Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
What We Love
- Sofitel’s trademark MyBeds — it’s like sleeping on a cloud
- The five-star breakfast buffet, with fresh-baked pastries, a waffle station and homemade yogurts and jams
- The location, a short stroll from Sydney’s museums, galleries, shops, restaurants and sparkling harbor
What To Know
- Luxury Club King rooms and Prestige Suites include access to the Club Lounge for all-day drinks and snacks
- The hotel is in the heart of Sydney’s high-rise financial district
- Because Sofitel is a French group, the staff greets guests with “bonjour” and “bonsoir”
- WiFi is an additional cost of $27 per 24 hours
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Iconic, historic, artistic. With its distinctive semicircular façade and copper awning over the entrance, the Wentworth has been a Sydney landmark since it opened in 1966; the Soirée bar and lounge is still a popular after-work gathering place for Sydneysiders. The lobby is warm and inviting, with subdued lighting, private nooks for meetings, and artworks on every wall; as Sydney’s Hotel of the Arts, the Wentworth is an extension of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Bed and Bath
The 436 guestrooms, including 45 suites, put function before form with plain white bed linens, basic furnishings, windows that don’t open and few decorative touches. But rooms on the curved façade overlook the hotel’s distinctive circular Garden Court on level five. The French theme is evident in the “Ne pas déranger” (Do not disturb) signs and the Roger & Gallet toiletries in the heritage-listed marble bathrooms. There’s cable TV, but on-demand movies cost about $15. The bed is the highlight; with its down pillows, goosedown duvet and trademark Sofitel MyBed duck- and goosedown underlay, it’s sublimely comfortable.
Breakfast is a delight, a French-flavored cornucopia complete with fresh baguettes and pastries. It’s served in the Garden Court restaurant, which is run by French executive chef Boris Cuzon; the room has a conservatory vibe thanks to pineapple-print wall fabric, cushioned chairs, Villeroy & Boch tableware and natural light from the Garden Court itself (which isn’t the urban oasis it could be; it’s more of a refuge for smokers). Next to the restaurant is Club Sofitel, an airport-style lounge for frequent guests; offering showers, meeting spaces and an open fire, it’s ideal for those with late flights out of Sydney. There’s no swimming pool, but guests have free access to the Elixr Pilates studio on the ground floor.
In the Area
Everything is within walking distance of the Wentworth in this compact city center: hip restaurants such as Mr. Wong’s, Neil Perry’s Rockpool Bar & Grill, historic pubs and the Museum of Contemporary Art in the Rocks precinct, the Art Gallery of NSW, the stately Mitchell Library and the Royal Botanic Gardens (where visitors are encouraged to “please walk on the grass”). By the harbor there’s the Opera Quays café, cinema and restaurant strip and the Harbor Bridge, which can be experienced up close on a Bridgeclimb tour or by gazing at it across the water from the Sydney Opera House.
How to Get There
We had 2 stays at the hotel a few days apart. The first was over a Public Holiday weekend. Lets start with the generals, the rooms were excellent, the staff were excellent, the Club Lounge was excellent. For the first stay (over the Public Holiday weekend) we were on a lower floor. The lifts were a nightmare, slow and full, sometimes we had to wait for 4 lifts before there was room to get in (no we aren't huge :-) ) The queues in the Club Lounge during happy hour were pretty chaotic, but, it was a holiday weekend. We were back the following weekend and it was a totally different story, not as busy, or was it because we were upgraded to the top floor therefore we didn't have the lift issues. The second weekend there were no problems with big queues, busy but acceptable. The position of the hotel if you want the Rocks / Opera House end of town is great. The hotel has a nice feel to it, staff couldn't be more helpful. We will definitely stay again, in fact we have another 2 bookings before Christmas.
Booked a weekend stay in the city with my wife at this hotel. The price is quite expensive for what it's worth. We booked it on line hene we've got a much better rate. Location is quite good as it's right smack bang at Darling Harbour. We did not try the restaurant as the menu wasn't that impressive. The bar was quite good. Staying there again? unless they have a special rate then i will but for standard rate, that I will pass.
This hotel has a nice feel to it. The room was well equipped and the bedding was excellent. Our room had a coffee machine which was appreciated. The furnishings were of excellent quality and the rooms meticulously maintained. It was easy to achieve the right temperature for our preference. The reception staff and others were very friendly and helpful. We travelled by train from airport to Wynyard station and there is some uphill walking on Hunter Street, but we found it easy and about ten minutes to the hotel. (Exit station at George Street). Returning to the airport by train it is all downhill to Circular Quay station and about eight minutes so that is very easy. We enjoyed a three night stay. The hotel has a very pleasant atmosphere.