December 9, 2011
By: Dave Eisen
With a coveted harbourfront location between the world-famous Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, fans of the Park Hyatt Sydney are in for additional treats when the hotel reopens later this year. The hotel has been closed for seven months, during which its interiors and exteriors were redesigned (nearly from scratch, we hear) and fully transformed. Word is the property is taking reservations for February 2012 onward.
The hotel, in the Rocks district of Sydney's city center, was redone with new rooftop suites, upgraded guest rooms and remodeled public spaces. Nice Touch: Views of Sydney Harbour and the Opera House will be visible through new floor-to-ceiling windows in almost all areas of the property.
Guest rooms are being completely redesigned to complement the hotel’s harbor-front location. The best part? An additional floor is being added for three new rooftop suites, each of which will have large balconies and appropriately luxe amenities. The Sydney Suite, Park Hyatt Sydney’s new presidential quarters, will have an outdoor dining table on a 1,000-square-foot balcony as well as kitchen prep and cooking space for a personal chef. All suites will have floor-to-ceiling glass doors opening onto a private balcony overlooking Sydney Harbour, and formerly four-paneled floor-to-ceiling windows will be replaced with two larger panes to make for clearer views of the city outside. In addition to new design elements, service enhancements will include twice the former number of hotel butlers to assist all guests and new restaurant-style, hand-carried in-room dining instead of the traditional roll cart.
Apart from private dining options, guests will be able to enjoy locally sourced and biodynamic cuisine in The Dining Room. Its entire façade is being reconstructed to optimize the Opera House view through floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
This article was originally written for our sister publication: Luxury Travel Advisor
By: Dave Eisen
November 15, 2011
By: Christopher Roney
Here’s one for the food aficionados. A new hotel, The Darling, is opening within walking distance of the Sydney Opera house, and it’s got quite the in-house cuisine. The Seiobo restaurant at The Darling is the very first international location for Momofuku outside of New York. Pioneered by David Chang, Momofuku Seiobo offers a unique and ever-changing tasting menu utilizing only the finest in fresh Australian ingredients and inspired by centuries of Japanese tradition. And who doesn’t enjoy some grilled trumpeter belly ever now and again?
Sleekly designed to evoke an ultra-modern feel, the architecture makes liberal use of glass paning to keep the hotel open to the surrounding Sydney skyline. And it’s only a few kilometers from Bondi, the internationally renowned beach that’s perfect for surfing. And since the hotel features an adults-only pool itself, you don’t need to make an excursion to enjoy some more leisurely time in the water. So next time you’re looking to travel down-under, stay at this peach of a hotel, The Darling in Sydney.
October 28, 2011
By: Oksana Balytsky
I bet your life (like most of ours) is lacking in kangaroos, surfing, and scuba diving. Take a trip down under and experience first-hand the laid back atmosphere and beauty Sydney, Australia has to offer. Not a big fan of the winter cold? Consider traveling anytime from December-February, Australia’s summer season, and enjoy a cocktail on the beach while your neighbors back home shovel snow.
For those wanting a truly Sydney experience, the newly renovated Sydney Harbour Marriott at Circular Quay is the perfect hotel. This downtown Sydney resort overlooks the beautiful Sydney Harbour and the renowned Opera House, providing you with cultural and outdoor activities a few steps away. At Sydney’s premier waterfront hotel, guests are welcomed to indulge in a variety of treatments offered in the day spa and take a dip in the luxurious indoor pool. If an outdoor adventure is more your calling, check out the boating, surfing, and sailing opportunities found in Sydney. After doing it all, retire to your room, complete with picturesque harbour views, and dare to do it all again the next day.
By: Oksana Balytsky
October 4, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
When the temperatures start to cool off in this hemisphere, things are only heating up in Australia. How about a Christmas or NYE break in OZ? Bask in the Australian sun and learn the ins and outs of one of the coolest cities on the planet. (The Clefs d'Or Head Concierge at the Sydney Harbour Marriott will hook you up with local insight on the city's premier attractions.) For your stay in Sydney, experience the newly refurbished Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay. Just minutes from the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Sydney Aquarium, Observatory and historic Rocks district, this stylish waterfront hotel recently completed a $20 million refurbishment. New features include large 42” flat screen LCD televisions in every room, as well as high speed wireless internet and an iPod docking station - not to mention the famous Marriott "Revive" bedding (300-thread-count linens, fluffier pillow & down duvets). Most guest rooms have killer views of the harbour, to boot. Start off the day with a full breakfast buffet in Icons restaurant, and after exploring Sydney, return for a swim in the indoor pool or for a massage in the day spa.
July 26, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
A new luxury hotel will up the luxury quotient in Sydney when it opens this fall, debuting $15,000-a-night penthouse suites complete with their own gambling room and 24-hour butler. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the city's newest five-star hotel, slated to open in mid-October 2011, will have stunning views of the city skyline and Darling Harbour. Part of the renovation of the Star City casino complex at Pyrmont, the new Darling Hotel will have 171 rooms with lavish, custom-designed interiors. The crème de la crème: the afore-mentioned penthouse suites. Occupying the top (12th) floor of the hotel, these four suites are enormous, designed to attract the high-rollers, entertainers, and big gamblers. General Manager Drew Schlesinger told the newspaper:
"They can order food from any of the restaurants, we can get anything for anyone. If they want American bison, we'll get American bison.''