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The Darling
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   80 Pyrmont Street | at The Star, Sydney, New South Wales 2009, Australia   |  
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Ranked #18 of 184 Hotels in Sydney
Melbourne, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Flawless”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

The hotel is ridiculously stylish and staff are exceptionally professional and friendly. We stayed for one night and we were upgraded to a jewel room upon check in. The rooms are spectacularly appointed; everything considered and the decor quite Las Vegas-ish! Large comfortable bed with top quality pillows and linens, the shower was amazing, separate bath and large walk in dressing room that I wish I had at home!. The living area was great; massive tv, nespresso machine, electronically controlled blinds-the works! Most importantly the room was spotless. The only downside is the lack of view, our room was hindered by a building above the pool area which may have been the theatre rooftop. The staff at the valet and concierge were friendly -something that sometimes lacks with Australian hospitality. We had booked the room via an agent but something had gone wrong and when we checked out hotel had no record of this. Raquel at the front desk took total control calling the agent and sorting out the problem even though it was not the fault of the hotel. She was very professional and an asset to the hotel. I would stay again on my next visit.

Room Tip: High level for uninterrupted view
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013 via mobile

Recently stayed for 2 nights in one of the suites, very cool room finishes, superb concierge and great location. Was let down though by the door to the walk-in wardrobe being on the wrong side so you couldn't really get in and 3-star front counter service (usually only one person on and not very helpful/experienced - not what you expect for 650/night).

Concierge was excellent - nothing was a problem, very friendly and professional - well done.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

The Darling is fabulously stylish with very attractive helpful staff. Great location on the harbour, it really is almost perfect... The only thing I didn't enjoy was breakfast in the Garden Buffet, it's like a canteen! Not what I expected of a 5 star hotel. I don't know why it's called the Garden, there is no view. I would recommend taking breakfast at one of the many places at the Harbour, much nicer.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013 via mobile

we booked the jewel suite and received an upgrade to the stellar suite. it was out anniversary and so perfect and beautiful that we never wanted to leave. the entire establishment was modern, classy and elegant. staff were all friendly and polite. i can't wait to go back - the darling makes me proud to be a sydney-sider.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Having stayed at a few city based hotels around the world, I can say that The Darling is up there with the very best,
My stay from the extremely efficient and friendly staff when booking in, to the stunning rooms, the detail such as Adriano Zumbo macarons on the bed in the evening, molton brown bathroom goodies, smart tv, mood lighting......everything you would desire in a chic hotel room was there for you...and more !
Very impressive rooms, an outside pool worthy of being called a pool as you can actually swim in it, a great gym.......superb location......
I think I may be running out of superlatives...

But to everyone associated with the Hotel, can I just say thank you and well done, I look forward to another trip there in the not too distant future.....

Room Tip: if you can get an upgrade to a suite, they are fantastic....
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Friendly staff of The Darling greet you when you walk into the foyer and you feel an element of designer chic appeal... but once you recieve your key and open the door to your room/suite it's a whole other feeling. You turn the key, the lights turn on to reveal mood lighting with the ceiling high curtains opening up to your view of Sydney, while your tv welcomes you personally with options to control the rooms composition.... and thats just after you've put the key in and taken a step into the door. AMAZING! The directional furniture and style of the rooms interior are like you're on the set of Vogue Living and the bath products, purple and camel robes and thick bath slippers get you ready for relaxation, especially after your vichy shower experience. The best moment comes when you lie in the most comfortable bed and pillows you have ever experienced in your life... and dont forget that you can design how you want to wake up all through your tv... windows to open at 6am with specific lights coming on over a 10 second time period and the tv turning on at the same time to reveal your morning news program... no worries!!! This is Luxury, and with Adriano Zumbo's dessert station open late (that's right like a sushi station but with dessert) and the 24 hour casino with boutique shops like chanel and gstar and delicious restaurants at your door step, I cant think of anywhere else in Sydney to stay! I had an amazing stay! xx

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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120 reviews 120 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013 via mobile

Fabulous bed and so quiet.... Usually hotal rooms have some sort of white noise from air conditioning or the mini bar... Our room was silent. Price for weekend stay pricey... Better value during the week. Really nice to pair a stay here with going to a show at the Lyric followed by dessert at Adrian Zumbo's.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 80 Pyrmont Street | at The Star, Sydney, New South Wales 2009, Australia
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 184 Hotels in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Darling 5*
Number of rooms: 171
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to The Darling. 171 rooms and views from the Sydney Harbour to the Blue Mountains, Sydney's most lovingly detailed hotel is now open at The Star.***Named one of the Top 60 Best New Hotels in the World by Condé Nast Traveller******Winner of Best New Hotel Construction and Design 2012 at the Asia-Pacific International Hotel Awards***DISTINCTIVELY DARLING FEATURESFloor-to-Ceiling GlassOur rooms feature floor-to-ceiling glass and windows that open to showcase what are possibly the best views in Sydney.The Darling BedOnce you've slept on a Darling bed, you'll be reluctant to leave it. Every one features a customised 1000 spring mattress, 400 thread count 100% Egyptian cotton bed linen and a goose down comforter. A menu of 12 luxury pillows is offered for your comfort.Molton Brown ProductsEvery bathroom contains a range of Molton Brown products, exclusive in Australian hotels, to The Darling.Rain ShowerheadsEvery bathroom comes with a relaxing rain showerhead and a European wand.Control Four Integrated SystemComplete control is at your fingertips. One touch of a button and you can do anything – from lower your blinds to adjust the air temperature.EXPERIENCE THE SPA AT THE DARLINGOur spa has 16 private rooms – including an intimate couples suite – and every one of them is devoted to making you look incredible, and feel even better.We offer signature Asian and European treatments, a hamam and a level of pampering that is unparalleled ... more   less 
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