Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
What We Love
- Panoramic views of that world-famous harbor and the Opera House. Ask for a Full-Harbour View room above the 10th floor
- Wood-roasted veggies from the hotel’s new restaurant The Woods
- A convenient downtown Sydney location, close to trains and bus stops
What To Know
- There is a pool but it’s lacking a resort-style atmosphere
- The hotel is popular with business travelers and often hosts conferences
- $25 a day for high-speed Internet. Ouch.
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Upscale business. The modern contemporary furnishings and muted shades of grey, brown and cream may be boring for interiors aficionados but they purposefully fade into the background when you’re in a room with a harbor view. It’s pretty hard to compete with the Opera House, after all. We love the day beds in the Full-Harbour View rooms—they’re positioned perfectly for lazy gazing. Rooms were refreshed in 2009, but some fixtures (shower heads, light switches) are old-school and look a little dated for such a high-end property. Business travelers love the large desks, executive desk chair and hidden power outlet, which includes an international adapter.
Bed and Bath
Rooms in chocolate, cream and coffee have polished mahogany furniture, rich silk fabrics and upholstered headboards. Italian marble bathrooms are stocked with terry bathrobes and toiletries from L’Occitane. Deluxe and Grand Premier rooms have separate showers and large soaking tubs.
Chef Hamish Ingham turns out delicious meals from his pièce de résistance, a wood-fired oven and grill, at The Woods, which opened in December 2012. The open-kitchen design is the centerpiece of a warm, striking room. This being Sydney, seafood is a favorite and popular dishes include the wood-grilled prawns with tahini yoghurt and sesame salt. GRAIN serves upscale bar food (also by Chef Ingham) with creative cocktails and handcrafted beers on tap. Out by the pool on level three, guests can order sandwiches and other light bites from The Cabana. Swimming here is more of an urban experience than a resort one, since you are surrounded by city high-rises, not lush tropical trees. The hotel also has a holistic spa and an Executive Club. It’s on level 32, so the hot and cold breakfast buffet and omelet station—plus free WiFi—come with some of the best views in the city.
In the Area
During the week, George Street is abuzz with office workers on their lunch breaks; on weekends, the street is more about shopping. The Rocks Markets nearby is a great place to pick up eclectic souvenirs, and a stroll through this historic neighborhood can double as your workout—expect steep hills. Shopping and browsing art at the galleries and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (or as locals call it “MCA”) is thirsty work, so it’s convenient that two of Sydney’s oldest surviving pubs, the Lord Nelson and the Fortune of War, are there as well. Rockpool, helmed by chef Neil Perry, is considered to be one of the best restaurants in the country, but if you want something less swank, sample pizza topped with kangaroo, emu or saltwater crocodile up the hill to The Australian (yes, another pub). For a classic Sydney experience, jump on a ferry (down at Circular Quay) and sail the harbor you were staring at all day from your room.
How to Get There
We stayed here for a few nights and opted for the family fun package. It was unclear to us what this actually entailed but were extremely happy to see two tents with individual beds for our 2 boys (age 3 and 5). Included was childrens bath robes, toiletries, backpack which they could colour in themselves! Our baby was in a cot we brought ourselves - which meant that we got to have the king size bed all to ourselves!! This was a treat especially since we were not expecting this. I would highly recommend the family fun package for families - there is also 1 movie included and snacks for the kids. The rooms was pleasant and perfect size for us with a beautiful of the opera house. In room dining was quick and they also cleaned up the room very nicely. What stood out the most was the genuine care and attention that we received. We travel a lot and this really was outstanding. The food at Mode is delicious - we are vegetarian. The location is perfect! Train, ferry, bus - you name it. All at our footsteps.
We arrived for a birthday overnight surprise stay. From the moment we checked in it was 5 star service. Our room was ready early and it was a corner suite overlooking the harbour (bridge & opera house) - an amazing view no matter how many times you see it, still takes your breath away. The room was massive! I like that the bathroom is far away from the room and the toilet has a separate door/room within the bathroom - very private and for a romantic stay there is no reason to worry about hearing your partner! There was a knock at the door in the afternoon with a surprise birthday cake and a handwritten note from the General Manager wishing me a happy birthday and I hope that I enjoy my stay. A sweet and thoughtful touch. The bed and pillows honestly need their own review. Amazing! The bed is so comfortable - fluffy pillow and a king size bed. I had the most amazing sleep - which doesn't always happen in hotels that are noisy and light coming in. The curtains are heavy and allow for a full block out and the hotel was quiet. Location is also excellent. We walked to the markets, rocks, to the botanic gardens, opera house and caught a ferry to Manly to have dinner at Hugos. I loved this hotel and will definitely be back!
Rather disappointed with our stay at this hotel and our displeasure centered on one thing: the view. We had paid premium for a view of the Opera House. Check out the photos below to see what that looked like. The staff at reception offered us another room four floors below, over-looking the noisy A4 freeway (?!), and with a curtailed view of the OH, which we sensibly declined as our stay was short, we had already unpacked, and we were within 30 minutes of leaving for an event at the OH. So long story short we paid premium for our gullibility. Caveat Emptor! The hotel did provide its limo for the short ride to the airport, one of the most expensive hotel/airport runs in history, on reflection! Caveat emptor...
Really nice bunch of people working at Four Seasons Sydney. Location was very central so most sites were within walking distance. Lots of bars and amenities around hotel. Darling Harbour was a nice walk and has many Eateries. The Opera House also was a nice walk from Hotel.
Every luxury you could expect in an extraordinary city! The staff are attentive and helpful. We arrived well before the room was ready, we left our bags at reception and within half an hour they text me to tell me our room was ready!