Since the launch of Quality Hotel CSK Sydney Airport newly refurbished rooms and dining room. I return to the hotel to experience what it would be like as a solo traveller that is in need for accommodation close by Sydney Airport.
It was great to catch up with Paul Brasch, General Manager, upon arrival. We sat down in the dining room and got the inside scoop.
The 121 room hotel features upgrades across the reception area, dining room, all of the guest room, as well as the conference room which converts into a cinema by night for added guest entertainment.
“In-house guests of the Quality Hotel CKS Sydney Airport can look forward to the affordable boutique accommodation, with superior rooms and delivering quality services” says Paul Brasch,
Every detail of the hotel has an element of modern contemporary in its furnishings. Artwork from the artists behind The Standard Hotel in LA, premium king coil beds, spacious bedrooms, open wardrobe, SMART TV and complimentary WiFi.
As a solo traveller or even travelling with a partner, airport hotels rooms tend to be quite small. Especially when you are carrying a large suitcase and hand-carry luggage. I recommended the superior rooms, with that the added extra space around the bed, a chaise lounge and writing bench – comfort and space saving without compromising in quality.
This evening was a busy night for the hotel. With a sporty group in-house, it was sure to be an interesting atmosphere. Not perturbed by the group, service was still good and attentive.
On the menu for this evening I opted for a hearty meal to keep me warm, as the weather drops a few degrees.
Creamy garlic prawns
A light cream sauce with garlic white wine and parsley served on a bed of rice
Char grilled 300g Scotch fillet
With roasted potato and a fresh salad, topped with crispy battered onion rings with peppercorn sauce.
Later that evening, as the sporting left for the night (early flight / start I assume) and the coaches huddled by the bar for a late cuppa. I found some time to have a chat with new chef in town. Fijian Indian Chef, Krishneel Michael brings to the kitchen personality, experience and innovation to the newly renovated hotel.
“Food is like an art to me, I start to paint a picture of how it will look like at the end. The fun is creating the recipe”. Chef explains, Fish, cumra, lemon, lime, grilled.
Shaking up the tired menu, Chef looks at the launch of his Winter Warmer menu. Still keeping the theme of home cooked meals; tempting guests with Wagyu beef burger, chicken breast, Cajun chicken, tempura battered barramundi, and a signature lamb shanks with spuds and glazed beans.
A seasonal inspiration is what sets this gastro pub and bar different to other places. With its location in Wolli Creek, local residents are looking for a venue to call “their local”.
I asked Chef Michael what ingredients you enjoy cooking with. Truffle in its original form or as an infused oil adds a unique flavour to finish off the dish. But don’t forget the basics, the right seasoning such as Sea Salt flakes and grind our own peppercorns. However, would like to explore Australian natives spices, outback and ingenious grade to the menu.
Without disappointing Chef, I somehow had room for an extra two dishes., which I took back to my room.
Tomato and basil bruschetta
Fresh Roma tomato, Spanish onions and basil drizzled with lone and truffle oil
With whipped cream seasonal fruits and passion fruit sauce.
When an early wake-up call, it was time for a light breakfast. Guests can enjoy continental or a full buffet breakfast to their choosing. Fresh fruits, pastries, muffins and toast were on offer. The hot selection was your basic run of the mill scramble eggs, bacon, hash-browns, tomato and sausages.
To my surprise Chef was up and about. I had a quick chat to him and he had mentioned that the breakfast scene is enroute to a better change. With ideas for a bakery tier stand, coffee package on the go, to even a small a-la-carte menu. I look forward to seeing that change, as breakfast is still the important meal for every traveller.
I had a lovely stay at the hotel for many reasons and some improvements could be made, but they are on the right track. Service is always on top of the list, followed by quality of the rooms and meals. Staff were always courteous it felt like a home away from home.
It is an 8min walk to Wolli Creek Station and only a few stops to the Airport. For the added convenience, airport transfers direct from the hotel are available. With affordable rates and a park & fly package, Quality Hotel CSK Sydney Airport new look is your next hotel before you travel.