Amid the construction chaos that encircles Sydney Airport, some order has finally emerged with the completion and opening today of the 136-room Mantra Hotel, a 15 minute walk from the domestic terminals.
“It’s an incredibly exciting addition for us,” said Bob East, CEO of Mantra Group, which was chosen to manage the nine-level building by its owner, Sydney Airport Corporation (SAC).
Retiring Sydney Airport CEO Kerrie Mather said at today’s opening ceremony that “this is the first time we have led the design and development of a hotel and recognise how important quality accommodation is as part of the overall airport experience.”
Demand is running ahead of forecasts, she said, stimulated for the four-star property by opening rates as as low as of $159, which compares favourably with the $139 charged by the budget Ibis next door.
However, local competition will soon intensify with a 209-room Travelodge set to open nearby in early September.
Other brands in the area include Pullman, Quest, Stamford and Rydges.
Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport occupies a strip of land between Ross Smith Ave and busy General Holmes Drive.
It’s an attractive, modern hotel with a reflected glass facade. Rooms are compact 19 sqm, all bar seven exactly the same (see above and below).
This has meant some compromises (there are no wardrobes for example) but the rooms are clean, bright and airy, perfect for the primary market – airline passengers in transit.
There’s a simple restaurant with good light and food. Staff are sometimes inexperienced but always enthusiastic.
Insider tip: Rooms facing airport are clearly the better option – they are quieter and have good views of the Sydney Airport tarmac and Botany Bay.