Park Hyatt Sydney
What We Love
- The hotel is fresh from a top-to-toe renovation completed in early 2012
- The most spectacular views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House in Sydney
- Stellar service that keeps celebs and jetsetters coming back for more
What To Know
- The pool deck is small but it sits beneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge
- 24-hour valet parking is AUD $45 per vehicle
- Some bathrooms are open to the bedroom to maximize views but there are sliding doors for privacy
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Quiet luxury in soothing neutral tones. Design firm BARStudio revamped this already beloved hotel with an open-plan residential look, with each high-end piece of furniture positioned to maximize views out of the harbor-front floor-to-ceiling glass doors. (For a sea-air breeze, enjoy the outdoors on your private balcony.) Stepping into these roomy suites (starting at 430 square feet) is like entering a cocoon—plush carpet, butter-soft leather couches and chairs, and an emphasis on natural light make for a relaxing, almost spa-like ambiance. Eco-friendly tech (automatic blinds to reduce heat, lights that dim when you leave the room) make this one of the most modern hotels in Sydney, while the specially commissioned artwork by famous Australian artists places you firmly in your local surroundings.
Bed and Bath
Room extras include LED TVs, Bose music systems, iPod docking stations and Nespresso coffee machines. For maximum views and luxury, opt for an Opera Suite, Harbour Suite, Rooftop Suite, Quay Suite, or—the top of the pops—the two-bedroom Sydney Suite. Bathrooms are spacious and, like the rest of the rooms, usually angled to take advantage of the Sydney Harbour views. The renovation added generously sized rain showers, deep marble baths, dual vanities, heated Toto toilets with built-in bidets and Le Labo bath amenities.
Don’t be fooled by the no-frills names of the bars and restaurant here—The Dining Room serves modern Australian dishes deserving of its stunning harbor backdrop, and The Living Room feels like the airy great room of your wealthiest friend’s beach house—a comfortable but stylish setting for a light meal (made from local, seasonal ingredients, naturally) or afternoon tea, served from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Upstairs, The Spa is a retreat within a retreat, with five lavish treatment rooms, a relaxation lounge, two steam rooms and Natura Bissé products from Spain.
In the Area
Walk out the back entrance of the hotel and you’re on the rim of the most famous harbor in the world. You may be content to sit on a park bench and watch the Sydney ferries come and go, but if not, there are plenty of other diversions nearby. It’s mesmerizing just to look at the Opera House, but don’t miss the chance to go inside, whether it’s for a performance or a behind-the-scenes tour. Need something fancy to wear to dinner? Take a stroll or a short cab ride to the MLC Centre, a skyscraper that’s home to the Theatre Royal and luxury labels including Cartier, Longchamp and locals Anthea Crawford and Von Troska. On the streets nearby, you’ll also find local outposts of Chanel and Burberry. For a quiet respite on a hot day, head to the Royal Botanic Gardens, which sprawl over a harbor-front peninsula just behind the Opera House.
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Top quality hotel ... rooms are spacious and modern. Service is exemplary
Location to die for with stunning views of the opera house and circular quay
Only down side is fairly mediocre service in the dining room ... far too slow and not really what you might expect from a top end venue like this
Undoubtedly a hotel with one of the best locations and views anywhere in the world. The rooms are high quality and the bathrooms specifically have wonderful large rain showers. Being within easy walking distance to the central business district but not surrounded by high-rises makes the location very suitable for business trips as well. The feiendlioand helpfulness of the staff overall is outstanding - last minute dining reservations in busy restaurants around town was no problem to give just one example.
I visited Sydney for the first time in 2015 and saw the Park Hyatt, perched perfectly next to the Harbour Bridge and across from the Opera House. It looked beautiful and when I saw the rooftop pool (from a distance), I said to myself "I will stay there one day." That finally happened on my third trip to Sydney and it was an amazing four nights. As a loyal Hyatt customer, this property has catapulted (as expected) to the No.1 spot on my favorites list.
The Park Hyatt was much of the reason behind my time in Sydney on this trip. If you have not been to the city before and need to do all the tourist stuff, you may want to save this property for a future trip as this is a hotel you do not want to leave. Walking around the tourist areas seems dreadful when the alternative is relaxing at the hotel. If money is no object (this place is pricey), then staying here while visiting the city for the first time would be the ultra-posh experience.
