About this listing
Private bedroom (with a lockable door)Queen size bedAll linen, pillows, blankets, bath towels, etc, provided tooBalconyFully air-conditionedFree WiFiAlarm clock
The heart of Pyrmont - Union Sq. & Harris St. Pyrmont is only 2minutes walk (1 block) away. And the Sydney CBD is just a 10 minute stroll from our front door.
We'd appreciate a message & some conversation *before* you make your reservation request...It'll help speed things up, and smooth things out... oh, and read the bits about check in/bag drops (check in/bag drops 6.30pm)
G'Day from Sydney!
Thanks for coming to check out our listing :)
We have another btw... http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/73639 if this one is unavailable
"Sydney City Home with Harbour Views"; our spare room in the attic.
This is not a business, or a hotel, or a B&B. This is our home :) As we were among the first AirBnB'ers in Sydney (travellers + hosts) we've developed quite an extensive profile based on all the guest questions we've answered. Reading through the description, and the "House Rules" (Next tab across from the "Amenities" tab), you'll find all the important information you need... Feel free to send us a message with any question you have about us, our home, Pyrmont, Sydney, or AirBnB... We'd love to hear from you! :D
Your room: Private bedroom (with a lockable door)Queen size bedAll linen, pillows, blankets, bath towels, etc, provided tooBalconyFully air-conditionedFree WiFiAlarm clock
Breakfast included:Breakfasty things and tasty treatsBread Total access to "the Seinfeld cupboard"All the Vegemite you can handleTeas & coffees: We're espresso fiends, please don't blame us if you leave our place fully wired, or addicted to single origin ;p
Your Sydney Home:Amazing views of the Sydney Harbour, White Bay, and Glebe IslandFully self contained, three level terrace house,Only 2 minutes walk from the centre of PyrmontJust minutes walk from everything Sydney offersClose to the Airport & all public transportQuiet streetOutdoor deck with seating and water viewsFully air-conditionedFree WiFi throughout the entire houseGuest access to Apple desktop with IPTV and VoIP callsPrinter so you can print your ticketsFully equipped kitchenPlus the staples - oils, salts & peppers, vinegars, flours, etcFree use of the laundry: Front load washer and dryerThe coolest little dog
Because the house is on three levels, and the stairs are steep, we wouldn't recommend the property for people who like to travel with lots of luggage, big people, people with any mobility issues, or for children.
We also have a little dog (a Pomeranian), so again, not recommended for those with allergies or aversions.
We'll provide you with keys, and there's easy (and secure) access, so you can come and go as you please. We work from home, so there's generally always someone around.
Guest Bathroom (shared):Shower with instant (full pressure) hot waterHair-dryerTowels providedA vast array of hotel shampoos, conditioners, and soapsForgotten something? We've a little stockpile of toothbrushes, razors, toothpaste, sunscreens, etc that you can grab if you really need them too
Pyrmont - An Inner City Village of Sydney:Relaxed community feel with an inner city vibeThink Brooklyn before the HipstersPyrmont is only about 2kms from the centre of SydneyExtensive range of local restaurants, wine bars, and pubsSome seriously good baristas and cafesFive star fine dining right through to greasy-spoon takeawaysSome of Australia's finest dining restaurants within easy reachDarling Harbour and Cockle BayExhibition and Convention CentresPyrmont Point ParkJones Bay WharfStar Casino - Food Halls, Bars, and the Lyric TheatrePowerhouse MuseumNational Maritime MuseumBest grocer/fromagerie in Sydney (Simon Johnson's)Also a great wine-merchant on the end of our streetFantastic deli Signorelli Gastronomia round the cornerFood stores, grocery, and supermarketsPyrmont Growers Market 1st Saturday monthly; farm direct & artisan foodies
Pyrmont was once a thriving industrial waterfront / working port area with ship-building, factories and wool-stores. Over the last decade there's been a considerable influx of new residents and commercial / residential development that has transformed the area into a trendy mix of inner city residents and commercial HQs. For example (website hidden) has their Sydney office, the "(website hidden)plex" just down the road, as is Fairfax Media, NOKIA, and the Seven Network (TV). Media Production houses, boutique cable TV channels, etc.
The UTS campus, the ABC's Ultimo headquarters (Australia's National Broadcaster), the Sydney Convention Centre, and the Sydney Entertainment Centre, are all within walking distance. Sydney University is about 20 minutes walk away (only 10 mins in a cab or bus).
