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
I chose this hotel partly as it’s one hotel group in the Accor chain of hotels, plus the location. It’s a very comfortable hotel, with an Executive lounge for members. Although the decor is a little outdated, it is still extremely comfortable and I’d recommend it. The concierge staff, and the staff in the Exec lounge were really helpful, courteous, very professional and friendly.
Don't normally bother reviewing 5 star hotels because you expect to get what you pay for but this place excelled in the attitude and commitment of its staff. All the staff were good but really of note was the wine recommendations from the bar person and tremendous help from the concierge team (don't normally mention names either but Tom was superb!)The location was great for us being close to museums and the Botanic Gardens and only about 3 minute walk from Martin Place. You can often get good deals with Sofitel so if you can do that it's worth jumping at!
My wife and I stayed at the sofitel for a week and it was such a lovely hotel.
Room service was really good.
We had buffet breakfast at graden court restaurant. So many items food to choose from such as ham, smoked salmon, backed beans, eggs as well as coffees.
Thanks to the diligent, professional and constant caring of the server within the restaurant epecially Staffs name Aashmi and stephanie we were looked after. Nothing went bad or was found waiting.
Although the room was small, it was comfortable and we enjoyed having mini bar in the room.
We had very good experience during our stay and planning to stay there on our next visit as well during christmas.
Recently had the pleasure of 5 nights at Sofitel Wentworth. Staff are extremely pleasant & helpful.
Little things done so well.
Junior suite was very comfortable.
TV reception not great but who comes to Sydney to watch Tele!
We have previously stayed at this Hotel a couple of years ago and had forgotten just how lovely it is. The staff go out of their way to make your stay memorable, the room was spacious with many extras that would expect from a 5* Hotel and the location makes it easy to walk to circular quay, CBD and all public
Transport. Just beautiful thank you