The hotel is fresh from a top-to-toe renovation completed in early 2012
The most spectacular views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House in Sydney
Stellar service that keeps celebs and jetsetters coming back for more
What To Know
The pool deck is small but it sits beneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge
24-hour valet parking is AUD $45 per vehicle
Some bathrooms are open to the bedroom to maximize views but there are sliding doors for privacy
Parking on site
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A-lister retreat rocking a 2012 renovation with killer Opera House views, a serene spa and mod Aussie fare
Quiet luxury in soothing neutral tones. Design firm BARStudio revamped this already beloved hotel with an open-plan residential look, with each high-end piece of furniture positioned to maximize views out of the harbor-front floor-to-ceiling glass doors. (For a sea-air breeze, enjoy the outdoors on your private balcony.) Stepping into these roomy suites (starting at 430 square feet) is like entering a cocoon—plush carpet, butter-soft leather couches and chairs, and an emphasis on natural light make for a relaxing, almost spa-like ambiance. Eco-friendly tech (automatic blinds to reduce heat, lights that dim when you leave the room) make this one of the most modern hotels in Sydney, while the specially commissioned artwork by famous Australian artists places you firmly in your local surroundings.
Bed and Bath
Room extras include LED TVs, Bose music systems, iPod docking stations and Nespresso coffee machines. For maximum views and luxury, opt for an Opera Suite, Harbour Suite, Rooftop Suite, Quay Suite, or—the top of the pops—the two-bedroom Sydney Suite. Bathrooms are spacious and, like the rest of the rooms, usually angled to take advantage of the Sydney Harbour views. The renovation added generously sized rain showers, deep marble baths, dual vanities, heated Toto toilets with built-in bidets and Le Labo bath amenities.
Don’t be fooled by the no-frills names of the bars and restaurant here—The Dining Room serves modern Australian dishes deserving of its stunning harbor backdrop, and The Living Room feels like the airy great room of your wealthiest friend’s beach house—a comfortable but stylish setting for a light meal (made from local, seasonal ingredients, naturally) or afternoon tea, served from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Upstairs, The Spa is a retreat within a retreat, with five lavish treatment rooms, a relaxation lounge, two steam rooms and Natura Bissé products from Spain.
In the Area
Walk out the back entrance of the hotel and you’re on the rim of the most famous harbor in the world. You may be content to sit on a park bench and watch the Sydney ferries come and go, but if not, there are plenty of other diversions nearby. It’s mesmerizing just to look at the Opera House, but don’t miss the chance to go inside, whether it’s for a performance or a behind-the-scenes tour. Need something fancy to wear to dinner? Take a stroll or a short cab ride to the MLC Centre, a skyscraper that’s home to the Theatre Royal and luxury labels including Cartier, Longchamp and locals Anthea Crawford and Von Troska. On the streets nearby, you’ll also find local outposts of Chanel and Burberry. For a quiet respite on a hot day, head to the Royal Botanic Gardens, which sprawl over a harbor-front peninsula just behind the Opera House.