Eat, Drink, and be merry:
Being ex-restaurateurs we'd be more than happy to point you in the right direction for a great meal in Sydney. And there's plenty on tap too. You can't walk more than a block in any direction without walking into the front bar of a local pub, or a wine bar, or a great cafe, or restaurant…
To give you an idea, there's seven of Australia's top restaurants within easy walking distance (Quay, Tetsuya, Est., Bilson's, Rockpool, Becasse, & Guillaume At Bennelong).
And with a full range of cafes and restaurants in between, right through to the cheap & cheerful Harry's Cafe de Wheels (a late night Sydney institution), Noodle King, and all the vibrant offerings of Chinatown there's no end of options... Modern Australian, Persian, Goan, Japanese, Indonesian, Malay, Italian, Indian... All at our door
Must do's in Pyrmont include Bar Zini, Gallon, Hannah's Pies, Blue Eye Dragon, and Made in Italy.
Really close - Sydney CBD & the other inner city villages:An easy 10 minute walk into the city centreShopping: QVB, TGV, etc… "Lacroix Sweetie Lacroix"Circular Quay, the Sydney Opera House, and BridgeClimbKing Street WharfMuseum of Contemporary ArtArt Gallery of NSWSydney MuseumHyde ParkBotanic GardensChinatown, Paddy's Markets, and the Chinese GardensSurry HillsPaddingtonThe historic Rocks areaKings CrossCarriageWorks Famers Markets @ Everleigh every Saturday
Public transport right at the door - excellent services late into the night (weekends too)City bus every 10 minutesTrams every 12 minutesMono-rail (better than Shelbyville's)Ferries from Darling Harbour and Circular QuayTrains from Town Hall, Central, and Wynyard
Transport options are great: tram, mono-rail, and buses are all pretty much at the doorstep, and a main Sydney City (Town Hall) & train station is only 10 minutes walk away too. Central Station is 15 - 20 minutes walk (5 mins by bus or tram).
The international and Domestic airports are only about 15 - 20 minutes drive away (longer during traffic peaks), again, all easily accessible by public transport too.
We'll send you maps and full details when we confirm your booking.
--> Please send us a message & have a chat with us BEFORE you make your reservation request
--> Please only make a reservation request for the exact (and complete) dates that you require. You can use the Calendar Tab on our listing to see our availability month by month. If the dates you require are not showing as available on that calendar, it's because we're booked for those dates... Sorry :(
--> Please see the "House Rules" Tab for more info & check in / bag drop details, etc. Best to chat with us about your intended arrival time before you make a reservation request. :)
--> We're much more likely to accept requests from AirBnB'ers with profiles, friends, & recommendations, etc. In the same way you feel more comfortable knowing more about the people you're staying with, we do too. :)
Please just send us a message if you've any questions about staying with us, or visiting Sydney.
Vinh & Stuart
Well done for reading this far!
Most people don't :(
Sorry, this is so long, but we know we've pretty well answered all your questions now ;p
Our house is your house - we're not a hotel, it's a home. We look forward to welcoming you.
Interaction with Guests
As much or as little as you like. We'll be home when you stay.
Pyrmont is an inner-city village of Sydney. Only about 2kms from the Sydney CBD (Central Business District) / Core. Next door to Darling Harbour.
Pyrmont was once a vital component of Sydney's industrial waterfront, with wharves, shipbuilding yards, factories and wool-stores.
That history remains and in recent years Pyrmont has experienced a resurgence with an influx of residents and office workers.
Cafés, restaurants, and plenty to see and do in the neighbourhood.
Bus at the door. Trams/trains/ferries all conveniently a couple of minutes away.
Easy walk to everywhere (everywhere you want to go anyways).
Other Things to Note
Vinh Van Lam & Stuart Horrex are the cofounders of CoSydney - Sydney CoWorking + Project Space.
Feel free to check out the ArtSHINE Gallery, and meet the CoSydney CoWorking community while you're here too.
Our check in time / bag drop time for you will be 6.30pm. And an earlier bag drop wouldn't be available either. Sorry... We've been left waiting too many times to be able to make other arrangements...
While we work from home, and there's generally always someone around, we've a few reasons for the 6.30pm check in / bag drop time... One of them is that we're really flexible with check out times... :)
We may be able to arrange some bag drops / check ins earlier, but we do need to make those arrangements well in advance. So if the 6.30pm check in time isn't your preference, please talk to us about it *before* you make your reservation. :)
There's some luggage lockers we can suggest right near Central Station... So you can enjoy the day sight seeing without having to carry your bags around everywhere...
We'd ask that you'd please not smoke inside the house. We've a sheltered, undercover area outside that you're more than welcome and free to use.
