Seahorse Shopping Guide -
Accomodation: 11 entries
If you are coming from out of town, or even if you live in Sydney and planning to spend a weekend in town, then here are a list of CD-friendly hotels and motels. I have booked in and/or booked out of many of these establishments enfemme without a problem.
Anchors Holiday Apartments
22 Boultwood St, Park Beach, Coff's Harbour, NSW 2450.
Phone: 02 6652 4573
"This is a trans-friendly business offering affordable holiday apartments in Coff's Harbour on the NSW North Coast." - Christine Parker.
"I stayed 3 nights here in August 2015, during my yearly grand tour. Lena was a great host. The apartments were large, comfortable and well-appointed." - Christine Parker.
Len and Christine (during her visit in 2015)
Mercure Hotel Sydney Airport
20 Levey St, Wolli Creek, NSW, 2205
"This is a very up-market hotel. It has been the venue of the famous Seahorse Ball in recent years, so they are quite used to scores of cross-dressers descending on the place each year." - Christine.
Best Western All Settlers Motor Inn
191, Goonoo Goonoo Rd, Tamworth, NSW, 2340
Phone: 02 6762 1566
Fax: 02 6762 2316
"This was the venue for our City-Country Weekend in October 2015. Good motel, super-friendly waitresses. Good food and wine and great company. We will be back there in 2016." - Christine.
Westend Central Apartments
20 Melbourne Street, West End, Brisbane, QLD, 4101
07 3011 8333
"I stayed here during my 2015 trip to Brisbane. The apartment was a very good size and had a kitchen its own washing machine, dryer and kitchen with a microwave." - Christine.
BreakFree Directors Studios
259 Gouger Street, Adelaide South Australia
07 3011 8333
I stayed here during my 2014 trip to Adelaide. Only a 20 minute walk into town. When I booked in, I told the receptionist that I would be dressed as a woman during my stay, to which she replied: 'No problem. We get lots of cross-dressers here'. Reception staff were great. This just 20 metres from the pub that the Carrousel Club members meet for dinner each month." - Christine.
Quality Hotel Bathurst
344 Stewart Street, 2795 Bathurst, NSW
(02) 6332 1800
"I stayed here twice for our City-Country Get-togethers. Good-sized rooms, nice restaurant with friendly staff." - Christine.
City Crown Motel
289 Crown Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010
(02) 9331 2433
Bookings Only: 1 800 358 666
Contact: Tony and Chris.
"This is conveniently located close to Oxford St and within walking distance to the Sydney CBD. They have a very nice cafe with indoor and sidewalk tables. There is limited undercover parking is available. I was very impressed by the friendliness of the management and staff. Prices: mid-range" - Christine.
"It can be rather noisy at night in the Darlinghurst area." - Christine.
Metro Inn Ryde
Cnr Victoria Rd & Bowden St, Ryde NSW 2112
(02) 9807 4022, Fax: (02) 9807 4020
"This is one of the closest motels to the Seahorse meeting place at Hunter's Hill. It has a Rating: 3.5 Stars, so it is more highly rated than the Gladesville Motel. It is easily accessible from either side of Victoria Rd. Here are a member's comments below:" - Christine.
"Firstly, the Metro is about 5-10 mins further out along Victoria Road (compared with the Gladesville Motel). It's between Top Ryde and West Ryde, on the corner with Bowden St. I can drive back from Seahorse meetings in 10 mins.
A reasonable room with shower, decent lighting and a balcony on the upstairs floor. Just perfect for a drink and ciggie while waiting for nail polish to dry!
The general decor at the Metro is much better although the corridors were looking a bit untidy.
I have checked in en homme at 6 or so on Friday and had no prying questions from staff, just friendly and efficient service. For less confident girls, a big plus is the night door. Reception closes around 9pm and so entry and exit are via a red door at the far end and for which you are given a red key. This door can be used at any time, so any girl not confident to walk past reception can slip out and return discretely." - Vikki.
"I stayed in this older style motel in December 2012 for 2 nights for the Seahorse Xmas Party. The accommodation was quite satisfactory. There was plenty of parking. There was no problem with me having breakfast there en-femme. I would stay again." - Christine.
Quest North Ryde
58-62 Delhi Road, North Ryde 2113
(02) 8899 8888
"The room cost was $120 and I found it very much worth the extra $21 over the Gladesville Motel. Larger rooms, certainly bigger bathroom, kitchenette, even a mini bar (which was tempting after the meeting but I resisted...) They also have a restaurant which was great for breakfast this morning.
Last night, after I dressed for the meeting I went from my room on the sixth floor to the car park a couple of times, sometimes encountering others in the lift but had no bad reactions. Same on return from the meeting, though I think the bloke who got into the elevator with the two of us wasn't quite sure what to make of the situation.
I'll be staying there again next time." - Jane S.
Waldorf Apartment Hotel Sydney South
Cnr Cleveland & Chippen Streets, Chippendale, Sydney, NSW
1300 555 039
"Close to the city and Newtown, this is a favourite place of many cross-dressers. It has been the venue for TrannyRadio's Christmas Party in recent years. The rooms are reasonably large and well-appointed. The reception staff are CD-friendly. There is undercover parking available. Rates: mid-range and vary depending on room size and day of the week." - Christine.
275 Little Collins St, Melbourne. Victoria.
"I have included this because I had a somewhat unpleasant experience here.
I stayed there in August 2014. The rooms were fine, however the staff's attitude was not particularly friendly, not that I expected them to be effusive about having a cross-dresser stay there. The issue was that while I holiday each year dressed as a woman for 2 weeks, most of the bookings were made in my male name (that is on my credit card).
As I booked in, the receptionist was very frosty in her manner towards me, after she realised that I was a cross-dresser as the room was booked in my male name. After that the rest of the staff were not overly friendly either, but were still quite professional. I have been around long enough to cope with peoples' uncomfortableness without getting too upset. However, I would not recommend this hotel to my trans-friends." - Christine.
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