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 hotel is in a great location, Le Club membership gives you great rates and the service is over the moon. Fabulous restaurants as well. Walking distance to all major Sydney attractions, especially Darling Harbour and Circular Quay.
I had a lovely single room with a king size bed which was luxurious. Also a cupboard which has dress room, tea and coffee, and other space plus a safe, plus a very good shower and toilet. There was a great view outside as well.
Conveniently located in the heart of Sydney CBD means that you are able to get around the CBD on foot with ease. This is important as cab charges are exorbitant.
The staff are really courteous and even the doorman greet you with a big smile.
The serving of champagne to guests at the lobby during the afternoon /evening time is a nice touch.
Rooms are big and clean. Only thing is that Toothbrush doesn’t come automatically and i suppose only available upon request which is strange to me consider the price of the room.
The breakfast restaurant is great, clean and well stocked and well staff. Although I seem to eat the same for the three breakfasts here but it is still great to have lots of choices.
I can’t say enough good things about this hotel.
I booked two luxury king club rooms through a luxury escapes deal. We were in Sydney to visit family and celebrate my mother-in-law's birthday and I have to say how impressed we were with the service at this hotel. When I made the booking I mentioned that it was my mother-in-law's birthday and when she arrived in her room there was this gorgeous little platter made up of strawberries, chocolate sauce, macarons and some chocolate along with a card wishing my mother-in-law which was a very kind gesture.
I am so glad we decided to upgrade to the king club room with club lounge access as the club lounge access is definitely worth it as it includes daily breakfast, daily afternoon tea and nightly pre-dinner drinks and the food was really good.
The location of the hotel is also quite central as it is walking distance to the Museum, the Opera House and other tourist attractions.
Thank you Sofitel for your amazing customer service and hospitality, we will be back.
I bought a package from luxury escapes and upgraded to a club Sofitel suite. It has so far been the most luxurious place I have ever stayed. I had no idea what Club Sofitel was at the time of booking. I just knew breakfast was included so I was pleasantly surprised to find afternoon hightea was apart of Club Sofitel as well as pre dinner drinks and apparitifs in the evening. So much great food was eaten. I personally can't wait to visit this hotel again.