From check-in to check-out, I was helped by kind, professional staff. Nick, who works the front desk, was simply amazing and one of the most sincerely nice people I have met at a hotel front desk. The hotel was quite full and there were no upgrades available for Explorist members. Despite this, he did have a room that he could upgrade me to on the 4th and final night and went out of his way to make that happen. He could have easily said "Sorry...." and went about his business as changing rooms can be a hassle for the staff. He also had sparkling wine and a treat sent up (twice!) in celebration of my partner's birthday. Excellent service all around - Thanks Nick!
The rooms are very nice and quite luxurious with a Japanese feel to it. My first room was at the very end of the longest hallway I have ever walked in my life. It was a nice walk but if you have mobility issues you will want something closer to an elevator. Everything you could want was in the room - Nespresso machine, a comfortable bed, plugs near the bed, a patio, and luxurious amenities were included. The best feature of the room was the Japanese style Toto Washlet toilet, which is truly amazing if you have not been to Japan or experienced it elsewhere. The first room had an opera house view but it was almost completely obscured by a big, historic tree that came with a free bat show every night. Yup, bats take up residence in the tree at dusk and put on quite a show. I didn't expect a nature show along with views of the Sydney Harbour! The second room I was moved too was equally nice but was right off the 3rd-floor elevator and had a stunning view of the Harbor and Opera House. It was a wonderful way to spend the last night of the trip. Definitely order room service and enjoy the view!
The pool area is another exceptional part of the hotel. This area first attracted my attention to the hotel years ago and it was wonderful to spend so much time up there getting sun and watching the beautiful views of the Opera House and Harbour. There is bottled water, fruit skewers, cold towels, and excellent service. Titan, in particular, was a delight to talk to and provided excellent service. The pool area is a great place to spend time and it never got too crowded, which surprised me as this has to be one of the top views in the world from a pool deck. It's not the Marina Bay Sands (Singapore) or Ritz Carlton Hong Kong but this is one of the best pools in the world. The hot tub did not get very "hot" but was fixed by the last day of the trip. I also wished the pool stayed open later past sunset. The gym is located near the pool (down some steps) and had excellent equipment and a nice locker room.
When not relaxing in the room or at the pool, spending time in the lobby area having breakfast or lunch is a great way to spend time. The Park Hyatt lobby is one of my favorite places on Earth to eat breakfast and I have made visits there before finally staying at the hotel. The food is good and the views are amazing. Paul worked the lobby tables each day during breakfast and was fantastic. I recommend the pancakes, waffles, and a side of chicken sausage. The flat whites are fantastic too.
Every other person I ran into at the hotel was great. I ordered room service a couple of times to enjoy the view from the room and it was exceptionally well done. Marcus was a delight to work with and was quite helpful with my questions and requests.
I could go on about the Park Hyatt Sydney - it is that good! Staying here was one of the main reasons I came back to Sydney again so soon and hope to be back again. Thanks again for a memorable, hopefully not once in a lifetime, experience!
Why stay anywhere else in Sydney? The hotel team are just amazing from porter, concierge and check-in, all 6 star service. Rooms incredible and staff create a magical stay. The restaurant team do need some help as they are very polite, but not as good as the hotel team, they forget items and you need to ask for things like ground pepper, I think at this level, these items need to be automatically offered. I also had trouble understanding the spoken English of some the restaurant team, I understand the need to speak other languages, as Hyatt is an international brand, however customers need to be able to understand what the waiter/ waitress is saying to you. All staff were extremely polite and courteous. I would give the hotel 6/5 stars and the restaurant 4/5 stars, not a bad experience, but no where near as polished as hotel experience
I will start by saying that I ran into issue. Park Hyatt immediately apologized and made good. The positive aspects were: I had two amazing massages, great location, friendly staff, beautiful views and comfortable views. I did not particular like the bathroom which combines the shower and bathroom, but i understand that it is done to maximizes the space. The reason i did not give a 5 stars is that the few meals i had delivered to my room were not at the level of this hotel.