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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Jasmine was impeccable in her service, nothing I asked for was too much . Her service was done eloquently, professionally and very respectfully.
I’m sure she loves her chosen field, she performed without a glitch and was always happy.
Please thank Jasmine on our behalf , please let her know that her hospitality helped make our stay pleasantly memorable.
I never write reviews straight after my visits as I believe memorable moments are ones that stay on for a long long time, and Jasmines service did exactly that.
We were there on the 9th April 2019
Thank you .
Got in early after a 12 hour flight and room was not ready. I had a big meeting that day and staff got me access to the spa so I could shower before going into office. Front desk went out of way to get me a coffee while concierge took care of bags and walked me spa area. Its refreshing to experience such genuine service oriented staff. Rooms were spacious and clean.
Wonderful room. Great service and the best view in all of Sydney! Thank you again for the wonderful hospitality. I can’t wait to return to The Four Seasons again very soon! The best hotel in all of Sydney!
Stayed solo for 5 nights at Four Seasons Sydney. First impressions were good. Central location, excellent welcome and a lovely lobby. But the room I was first assigned came as a shock. It was my first time staying at a Four Seasons and I’d built up certain expectations. The room was clean but old, dimly lit and smelt rather musty. The thick, dingy carpet was a horror. It felt like this room had been top of the range in the late 80s. The mustiness was an issue and housekeeping tried to help by promptly bringing a fan. But after a second night, I spoke to management about my dissatisfaction with quality of room. After some back and forth, on my third night I was moved to a different room. AND WHAT A DIFFERENCE. Turns out some floors have been renovated. Others have not. I was moved to a renovated floor and wow! This is what I expected from a stay at the Four Seasons. The room was beautiful, modern, light, airy, clean. It genuinely felt like a completely different hotel and my last few nights at the Four Seasons Sydney were lovely. Despite initial false start, staff were always helpful and responsive and a manager contacted me about my experience.
Room service was pretty good and the breakfast buffet has a fantastic selection.
I also had excellent massages at the spa and would recommend that.
The gym is functional but again rather dated and basic and could do with updating and better temperature control.
I would absolutely stay at the Four Seasons in Sydney again BUT only if it was confirmed I was staying in a renovated room, otherwise it’s not worth the money.
We read TripAdvisor, but this is our first post due to the exceptional attention of 4 Seasons. Location was great, harbor view was excellent, facility was wonderful, but their response to a special request was extra-ordinary. They could not have been more helpful. We've stayed at other hotels in downtown Sydney before, but in the future it will only be the Four Seasons.