Harbour Rocks Hotel Sydney MGallery by Sofitel
What We Love
- Less than a 10-minute walk from the Sydney Harbor Bridge and other major attractions
- The hotel's private terrace is an oasis of greenery in the heart of the city
- Unique building dates from 1887 but was completely renovated in 2011
What To Know
- There's no elevator in this heritage-listed building, but the staff will happily get your luggage to and from your room using the suitcase-size dumbwaiter
- The reception and hotel bar share the same space, which can get crowded at times
- WiFi comes at a hefty cost of $18.50 per day if it's not included in your room package
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
A mashup of historical and modern. Originally the site of Sydney’s first hospital, a recent renovation updated the hotel with latest technology set against the original sandstone and brick walls. The cozy lobby encourages lingering, with a fully stocked bookcase filling one wall and a bar in the corner. The courtyard terrace overlooking Nurses Walk offers guests the perfect spot to relax and unwind outdoors.
Bed and Bath
As a result of being in a heritage-listed building, each of the 59 guestrooms has a unique layout. Rooms in the Heritage class can be small, whereas Studio Suites offer plenty of space to spread out and relax — including a plush sofa that pulls out into a Double bed. The dark brick walls are lightened by large windows that let in the sun and crisp white linens on the beds, and modern bathrooms come stocked with luxury toiletries from Appelles.
Scarlett restaurant is a destination for hotel guests and Sydney residents alike and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Eric’s Bar is the place to unwind with a local wine and some tapas, or, if you’re in need of a pick-me-up, a freshly made espresso. The pretty HRH Dining Room also provides a private event space for groups of up to 12 people.
In the Area
The historic Rocks neighborhood, after which the hotel is named, dates back to the 1780s. The centrally located area is perfect for those who want to walk everywhere; it’s right next to the Museum of Contemporary Art as well as the bars and restaurants that line the ‘hood’s cobblestone streets. The iconic Sydney sights of the Opera House and Harbor Bridge are about a 10-minute walk. The waterfront is practically at the hotel’s doorstep, offering easy access to ferries and sightseeing trips, as well as scenic views.
How to Get There
Firstly, the positives - great located. The end. Upon telling us the restaurant was under construction (which isn’t noticeably visible or obvious / if at all on any website) on my 2nd night I came back to my room conveniently located outside the restaurant doors only to hear a pumping private event going on inside! Reception still maintained the restaurant was under construction until I rang again from my room and you could hear the noise. Plus the toilets were outside the restaurant even closer to my room. At 10:45pm I was loved to their harbour suite which was fantastic by the way, however too little too late. Also having to pack and then walk up 9 flights of stairs when I’m normally asleep wasn’t a great experience either, I’m not sure if there is even an elevator in that hotel? Platinum Accor member so i consider myself reasonably fair when making these reviews given I have to write a lot, unfortunately it will be a while before I’m back at this hotel...
Platinum Accor member and couldn’t be more dissatisfied with the hotel, service and misinformation provided. Room was large and simple but in a nice way, heritage was also nice. beds were extremely uncomfortable for a 5 star hotel and the bar is very very small and minimalistic. I Had no idea the restaurant was ‘under construction’ but that’s beside the point, I came back to my room on the 2nd night which was right outside the restaurant only to witness a huge Christmas party going on which sounded like I was at a drunk music festival.. I was upgraded to the harbour view suite at 10:30-11pm but it was too little too late. I had to pack all my bags and move just to get away from the noise. I was then told the restaurant would be open at 6:30am so I confirmed with reception only to be told otherwise so I’m not sure even they know what’s going on. I won’t be back in the near future as I think there are better 5 star properties that are more deserving of their rating and hotel service.
This is a boutique hotel, not a bland corporate palace, and all the better for it. It’s in the old part of The Rocks, and the building itself is old, so the rooms aren’t large, and there is no lift. However, the atmosphere is delightful, the staff are lovely, and the location couldn’t be beaten. Given where it is, the price was reasonable, and now we wouldn’t stay anywhere else in Sydney.
I like staying in Accor hotels and mostly give an excellent review but not this time. The hotel is well located and the staff efficient and friendly. The hotel is in a heritage listed building with a cosy bar area. The big issue is the size of the room, very small with a bathroom the size of a toilet cubicle. For the price I would not recommend the hotel.
I loved this hotel, the location was great just minutes from the cruise terminal. We walked with all of our luggage, thank goodness for wheeled suitcases. It should be noted if you plan to walk it is a little bit uphill and there are some uneven surfaces but not a difficult walk overall , just a consideration if you have mobility issues. When we arrived the restaurant was being refurbished but staff were happy to order food for you and you are in the heart of the harbour area so loads of places to eat nearby. We had a studio room which had loads of space and a great shower, huge sofa etc. The main selling point for me was the warm welcome by staff . We arrived early and were able to store our luggage and there were other facilities on offer had we just stepped off of a long flight. Unfortunately I had picked up an infection on my trip and was quite unwell, when the staff were made aware of this they couldn't have been kinder to me. The receptionist working in the evening was particularly kind and brought me some chicken soup which really made me feel looked after when a long way from home. Due to the circumstances we were able to have a late check out at no extra cost which meant I could stay resting in my room until I had to leave for the airport and I was really grateful for this.
I believe the rennovations are due to be completed in December 2018, but we didn't experience any noise disturbance as a result of this work.
Overall a great hotel, brilliant staff, superb location, what more do you need?