Sydney’s – and arguably Australia’s - most famous landmarks are the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Everyone has seen these thanks to the annual broadcasting of the most spectacular fireworks to mark New Year’s Eve. But there is so much to explore beyond these icons.
Marvel at the mixture of modern and traditional architecture in this bustling city, catch the rays on the beautiful beaches or get lost in the Botanical Gardens with tropical birds and lush foliage which makes you forget you are in the heart of a sizzling metropolis. Surf culture, innovative cuisine and iconic architecture coalesce. There is so much to explore in Sydney, New South Wales. And alongside all this, Sydney is a playground for the rich and famous and a fantastic business destination, offering the best accommodation in an array of five-star hotels all with first rate restaurants.
The BusinessClass.com guide to the best luxury hotels in Sydney:
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney - 9/10
Sydney Harbour, the Rock and Circular Quay are just a few of the attractions on the doorstep of this fabulous Four Seasons hotel. The Four Seasons Hotel Sydney has 498 rooms and 33 suite. This world-renowned brand offers a two-bed presidential suite with jaw dropping panoramic view of this famous landmark and the inside views are just as stunning. Each room is a personal sanctuary, draped in rich silk fabrics and mahogany wood panels with gloriously spacious marble bathrooms. Glimpse the sails of Australia’s premier entertainment venue, trace the wharves and the quaint cobbles of the Rock and thrilling vistas of the metropolis and its many skyscrapers from your room and ramp up the glamour with a city or harbour suite.
Newspapers are hand delivered every day and guests can order in-room-dining 24/7. Diners can visit the Mode Kitchen & Bar for fresh, local cuisine and enjoy drinks at Grain. Four Seasons Hotel Sydney state-of-the-art 350 square metre fitness centre that includes a sauna. Guests can kick back and relax at the Endota spa for a revive massage by hand or with soothing stones. Sink into the city’s largest heated outdoor hotel pool or chill out in the 32nd-floor lounge.
Park Hyatt Sydney - 9/10
The Park Hyatt has a superb range of a 155 guestrooms & suites overlooking the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour. Choose from a 45 square metre king bedroom or a larger 75 square metres option with two private balconies overlooking Sydney’s most treasured building. Or one could really push the boat out and stay in the 120 square metre Quay Suite with a king bed, separate sitting area, and not one but three private balconies to really etch the picture postcard view into your mind.
Tantalise your tastebuds at The Dining Room overlooking the waterfront for uninterrupted views of the iconic sails as you discover premium Australian produce, local wines, and craft beers. The Bar is a stylish and sophisticated lounge venue serving a selection of beverages, boutique Australian and international wines, and light fare. For those who wish to dine in their room Park Hyatt Sydney’s personalised room service is available served by butlers. Alternatively cool off with a cocktail in hand by the roof pool and terrace. The Spa features five private treatment rooms, a relaxation room, steam room, rooftop heated pool, outdoor whirlpool and gymnasium - complete with personal trainers.
The Langham Sydney - 9/10
The Langham has a reputation for excellence as one of the largest and best known traditional-style grand hotels in London, England and this reputation has been transported Down Under. Every inch of this Sydney address oozes refined elegance. With 75 deluxe rooms, eight executive rooms, 11-bedroom suites as well as a plush two-bedroom apartment and an observatory suite, guests are spoiled for choice. Each one is decked out in bespoke furnishings and surrounded by soft panelled walls and high ceilings. Furthermore, each palatial room is accented by views of the iconic Sydney cityscape or bustling Western Harbour. Take the option of a private terrace for the ultimate indulgence.
Kitchens on Kent brings culinary excitement, theatre, and extravagance to the city by redefining the concept of the traditional buffet. Eyes widen with amazement at live cooking stations and the fresh seafood or charcuterie towers. The day spa by Chuan offers pregnancy pampering, couples’ indulgence and day spa packages as well as bespoke treatments. Afterwards take a plunge into the 20-metre heated pool to soothe those aching muscles. Meanwhile, the Observatory Bar conjures up curious cocktails, fine food and an exclusive wine list.
Shangri-La Sydney – 9/10
Shangri-La Sydney has some of the best views of Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House in the city with 564 rooms. A regal welcome awaits at the Royal Suite offering sophistication in the luxury one-bedroom suite occupying over 242 square metres of space, with a lavish living area complete with a grand piano, opulent dining room and executive study, plus streamlined kitchenette. Then there is the deluxe Darling Harbour room, Opera House City Room and Deluxe Harbour Bridge rooms all offering superb views. Nestled in the historic Rocks District, the hotel also offers exceptional dining experiences. Enjoy dazzling views over the cities crown jewel The Sydney Harbour at Altitude. The glass private dining room literally ‘floats’ 36 levels above the harbour offering a unique dining space for up to 18 guests.
After a busy day sightseeing, any visitor to Sydney would be captivated by the uninterrupted view of a Sydney sunset from Blu Bar on 36, expertly mixed cocktail close at hand. Its prime location allows patrons to take Instagram enviable snaps of the iconic sails as they clink their champagne flutes. Feast on modern Aussie fayre with ingredients selected from land and sea. Channel your inner calm at Chi, The Spa with massages and treatments based on traditional wellness practices shared by many Asian cultures. The spa also features Australian healing techniques using botanical ingredients indigenous to the region.
Ovolo Woolloomooloo - 9/10
From the rich history of the Woolloomooloo Wharf to the modernity of Sydney Harbour, setting is everything in this Ovolo property. Featuring 100 spacious private accommodations as well as two Cityvoo and Deluxaroo loft suites. At the top end, stay in the Ultraroo Loft, which has a unique ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ theme and an upstairs king-size bed that overlooks the city. Check out the stylish curved cocktail bar, play area, powder room and ‘OMG’ minibar Australia’s first plant-based dining concept can be found in the hotel restaurant and indulge in High Tea at Alibi or a six-course meal by Matthew Kenney.
