Seahorse Shopping Guide - Accomodation
Jan and Christine's cross-dressing Guide is a compilation of recommended CD-friendly shopping places, services and venues, mainly in Sydney. The list comes from various sources, in particular from Jan and Christine's personal experiences.
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Hotels & Motels
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.
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 range from $115 to $255, depending on room size and season." - 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.
Cost wise, a room on spec is currently $102, but once was $85 when the Gladesville was about $90. That's for 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 range from $125 to $160, depending on room size and day of the week." - Christine.
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.
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