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
- 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
The team lead by Lilian make a difference to the experience, very friendly yet sophisticated and professional making you you feel you are being looked after. The service is consistently great. The bar service was a little slow but the attendant really made us feel special and the fish and chips were deliscious as was the desert!
Stayed one night. The hotel is all class. Staff were friendly and helpful. Louise at reception was a gem. The Soirée was a lovely place to have a drink. Our room was clean and comfortable and we would stay again.
Great location . Staff were great, infact exceptionally helpful. Nothing was too much trouble.
Smooth check-in & check-out. Rooms were good size and well appointed, importantly the bed was very comfortable. A great few nights sleep.
Would definitely stay there again
I really enjoyed my stay here, upon arrival the staff at the door were very kind and helpful and the lobby is very nice. The check in staff were efficient and very friendly. I did find the rooms a little small and felt like they were just lacking something to make the hotel feel more 'luxury' or 'five-star'. It was also a shame that the hotel does not have a pool although I hear this is due to it being a heritage building.
The concierge was also very helpful in explaining to us the best ways to get around and what would be the quickest and cheapest! Also, the hotel was in a great location, just a short walk to Circular Quay and Pitt Street Mall.
Stayed for 3 nights and concluded great location but hotel does not deserve a 5 star rating. There were too many little things that were not right, not substantial in themselves, but added up they did not point to a 5 star rating. The safe battery was dead, it was promptly fixed, but still, a bit annoying. The aircon didn’t work - it was the same freezing cold temperature whatever the setting. We didn’t bother reporting it as we didn’t want to have to deal with the inconvenience of more workmen in the room after the safe battery was replaced. The tea I used was not replaced, and when I asked housekeeping they said they had ‘run out’ with a couldn’t care attitude and so I didn’t bother pursuing it. The shower drainage didn’t work well, just flowed out into the bathroom. The room key card did not work.
The in-room free wifi was very patchy, a few times it wouldn’t work at all.
I wouldn’t stay here again, I am sure there are better options for the price. it’s such a shame as it could be a great hotel if all these little things that make a 5 star rating were addressed.