Park Hyatt Sydney
You can’t really get much better than this hotel in the whole of Australia or New Zealand – and that’s a fact. The Park Hyatt has been voted by Conde Nast Traveller’s magazine as the top hotel in both countries. The ultimate in crème de la crème opulence, it embraces Australian culture which is a nice effect.
The hotel underwent a massive renovation last year and shot to the top of the charts as the most expensive hotel in Oz. Guest service is key to the staff, and you won’t fault the attention to detail that every employee offers guests. Directly opposite one of the most recognisable harbours in the world, this residence offers contemporary luxury with spectacular views. You’ll find spacious rooms and elegant suites with floor to ceiling glass doors that open to your own private balcony, 24-hour butler service and the must-have spa with rooftop pool and sundeck.
The Park doesn’t come cheap though. Expect to pay $800 a night minimum for a standard room upwards to $1,800 for one of the private balcony suites.
Guests can enjoy dining at local favourite restaurants, bars and taking advantage of the private dining facilities on offer. Unlike small American hotel rooms, the Australians know how to do it – each room is at least 40sqm and has the latest technology throughout, specially commissioned wall art, plush carpets, and textured fabrics. It sounds like a home from home but a lot classier.
Another hotel to undergo a big transformation is the Shangri-La. The stunning views from the Executive Suites sweep over the Grand Harbour and the Opera House. The amenities in this hotel are second to none, with free wi-fi, falt screen tv’s, minibars and marble bathrooms. Check out the best indoor pool in Sydney, a lot of thought has went into it and there’s plenty room for the kids to splash around in.
One of the bonuses about the Shangri-La is its unbeatable location – just a 5 minute walk from museums, Circular Quay train station and 1km from the Opera House. You’ll be out and about a lot but you can retreat back to your room. These are a little simplistic side while the suites are fantastic – spacious, earthy toned interiors with large marble bathrooms and spectacular views all around.
A room here will set you back from $400 upwards to $600.
Sheraton on the Park
Prepared to be wowed. Sheraton on the Park has an air of grandeur and sophistication. Nearly all of the rooms in this hotel face Hyde Park (the second best view in Sydney if you can’t get the Harbour view). You can get a room here at a very reasonable rate, just check out the special promotions on the hotels website. Recent deals included a Hyde Park view room for $300 or an Executive Suite for $450.
Although the rooms aren’t as fancy as the Park Hyatt and Shangri-La residences, they’re still very modern and have stunning marble bathrooms and furniture. The grand stairwell is breath-taking and definitely worth taking a snapchat of. It’s all about the attention to detail here too, with native Australian floral arrangements dotted around the hotel and award winning food presentation.
The Sheraton is definitely one to check in to.
Not many have heard about The Darling Hotel, but the editors at Condé Nast Traveller has named this brand new hotel one of the Top 60 Best New Hotels in the World. That’s quite impressive!
So, what’s on offer? There are 171 beautifully decorated rooms and suites which have floor to ceiling windows. Each delicately furnished with all the mod cons and luxuries, you can pay $320 upwards for the pleasure of staying here. Don’t let that put you off though; you can get a hotels.com discount that can help you blag a room for a good deal.
Fine dining is also on offer here with the in house restaurants Sokyo and The Black. However, this could be overlooked given a pleasant location, brand new rooms and an excellent room rate. The 16-room day spa is quite a feature, it has Sydney’s first hammam and offers a variety of relaxing treatments. You won’t be disappointed by staying here – it’s in the perfect location for exploring the city and is close to the best restaurants and shops.
An excellent Sydney pick at a good price!