Good bye, IC Sydney

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  1. southender
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    this used to be my 'go to' Syd hotel. The thrill has been diminishing (familiarity breeds contempt, perhaps?) as I got over the wow of the view and began to expect a bit more.
    Last stay was one night mid week in Oct. Virtuoso booking to bridge club; upgrade to opera club. Club experience did not impress- the promised chef sampler plate never arrived; they shut down service at exactly on the dot; breakfast was blah to inedible (slimey eggs at 7 am will never work). Room service never bother to pick up the phone (three times then I walked across the street). PC number that I was assured was on the file, wasn't. Mentioned my problems to front desk and got the smiley faced kiss off. Didn't feel the passion to pursue with management so will vote with my feet.
     
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    My old company had an office right next door and I used to stay here. I found a lot of the same issues you had.

    I eventually made the Westin up on Martin Place my default location in Sydney. You don't get the views, but across a dozen stays, ice never had a single issue there. Just a 5 minute walk between the two locations.
     
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    Isn't the Hyatt reopening with major renovations? :)
     
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    Another who uses Westin Martin Place as their default. No view to speak of, but I love their beds and the bathrooms. Never had anything but an outstanding stay at Westin.
     
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    I'm always amused by people who claim " breakfast was blah to inedible ...".
    Did you have EVERYTHING?
    If you don't 'like' the looks of the eggs - then don't take them !! ( BTW, they make their eggs to suit the American market, so that's really funny !! )
    "walked across the street ..." What did you find there? There is nothing across the street ( in all directions ) from the IC Sydney - it's in a business district !! ( across the street, and down the road a block to Circular Quay - but not across the street ... )

    Expectations vary. They know that. I know that. YOU know that ...
     
  6. southender
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    What I know is what I experienced- and shared on this board. Should another guest wax lyrical about finally finding slimey eggs in a hotel lounge, I will take that as information as well. Not sure what nationality has to do with egg slime or lack thereof but you got that wrong too...
     
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    Mate, we don't cook our eggs like you do.
    If they presented the eggs in that fashion - then it was done intentionally, to suit the tastes of likely consumers.
    ( we don't get anything wrong in Australia .... MATE ! )
     
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  8. southender
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    yup- egg cookery is truly a regional thing- as are the host (defn- large number) of enteric pathogens that ride along in the slime. After a visit to the nice convict museum up the hill, down the hill, across the street or two and through a gate or three (most with bars) from the IC Syd, I agree you don't get anything wrong in Australia!
     
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    lol...

    " ... convict museum..."

    Perhaps you mean the Sydney Police and Justice Museum. Not really related to "convicts" . Or, maybe you are thinking of the Hyde Park Barracks ( a bit further away ), which housed British soldiers of the 'security forces' of the colony in the early 1800s.

    But back to eggs ...

    the "slime" you refer to, is surely just the uncooked portion, intentionally prepared that way, as instructed by senior chefs / cooks, to cater to the American clients of the hotel. We ( Australians ) are under the distinct impression, that Americans traditionally like their eggs 'runny' or 'sunny-side up' - which apparently leaves a small portion of the egg 'under-cooked' .... or as you have identified, somewhat "slimey" in appearance.

    One thing we do not have a problem with in Sydney, is 'food poisoning'. Our Public Health Inspectors pay particular attention to five star hotels, as would the hotel management.
     
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    Not specific to IC buffet, but re the question of "slimey" scrambled eggs, I had mentioned my extreme dislike for watery scrambled eggs found on buffets to a friend whose past work experience included being a chef in a hotel. He commented that it is difficult to hold scrambled eggs on a buffet very long at all without the water separating from the eggs. Per the American Egg Board, there are many reasons scrambled eggs may become watery, including preparing them in large batches.

    Watery scrambled eggs or not, I would love to stay at IC Sydney and enjoy the view from the Club when/if I have the opportunity to return there. I loved Sydney, and found it very well worth spending 30 hours or so of travel from mid America to get there for vacation...
     
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