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
Stayed here for a long weekend, wedding dress shopping and I found my stay fantastic. We upgraded our room which was amazing and we had exceptional customer service throughout the stay. Staff were super friendly and willing to answer queries or provide suggestions. Truly phenomenal level of service.
We stayed for 3 nights and were treated with the utmost respect and care. Concierge was extremely helpful in suggesting restaurants and things to do. They booked everything for us and followed up with a written confirmation in our room. Breakfast was buffet and outstanding. Omelets could be ordered as well as specialty eggs. The room was spacious and comfortable. Bathroom had a separate bathtub as well as a walk in shower. No comfort was overlooked. I would highly recommend The Four Seasons Hotel to anyone staying overnight in Sydney. Additionally, it is in an excellent location convenient to The Rocks, the Harbor, trains, etc.
We had a room upgrade and complimentary champagne as it was our wedding anniversary after having our wedding in the hotel 34 years ago and then staying a night. It was such a treat. Difficult getting in and out of hotel with railway works.
This hotel is not up to par with what one expects from a
Four Seasons Hotel but THEY think they are I stayed here on a four
day extension trip with Regent cruises. When we checked in, I was given a room
on the 6th floor. I requested a higher floor since I am very sensitive to road noise. He said "Ah here is one that is perfect" Well that room was on the 17th floor looking directly at the freeway coming off the bridge and to the side was a day care with the word Canada over it. Noise all night long from the traffic.
The food - First night I ordered room service was a hamburger and it was amazing. The second night I ordered a club sandwich and it inedible. Our group was given a buffet breakfast but everything was cold and tasteless.
I was a solo woman traveler and every time I entered the hotel along this strange little man came over with an attitude asking me if he could help me. When I explained I was a guest, he looked and said then I guess you know your way and watched me walk to the elevator!!!!!!! What was that about. Weird and unfriendly.
I will say that this hotel is in a good location near many tourist attractions and across the street from the first stop of the hop on hop off bus.
There is construction going on near the street.
This hotel is in need of refurbishment and an attitude adjustment.
The best part was the concierge who were helpful and friendly
If you get off a long flight and think you are in for a pleasant surprise because you have a reservation at the Four Seasons, sorry. This is a quite dated hotel that looks more like a Sheraton or a Hilton. It has to be the worst hotel with the Four Seasons flag on the planet.