We tend to work from home. Although we are out and about visiting clients, we also meet clients in our home office & work by phone too. So this means that our home would be better suited to guests wanting to be out sightseeing during the day, rather than spending the days inside.
We'll give you keys so you can come and go as you need... Ours it's not the place to host late night parties - but if that's what you're looking for we can certainly point you in the right direction :) And because your bedroom is upstairs it's unlikely that you'll disturb us with late night / early morning comings and goings.
Every experience we've had with AirBnB has been positive - Whether we've been hosting, or guests, we've met kind & considerate people, had interesting conversations, and made great new acquaintances & friends. We don't imagine you'll be any different, and we look forward to welcoming you into our home.
From Dec 14, 2015 - Jan 31, 2016 the minimum stay is 3 nights.
Thanks lads. Very easy, and seamless stay over the weekend. Will keep you guys in mind next I'm in Sydney. Cheers.
Positives - Vinh was very accommodating and welcoming. Quick breakfast food being available.
Okay - Room was AirBnB average, location close enough to walk 1.5 miles to the main action areas around Circular Quey and The Rocks.
Not so Good - thought price a bit high ($20) as better locations IMO after visiting Sydney for tourists are around Central Station or just north towards Circular Quey,Chinatown, Darling Harbour or The Rocks. If I visit again, I will look in those areas as not only feel better location for tourist, but were about $20 per night cheaper for similar quality. There neighborhood seems great for locals to live, close, but not too close to the city as well as main tourist area.
Thanks for the feedback Darren. Always appreciated - everything helps us improve.
We use Airbnb's automatic pricing. So prices fluctuate according to their algorithm, demand, etc (and all the secret Airbnb herbs and spices).
While we've set our prices at AUD95 for the sofa bed (attic room) and AUD110 for the our spare bedroom the Airbnb system offers them for anything from 70 to 135... Go figure
Have spent a wonderful 2 nights with Vinh and Stuart. Their home is in a fantastic location-everything you need is within reach but its still quiet enough to be relaxing! I really appreciated the guys' hosting style-they were friendly,welcoming and helpful without being overbearing-a difficult skill to master! House was spotless and has everything you need. Would definitely stay again if in the area.
Thats a great experience for me to live in this warm and comfortable house,Vinh and Stuart are very friendly and helpful host,Thank you very much!
Lovely place to stay - I'm very happy I chose it.
Vinh & Stu were very friendly and welcoming.
The location was very convenient to my workplace, and to many charming restaurants, cafes and bars in Pyrmont. Thanks for the recommendations!
The room and bed were clean and comfortable. The room was a little cold (in the coldest part of Sydney's winter) but the bed was warm.
Real nice hosts. Real nice house in Sydney. It's cold when we arrive at Sydney. But Vinh and Stuart 's house is warm. Our room and the bathroom are tidy and decorated. Vinh introduced Sydney to us, food, place to go, et. The lovely dog kenji is friendly and quiet. The traffic there is really good. We can walk to fish market and darling harbor in less than 20minutes. It's a wonderful experience in AU.
We had a great stay with Vinh and Stuart. Their home was lovely and very close to the city. On arriving we met Vinh who was very welcoming and showed us everything we needed. As Stuart was away on business we only met him briefly but Vinh was great and advised us on public transport etc, but we walked everywhere as it was all so close. Vinh was also happy to advise us on things to do and his knowledge of the area was really helpful! We had a great stay at Vinh and Stuart's place and felt right at home. We would definitely stay again, highly recommended!
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About the Host, Vinh+Stuart
G'Day from Australia!
He's Vinh, and I'm Stuart...
We're big fans of AirBnB having used it when traveling in the USA not long after AirBnB first started.
Since then we've enjoyed traveling with AirBnB across the US, around Australia, in Hong Kong, and also in Vietnam.
As guests we're always out & about most of the time and won't be intruding too much.
We're neat & tidy and vibrant conversationalists...
We're business coaches and small business owners.
We operate a coworking space in Sydney - CoSydney CoWorking + Project Space.
So here's an open invitation to come check us out.
My partner Vinh is a keen traveler who works a lot with artists and designers in his coaching practice. He's the energetic, vibrant one...
I lived in Bolivia for a year as a young man just out of school and have worked in social enterprises and not for profits over the years. I'm the more serious, bookish one (with a wicked sense of humour though). Currently working in financial services too...
One of the things we're keen to do is catch up with some social entrepreneurs, coworkers, not for profits, and microfinanciers.
We're particularly interested social enterprise, coworking, and small business incubators & mentoring projects.
More that happy to answer any questions that you may have.
All the best,
Vinh & Stuart
My eRated username is stuart horrex