My husband and I stayed at the Shangri-La as a treat for a special birthday. Check-in was efficient without being at all personal. There was a wedding in the hotel on this Saturday night and most of the - numerous - staff were focussing on dealing with their arrival / check-in / parking / general confusion. Might be worth asking if there's a function on when you're staying as that's more than likely going to be noticeable to you on your stay.
The view from our room was very disappointing. I'd booked what was billed as an Opera House / City view, not the cheapest but by no means the most expensive. Unfortunately we were given a room on the lowest floor with a view of the next door office buildings and a glimpse of circular quay between them. The room itself was just lovely, as you would expect from a Shangri-La, but with that 'vista' we didn't want to stay in it.
So we repaired to the Blu Bar at the top of the hotel. Being 5pm on a Saturday evening it was heaving (wedding guests again as well as other hotel guests), but eventually quietened down and we were able to find a seat. The view from the cocktail lounge (you'll need to wait for a table) is sensational, straight out over the Bridge, Harbour & Opera House. The view from the bar is actually to the west, over Darling Harbour, Balmain and across to the Blue Mountains (on a good day!) so whilst sunset is popular, you'll be staring straight into the setting sun so can get hot.
I've been fortunate enough to stay in a number of 5* hotels in Sydney, and the Shangri-La is my favourite. I was disappointed in this visit's view, but last time I'd stayed in a Horizon Club room which has clearly spoilt me for any return visits!
Walking distance to lots of Sydney's tourist sights as well as transport to all the others - Manly, Bondi etc. it really is in a prime location and the views - if you get one - are spectacular.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney is perfectly positioned between the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge in the historic Rocks district. Within walking distance of the city's major shopping venues and tourist attractions, the hotel offers panoramic views of Sydney Harbour. A wide selection of dining options including Australian cuisine at award winning Altitude Restaurant, Mix and Grill in the all day dining restaurant Café Mix and fabulous cocktails at the glamorous Blu Bar on 36. ... more less
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