The Suite Life: Sydney's Luxurious Hotels

Sydney's 5 star hotels are taking luxury to a new level.

Sydney has undergone a renaissance of late with new luxury hotels opening and existing hotels being redeveloped and refurbished. So if you’re heading to our beautiful city, be sure to check out these luxurious Sydney stays.

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

The Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney recently reopened 90 newly refurbished Horizon Club rooms and Australia’s biggest and most sophisticated club lounge in a five-star hotel, after a much-anticipated multi-million-dollar renovation.
The Horizon Club Lounge on level 30 is now more than 20 percent bigger at 335 square meters (about 3,606 square feet) and commands Australia’s best hotel view via 13-meter-high (about 42-feet-high) windows spanning four stories. The 36-story building has unobstructed views of Sydney’s two most iconic landmarks, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, from its prime position in bustling heritage listed area The Rocks.

The 90 Horizon Club rooms and suites recently reopened, with two larger rooms created after the removal of one suite. There is now an additional Grand Harbour View room and a Darling Harbour View room plus an upgraded disability-accessible room.

The hotel rooms, which were last refurbished in 2006, have a fresh, contemporary design featuring a pale-gold-and-blue décor theme to reflect the vibrant colors of Sydney Harbour against blonde-timber-panelled wardrobe doors and furniture and a custom-made embossed cherry blossom wallpaper motif behind the headboard and seating area.

Each premium room has cushioned window seats, a mini-bar, timber dresser with chair and an executive desk with built-in multi-plug international sockets, plus espresso machine, iHome dock, Bluetooth media hub and complimentary WiFi internet access. Bathrooms have a marble bath and separate shower and new vanities with illuminated mirrors.

The Langham, Sydney

Late last year, The Langham, Sydney re-opened its doors after an incredible redevelopment. 

Langham Hospitality Group purchased The Langham, Sydney (previously The Observatory Hotel) in 2012 from Orient Express and rebranded in the same year with great success. “The Sydney market was examined closely and carefully, and there was a sense that very few hotels offered a grand residential feel and opulence in the luxury market” said General Manager Sonia Lefevre.

“This is a truly international product, designed to offer Sydney an asset that doesn’t currently exist in terms of opulence, elegance and luxury”.

Some of that opulence includes the $1 million Sotheby’s art collection on the walls of the public spaces. Other luxury touches include Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood, a global initiative and brand partnership for Langham Hotels & Resorts, which sees two classic luxury brands celebrating the art of “afternoon tea” in The Langham, Sydney’s new palatial afternoon tea space – Palm Court. The space is one of the stand out areas within the hotel, featuring warm golden tones with strong accents of amber, against an enormous white calacatta marble fire place, which flows into a luxe open plan bar.

The Day Spa has received a multi-million-dollar redevelopment of its own and remains at the forefront of specialised therapists, luxe treatments and spa pedigree.

Parisian-trained Chef de Cuisine Daniel Rudolph has delivered relaxed fine dining inside Kent Street Kitchen. The restaurant, which features a professional chefs kitchen in the middle of the restaurant, invites diners to immerse themselves in an authentic kitchen experience and explore elegant hand crafted produce at their leisure.

InterContinental Sydney Double Bay

The InterContinental Sydney Double Bay opened on 6 November last year in the picturesque Double Bay village and is the only five-star Sydney hotel outside the CBD. The building has been transformed into an elegant, secluded bayside retreat, with 140 rooms and suites. The Royal Suite is the largest guest room, taking up a corner of the top accommodation floor (level 5), topped only by the stunning Rooftop Pool & Lounge (level 6) overlooking the bay. The hotel features Stillery concept bar featuring a range of rare gins and cocktails, and Stockroom restaurant featuring local produce, a robata grill and chef's table for private dining in the pantry – all under the direction of Executive Chef Julien Pouteau.

The retail offering on the ground floor features a range of dining, health and entertainment options, including renowned Japanese Saké Restaurant & Bar, to be followed by other offerings including Henley’s Wholefoods, Trumps Spa, and 24-hour Snap Fitness.
Celebrating the rich farming legacy of the local area, Stockroom restaurant turns fresh seasonal produce into carefully-crafted dishes and market-style dining experiences for hotel guests and visitors, in a warm and intimate setting overlooking leafy Double Bay.
Stockroom’s talented team of chefs, led by Executive Chef Julien Pouteau, uses techniques such as curing, smoking, pickling and cooking using a robata grill to ensure produce is the hero of every dish. Complementing the menu is an extensive list of local and international wines.

Inspired by the rich distilling history of the local area, Stillery is a beautifully-designed bar focusing on local and imported craft, vintage and rare gin, poured behind a stunning pale-blue marble and leather-clad bar.

InterContinental Sydney Double Bay’s Rooftop Pool & Lounge is an exclusive and luxurious retreat, tucked away on the top floor of Sydney’s newest five-star hotel, overlooking spectacular panoramic views of the yacht-dotted bay.

Roshan Sukhla
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