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
It’s great to return! As always the staff are welcoming and always happy to assist with recommendations. It’s a good base to explore the city, and just a short walk to the train station and circular quay, if you want to head out of the city. The rooms appear to have had a makeover since my last visit, but still have the comfy Sofitel beds that provide a great nights sleep. Wifi is fast and reliable. The bathrooms are small, but it all adds the the history of the building. Breakfast offers a good selection in order to start the day. Will definitely return!
Price was great value for a five star hotel at the price of a 4 star hotel and only 5 minute walk from Circular Quey train station. Ideal spot to catch up with friends as we all travelled from different locations to meet up for the weekend.
On arrival at the Sofitel Wentworth Hotel we were met by 2 valet persons with big smiles we passed the concierge desk and were given another hello and smile and the desk clerk was the same.My friend is a Accore hotels member and our checkin was quick and we were given 2 vouchers for wine in the bar and a small box of hand made chocolates. The room was on the 16th floor facing the street nothing spectacular but the bed was the best I have ever slept in we had 2 doubles and a pillow menu.At 4.30pm our complimentary cheese platter and red wine and sweets arrived we already had a fruit platter.The bathroom unfortunately had the shower in the bath which I find difficult but the water pressure was great all the usual lotions etc were supplied. We had a 12pm checkout after a brilliant buffet breakfast one of the best I have had I will most definitely stay again when next in Sydney and it is only a short 5 min walk to the Quay
Scheduled govmt meeting early next day.
We always use the Sofitel Wentworth for it's convenience, ambience, super friendly and helpful staff, the excellent dining service and quality of the menu and overall good feeling we have staying there.
We will continue to use the services of the Sofitel Wentworth and highly recommend the establishment to all our friends in Australia and from overseas.
I was hoping for a romantic night with my partner at the Sofitel Wentworth, however we ended up going home early as we were so uncomfortable.
They do not have valet parking at the front of the hotel, you had to drive around the back which was fine once it was explained by the doorman. It cost $60 per night to park the car which is standard in Sydney.
Staff were great upon check in and bringing our bags to the room. We received two free drink vouchers being an Accor Plus member which we enjoyed in the bar. Bar staff were excellent too.
The room itself was super small and dated. When I stepped into the bathroom I felt like I was on a cruise ship. There was no room to do anything and the doors to the bathroom were old wooden closet doors.
The mattress was horrible. Not at the standard of a 5 star hotel at all. The beds must be ancient and I'd say were at a 2-3 star standard. A few weeks ago I stayed at a Meriton apartment and that bed was great.
We complained to the night manager who offered us a room swap, late check out (which I get anyways as an Accor Plus member) and free breakfast. The next room was much nicer however the bed was still super uncomfortable. I don't know how this hotel can charge a 5 star price when people are sinking into their beds. I woke up feeling horrible and in such a bad mood that we didn't even eat breakfast or utilise the late checkout offered to us.
All up, the staff are amazing at this hotel however the rooms/beds are awful!