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
Great value club lounge deal booked through Luxury Escapes saving $200 per night. This hotel has maintained it's classy and luxurious standards. The decore and service are of a high standard. The club lounge food was a good, however the breakfast hot food variety is a little limited, but you can use the main restaurant that has more choices. The only criticism with club lounge was the length of time it took to get a coffee in the morning, about a 15 minute wait. Not sure why it took so long, as drinks arrived within minutes at the restaurant next door. Club lounge has no dress code; some people wearing shorts and trainers in the evening, which is a bit disappointing when you are expecting a luxury experience. Over all, a lovely stay in a great location.
From valet parking to check in to concierge and right up to Club service we were given the royal treatment. The Wentworth is definitely the place to go to be pampered and feel important! Check in was easy and we were able to leave our luggage with absolutely no problems, even my laptop was kept safe! The Club experience is well worth the money if you can splash out, we enjoyed the lovely food and drinks especially the wine and canapés at night. Breakfast was delicious and in such lovely setting. The rooms were amazing and well appointed with a large bathroom, comfy bed and pillows. The location was especially perfect for us! Will be staying here again in October and can't wait!
Centrally located to Sydney's main attractions including harbour bridge, opera house and the city. Staff attentive and accommodating particularly concierge. Hotel rooms could be uplifted to match 5 star quality.