Furthermore, with the unique Social Hour the first drink is on the hotel and if you get a thirst continue sipping on cocktails at the bar. Take advantage of the extras like free laundry service and complimentary loot bags. Originally a wool mill, the historic harbourside building has been revamped. The hotel also has a free 24-hour indoor pool and gym, outside cabanas. This hotel is close to the serenity of the Royal Botanic Gardens, making it the ideal place to explore beautiful parklands and the Sydney Opera House as well as The Rocks.
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney - 9/10
As the youngest sister of the Singapore-based Fullerton Hotels & Resorts triumvirate, The Fullerton Hotel Sydney has much to live up to. Opened in 2019, the hotel features 419 rooms and suites. Like The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, it is situated in a restored post office and can be found in Sydney’s central business district – close to the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
There are two main choices of guestroom – the Heritage Rooms – in the historical post office building and the Tower Rooms – which are more contemporary in design and are located in the modern wing. Guests can expect Nespresso machines, a pillow menu, interactive tablet for guest services and Harman Kardon speakers as standard. Suites and club rooms feature Balmain bath amenities. The Place is the main dining area for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – serving contemporary Australian fayre – while The Bar offers a traditional afternoon tea and cocktails. The Singapore Sling is – of course – superb! The hotel has a fitness centre and the Endota Spa.
The Darling - 9/10
This ornate & delightful hotel has 171 rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows framing views of Pyrmont. Opt for Darling rooms, Jewel Suites, Adored Suites, Stella Suites or Penthouses. No luxury is spared for guests with pampering options like the hand-picked pillow menu, soft coat hangers and hand-made drinking glasses. All of this is surrounded by bespoke furniture and vivid artworks.
Sample Japanese cuisine at Sokyo, where Chase Kojima serves up sensational sushi true to Japanese heritage using the finest Australian produce. The Black Bar and Grill offers the finest steakhouse cuisine paired with Australian influences. The restaurant is overseen by Dany Karam who is the authority on meat and loves grilling the best produce Australia has to offer. The Darling Spa’s skilled therapists will conduct a thorough skin analysis before every facial and there is a unique area dedicated to the spa needs of men. This spa has 11 treatment rooms, two exclusive couples’ suites, a Moroccan hammam, steam room, jacuzzi and gym complete with Kinesis wall.
Old Clare Hotel - 9/10
This former pub and brewer’s headquarters in Chippendale has 62 unique rooms with soaring ceilings, exposed brick walls, super-king-size or double beds with goose-down bedding. The Connell Room has vintage furniture, while the Abercrombie room is styled industrial chic. The Kent Room is named after lager once brewed in the building. All have Rag & Bone Man lamps, a bathroom with twin sinks and a walk-in rain shower. You’ll also find smart televisions, Bose sound system and minibars. Suites are perfect for families with interconnecting rooms, there’s the C.U.B, Mary O or flashy showroom suite. With in-room massages and two complementary drinks in your room, you won’t want to leave. And that’s fine by the hotel as they offer 1pm checkout.
Gastronomy is covered at Clayton Wells Automata – a 1930’s inspired warehouse restaurant, with an old aircraft radial engine chandelier. The restaurant serves seven courses including delectable seafood options like spanner crab, yellowfin tuna or duck hearts and goats’ cheese. It also used to have a restaurant by Michelin Star chef Jason Atherton. Hang out in the funky Clare bar on the rooftop with a cool cocktail before dipping in the pool. The spa offers a range of treatments. Arguably the finest boutique hotel in Sydney.
Ovolo 1888 - 8/10
The heritage-listed Ovolo Hotel Darling Harbour in the heart of Pyrmont has 90 funky rooms ranging from ‘shoebox’ to loft suite. Decorated in recycled yet refined furnishings, each room has its own distinct character. Flashes of colour – bright yellows, reds, and blues swirl against the understated, stony colour palette. Allow yourself to get Shaken or Stirred with the choice of a split-level accommodation or a rooftop suite with a sun-drenched patio and city views - Ovolo 1888 has it covered.
Mister Percy is a great place to sample the region’s best wines and is an Italian with a twist being wholly vegetarian. This is unusual given it is nestled within a former wool store that opened in 2013. Therefore, the hotel celebrates all things wool from the felted black lampshades attached to old pulleys in the lobby to the woollen carpeting throughout the building. There’s a “Selfie Frame” downstairs as the hotel offers influencers with at least 10,000 Instagram followers a free night’s stay. 1888 was when this landmark was built and the year Kodak camera debuted.
Pullman Sydney - 8/10
Pullman pulls off a modern twist on accommodation at its Sydney Olympic Park address. There are 218 stylish, contemporary lodgings with birds-eye views of the park the downtown Sydney skyline, Rooms range from 32 square metres to 54 square metres and are immaculately designed with rich, sophisticated tones, and stylish bathrooms. The executive option features, a smart television, working desk, love seat and ottoman, mini bar and luxury marble bathroom. Choose a king size bed, or two double beds. Unwind with your favourite music playing on the Bose docking stations.
At Bacar Restaurant & Bar, Marvin Ma whips up international cuisine in this contemporary-upscale dining room and open plan show kitchen. Choose from the three-course menu to the value for money 21-dollar lunch options. Also choose unusual vegan options, not to mention a bottomless High Tea or in-room dining. After indulging, work off some calories at the 24-hour hotel fitness centre or take advantage of the guided exercise programmes or take a stroll in the surrounding parklands and paths. The spa pass includes discounted guest passes to the world-class Sydney Aquatic Centre.
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