==Australian Heritage Hotel, Sydney==
I have family that has emigrated to Australia, they have been there a few years now and whenever I get the chance I go over and visit them and I get to see some of the wonderful country that they are now lucky enough to live in. I love Australia and I love visiting new places and trying new things.
The Australian is a 'heritage hotel' and the hotel has been in business for almost 200 years and has beenaround since 1913. This is really old for a hotel so there is some amazing architecture to take in. The building is attractive and well preserved. There are stunning examples of Edwardian style architecture from the tiling through to the tap faucets.
The Australian Heritage Hotel still has many of its pre-existing features, such as the metal awnings, etched signage and saloon style bar doors. My daughter was staying here, so often came to meet her. The hotel pub was recommended by my sister who told me that they served native animals on pizza. I was not impressed by this, but my husband was itching to see what all the fuss was about.
The Australian is located in the heart of Sydney and is a short walk away from the Harbour bridge and The Rocks shopping centre. The hotel has a rooftop terrace that holds a fantastic view of the Sydney opera house. Seeing it from here, is quite breathtaking.
Although this is technically a hotel, the majority of people who visit here are just drinking and eating. The atmosphere and service is so friendly and welcoming, it is easy to see why it is so popular. The pub itself is just a really nice traditional pub and would be quite a good remedy if you were feeling a bit homesick. They serve real ales too (which is a bit of a novelty in Oz ) including beers from the James Squire micro brewery. My husband loves real ale so he was particularly delighted with some of the ales. I stuck to wine!
The rooms of the hotel are not grand but are all decorated to a high standard. They have features such as antique furniture and charming cosy rugs and nice artwork. The rooms are priced around $99 -$120, depending on whether you have a double, twin or queen bed. Most of the rooms have a shared bathroom which puts me off as I like to have my own facilities. Al the rooms have tea and coffee making facilities and a complimentary continental breakfast is served to all. They are wonderfully clean though and my daughter who was staying here, showed me how tidy and well kept the rooms and corridors were.
The main reason we came here is for the outrageous pizzas though. I decided to have a wild crocodile pizza at $15.70 for a regular one. The pizza was tiny but the toppings were plentiful. I really enjoyed the pizza though. I'm usyally quite traditional in my food choices at home! My husband chose the kangaroo pizza which was nice but I certainly preferred mine.