroom floor towels even!),
* the gas flu was turned off (at ground level!) and the owner and her son freely just walked in to wander around,
* we didn’t fully close the awning that was outlined in the Rules, so she let herself in (and re-arranged towels I had hanging to dry at the same time)!
* We had some friends visit from interstate (a family) for the night and stay two nights. In the T&Cs it states that you will be charged for extra guests so we thought it would be fine - all fair. The landlady had NO right to yell at us and tell us told off for it. They didn’t sleep on the floor or couches and we were quiet - no parties as it was just two families together.
* The Local Council needed to do an inspection and we were asked to go out for a few hours (we were kindly given Zoo tickets which was fair compensation — except that she wanted them back when we told her we didn’t use them)!
* The place has no air-conditioning so don't stay in summer - with all the windows it becomes a sauna. Fans are available but not adequate.
* At night the place has A LOT of cockroaches - this is due to needing to open up all doors and windows during the day to get a good breeze through (to cool the place down). Some fly screens would helpful, but only the Kitchen window has them and they are full of holes!!

Disclaimer// we did burn a pan and I can understand not wanting to break up a set - but emails every few days after we left, and then a $50 charge for a single pot is simply rubbish — even for an induction stove. The apartment didn’t have any soup pots so I used my own - a cheap supermarket one that is four years old and it worked on the induction top without any problem. By now I simply wanted to be done with the whole experience so have not bothered to complain.

The location is beautiful and we will continue to travel to Australia and Balmoral Beach each year, as we have done for the last 5. We will not go anywhere near The Oriana though!

Travelling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
17 Mar 2015
Thank you Anastasia for taking the time to post your review about your stay last month.
I am so sorry you misinterpreted our help in responding to requests and favours as over-servicing

Helen
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Nathan L
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“The Sydney foreshore gets no better than this”
Reviewed 16 January 2015 for a stay in December 2014

Fantastic location and beautiful apartment that is literally set on the beach - and one of Sydney's most pretty beaches in Balmoral. 180 degree views of the harbour and heads that take your breath away. Perfect for children young (ours are 1yr and 2yrs) or old. Everything needed for your stay is provided by the attentive owner. We couldn't recommend Oriana more highly, and we intend to stay again on our next trip to Sydney.

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Liked best: The location and vista
Liked least: Nothing!
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Jo C
Byron Bay, Australia
2 reviews
“Spectacular location, iconic property, friendly hosts"”
Reviewed 12 January 2015 for a stay in December 2014

The Oriana has to be one of the best located holiday spots in Sydney, especially if you're travelling with young kids.

The views are exceptional - over the harbour, straight out the heads and down the beach. Walk down the steps and you're on the sand, a short stroll and you've got a great selection of cafés, restaurants, parks and walks. We hardly had reason to leave, which with 3 kids under 7yo, that's a definite positive for us!

The gentle waves of Balmoral are perfect for little ones and having easy access to boating facilities was great for us, with family aboard our boat right outside.

The apartment was clean and comfortable and Helen and David made us feel very welcome - we would definitely like to stay again.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 9 April 2014 for a stay in December 2013

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Liked best: location
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Large groups
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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 13 March 2014 for a stay in January 2014

Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 February 2014 for a stay in December 2013

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Liked best: The Location
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Kampala, Uganda
Reviewed 8 November 2013 for a stay in October 2013

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Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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