I traveled from Brisbane to Sydney by plane yesterday and then again today for work, flying on Virgin as per normal but this time staying at Bankstown Travelodge Hotel which is located inside (or above) the Bankstown Sports Club.
I started a new job and pretty much a new career in the last months and my area to service for sales and also to travel has decreased from my last role and so I don’t fly to Sydney as much anymore and also my travel to North Queensland is limited to the Sunshine Coast, Gympie, Hervey Bay and Bundaberg areas currently and I drive to these areas.
If you fly from Brisbane to Sydney the flight time takes about an hour and thirty five minutes depending on airport congestion etc and depending on which way you are going, Brisbane to Sydney or Sydney to Brisbane make sure you check and change your watch as you have to take into consideration the time difference during daylight saving hours as well.
I’ve spoken to quite a few people who have missed meetings due to the time difference not being taken into consideration.
So I caught the red eye flight from Brisbane to Sydney which saw me leaving at 6am Brisbane time and arriving at Sydney airport around the 8.35 am mark.
After a day of meetings I was taken to our abode for the night which this time was the Bankstown Travelodge which is a very big complex incorporating the Bankstown Sports Club with a lot of rooms to stay in and also many different bars and restaurants all under the one roof which is great if you don’t want to drive or walk to get a meal or if you want to do something for the evening.
The rooms were around $156 for a night for a double bed and an extra single with a TV etc in them, as you can see the rooms are adequate for a night stay.
Now I’m not one to complain and I’m not that precious either, the room and the facilities were great except for the big ball of women’s hair that was still in the shower plug hole which I had to pick out and put into a rubbish bin, now it makes you wonder a bit about the cleaners and the quality control for cleaning bathrooms.
It reminded me of a wig or a birds nest sitting there right on the drain hole, anyway moving on.
The only other thing too was the fact there was no gym, unless this is part of their renovation I think they need to pick up the pace and put a gym into the club for the people staying here, just so you can train at whatever time of the night or morning without having to travel out of the complex.
I ended up having a couple of beverages in the sports bar in the evening watching a replay of the Superbowl and then moving onto the restaurant area where we were told the Italian Restaurant was a great place to have a meal.
There are eight different places to eat at the Bankstown Sports Club, so you are very spoilt for choice.
The Italian Restaurant was closed for renovations so we ended up in the Chinese Restaurant which is called the Imperial Jade Palace.
We were escorted to our table by the friendly staff and ordered, the food came out very quickly and I have to say the food was great and so full of flavour too, I recommend to anyone going to the sports club to eat there if you are a fan of Chinese food.
A quick note too if you are looking up Imperial Jade Palace in your search engine, they say they aren’t open on a Monday on the Bankstown Sports Club website, but we ate there on a Monday night at 8pm so they must have changed their opening hours I’d say.
Also a pleasant surprise was the bill when it came out at the end, very reasonable for a great meal.
After this with an early start that morning and also the next morning it was off to bed after this, the bed was comfortable and the room was quiet, I was on the sixth floor so not to high up with window views of the surrounding buildings.
Off to the office in the morning for another lot of meetings and the area above the foyer was filled with tradesmen including a man with a jack hammer, so a few renovations were going on.
I didn’t hear them in the morning as I was on the sixth floor but my work colleague did and he was on the fifth floor.
The thing to keep an eye on when staying in the Bankstown Travelodge Hotel is that they take off the amount for your room and a $100 excess when you give them your credit card on arrival, then they take your credit card upon check out and process properly, the problem comes if you look at your bank account as the credit card amount for $256 stays on there for a few days until the $156 amount and a credit card surcharge comes out properly in the coming days, so just be aware if you run your credit card close to the line that the first amount holding on your account is more than you expect which wasn’t explained to me when checking in.
So in the office for a day, then back off to the airport for the flight home from Sydney to Brisbane.
The run to the airport was a good one too which is surprising in Sydney, make sure you allow a lot of time to travel to the airport and also for check in too as you don’t know the volume of traffic and also you don’t know about the volume of people at the airport too.
Onto the plane after checking in and going through the x-ray machines, we had to wait a little before we took off due to delays in Brisbane, then we were in the air and off, I slept a little and also wrote a little on the trip.
A quick flight on the way home and we landed pretty much on schedule.
So all in all a great flight both ways from Brisbane to Sydney on Virgin, make sure you are checked in at least half an hour before your flight and make sure enjoy the hour and a half in the air as it doesn’t take that much time to fly from Brisbane to Sydney at all.