We were recently interviewed by HotelClub for their blog post Where to stay in Sydney. Some other Sydneysiders (Laura of This Island Life, Sara of Belly Rumbles, Sarah of Love Swah, Silke of Happiness and Things and Lisa from Ella's List) were also interviewed for this blog post to discuss regions of Sydney they are experts in. We of course, talked about Western Sydney, in particular, Parramatta and Olympic Park.

Here's a run down of our interview. To read what the other contributors also had to say, visit the HotelClub Blog.

1. Parramatta / Olympic Park is great destination choice for what types of travellers?

The region is suitable for a number of different kinds of travellers. Business travellers of course flock to the region as it is close to conference centres and public transport. But if it’s leisure you’re looking for, then look no further. Sports lovers, entertainment seekers and families are bound to have a fantastic time when they visit Sydney Olympic Park and Parramatta. From the footy (all codes), to the races (car, horse, swimming – you name it!), the Sydney Royal Easter Show to international musicians, there is never a dull moment in this area of Sydney.

2. What’s the number one reason you should choose to stay in Parramatta/Olympic Park?

The number one reason why you should choose to stay in Parramatta/Sydney Olympic Park is its diverse range of great attractions. The area features beautiful parklands, such as Blaxland Riverside, Bicentennial and Parramatta Park. There are world class facilities like our Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre or you could even visit the beach and go bushwalking at Parramatta Lake! The area can also give you a dose of Australian history through visits to the Elizabeth Farm Historic House, the Brickpit and Old Government House.

3. What’s the best attraction in Parramatta/Olympic Park is?

It’s impossible to pick the best attraction in Parramatta/Olympic Park, there is just so much to do! There is all that we mentioned above, however, as foodies we have to say that the food in this area is top notch! There is an incredible range of cuisines on offer. Food is authentic and affordable in this region of Sydney. Visit the famous Church St Parramatta, AKA Eat Street, where you can visit Jamie’s Italian Trattoria, Messina Gelato, Restaurant 317, Bondi Pizza and Crinitis, just to name a few. Nearby Wigram Street in Harris Park is full of heritage homes that have been converted into Indian restaurants. Then there’s also local gems like Newington’s Mokoji BBQ, Granville’s El Jannah and Parramatta’s Paper Plane Café and Circa Espresso. You certainly won’t run out of options.

4. What are your 3 favourite hotels in Parramatta/Olympic Park for a range of different budgets and why?

Parramatta/Olympic Park is a great place to stay, because of the attractions. On top of that it is also a lot cheaper than the Sydney city CBD. Our favourite hotels that we’ve visited and often had friends from out of town stay at are:

Meriton Serviced Apartments, Parramatta: Located right on the bank of the Parramatta River, you can stay in a completely self contained room which is fantastic for families.

The Novotel, Sydney Olympic Park: It is a stone’s throw from the train station, stadiums and arenas. It has a fantastic viewing deck, a great restaurant, and the parkland is on your doorstep.

The ibis Budget Sydney Olympic Park: It is slightly further from the train station than the Novotel, but still within walking distance as are the other Olympic Park attractions. Perfect for those that will be spending most of their time exploring and don’t want to spend as much on accommodation.

5. What’s the most important thing you would look for in a hotel in Parramatta/Olympic Park?

Definitely ease of access to attractions. While there is plenty of car parking available in both Parramatta/Sydney Olympic Park, if there is a major event on in Sydney Olympic Park, it’s best to get public transport or walk if you are close enough.

6. If you love Parramatta/Olympic Park, then you will also love..? 

The Parramatta/Olympic Park area is so unique, there is nowhere else in Australia quite like it. But if you are looking to explore the region further though, continue to head west. Head down the M4 to Blacktown where you can visit Wet and Wild, the Skyline Drive Ins and stay at the brand new Atura Hotel. If you’ve got more time, head towards Penrith where there is more family fun to be had at the famous Panthers Club, the Whitewater Stadium and the Penrith Regional Gallery located on the shore of the Nepean River. From here, you’re at the foot of the Blue Mountains, where you can continue to explore.