Wollongong hotels provide Sydney area visitors with some good alternatives to the hotels that are found in Sydney proper. For starters, the hotels in this seaside city are well-priced, so they can be especially ideal for travelers who are interested in relatively low rates. Another bonus is that the Wollongong hotels are close to an array of beaches, and if you don't want to stay in the big city, that's just one more reason to give them a look. Sydney is only about 50 miles away, so anyone who secures accommodations in Wollongong will find it relatively easy to travel back and forth, especially with car rentals.
One of the best hotels in Wollongong is the Medina Executive (pictured). Found in the heart of the city's lively Central Business District at 19 Market Street, this hotel is ideally situated for those who want to be in the heart of town. The accommodations come in the form of studio and one-bedroom apartments, and there are 71 of them to choose from. The decor in the apartment units is stylish, and the standard amenities include a fully equipped kitchen, Internet access (added fee), a safe, air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, and a private balcony. Guests will also have access to hair dryers and irons, and the digital alarm clocks can come in handy when you need to wake up in time for a flight or any other number of things. A pool, a hot tub, a sauna, and a gym figure among the Medina Executive facilities, and the hotel also offers ample facilities for things such as weddings and seminars.
Travelers who are interested in staying at one of the best hotels in Wollongong might also give the Best Western City Sands a look. This four-star hotel is found within the boundaries of the Wollongong Golf Club, so it can be an especially good place to stay for golfing enthusiasts. The 18-hole course at the Wollongong Golf Club is a links-style course that offers excellent ocean views. As is true of some of the other Wollongong hotels, the Best Western City Sands offers apartment-style units that offer many of the comforts of home. The twenty guest units come in the form of one- and two-bedroom apartments, all of which are equipped with a kitchenette, a balcony, cable TV, free Internet access, air conditioning, and a direct dial phone. Outside of the rooms, guests will find special areas that are reserved for conferences and other events. They will also find an onsite restaurant that is open for lunch and dinner on a daily basis. Breakfasts are served at the restaurant on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
For travelers who are seeking cheap accommodations in Wollongong, the Hotel Ibis can be a good fit. This budget-friendly hotel at the corner of Market and Church streets offers 150 rooms with air conditioning, as well as an a la carte restaurant. The off-street parking is free and secure, and you can walk to the main shopping area or the local beaches. Chic decor can be found in the 150 rooms, and while they are not the largest around, they feature flat-screen TVs, telephones, coffee makers, and private bathrooms with showers and hair dryers, which is all that many travelers will need. Internet access is available for an added fee at the Hotel Ibis Wollongong, and there is a bar to complement the restaurant. The buffet breakfasts are included in the rates at the Ibis Wollongong, and this can be reason enough to book a stay.
When cheap accommodations in Wollongong are the aim, another lodging establishment that might pique your interest is the Normandie Motel. Found at 30 Bourke Street, this motel in North Wollongong is a short walk from North Beach. The City Center, should you be wondering, is about five minutes away by car. Since it only has seventeen rooms, the Normandie Motel maintains a relatively intimate environment. Complementing the rooms are a restaurant, a bar, and conference facilities, and guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi in their rooms and the bar area. The decor is low frills at the Normandie Motel, which helps to keep the rates in check, and if you really want to save, you can try to secure one of the single budget rooms without air conditioning. The double rooms are equipped with air conditioning. As for the amenities that can be found in all the rooms, they include a phone with a data point, a color TV, a coffee maker, and a mini fridge. The en suite bathrooms have showers, and hair dryers are provided. The Normandie Motel has a no smoking policy in the rooms, and it also ensures a peaceful environment by putting a ban more or less on partying.