A night at the Rydges hotel in Cronulla

Sometimes when I am feeling overwhelmed and need to get stuff done, I like to check myself into a hotel for the night so that I can work for hours on end without interruption. Being a single mum with a full-time job I sometimes feel the need for a break from the nightly routine.

Recently I booked into the Rydges hotel in Cronulla where I planned to write several blog posts as well as produce some videos for a course I am developing.

The hotel is situated right on North Cronulla beach, and I had an ocean view room. They have recently upgraded their facilities, but I have to say that for the amount of time and effort on this I don’t feel it was worth it.

For months over the winter season, it was hard to get a room and it was noisy. I expected the rooms to have been upgraded however after checking in my room with an ocean view didn’t even have a bath tub. It was $250 for the night, and that was a Monday. For this room on a Friday or Saturday, it would have been around $400. To pay that much for a room and not have a bath, is unacceptable to me.

Needless to say, I will only stay in the lower graded rooms from now on as there is no point having a more expensive room if you don’t get the additional amenities. I can go without the ocean view room since I live on the beach anyway so won’t feel I am missing out.

I also found the images of blonde surfies and tanned young girls around the place quite ridiculous. I’m talking about the large images that you are confronted with when entering the lifts. Yes, Cronulla is like this, but I would love to have seen a little bit of diversity in their images. Being of Aboriginal descent, I find places that represent Australia like this kind of offensive. But we will leave that for another blog post.

Despite the shortcomings of the room, the view is as always amazing, and it was a lovely warm night, and it was comfortable and quiet. It was a bit windy, so the doors were bashing around but that calmed down eventually, and then I could just hear the waves crashing on the beach below.

So, did I get all my work done? Not exactly but it gave me time to think about the direction I am heading with my career and my small business which made it worthwhile.


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