Full disclosure -I have stayed at the Four Seasons Sydney many years ago when it was still the Regent. I stayed often and it featured as a kind of home away from home. So when I had the chance to stay again, this time as its new identity of a Four Seasons property, I was predisposed to love it. Talk about location location location. For my money, and I know the other hotel players in town, Four Seasons nails the view - harbor, bridge and the Opera House money shot. The rooms ending in 11, from memory, offer the amazing corner situation. Plus, the George Street location allows you access to some of the very best places to chill in Sydney. The Rocks, for street markets, art museums and of course, food & pubs, is vibrant and full of history. This is steps away from the hotel. Cross the street from the hotel and you're at Circular Quay and can catch a ferry to the zoo, to Manley - just get on the water. If you continue on foot from the Quay, you are at the Opera House and into the oh-so beautiful botanical gardens, where you can wander around and discover so many special nooks and crannies. Or, you can just turn right out of the hotel and head up George Street into the CBD and check out the whole Ivy dining experience. As for the hotel itself, loving the remodeled lobby. We enjoyed Grain, with its wood and cowhide chairs and transom windows opening up to the hubub on George Street. Our room was big, particularly by city standards, with that awesome corner view. Get as high a room as you can. And if you want to save a few dollars, ask for a harbor/city view so you still have at least a bit of the gorgeous view/Opera House view. If you want to splurge, however, I strongly recommend paying a bit more for Executive Club access. This is a cozy and extremely well run space serving a feast of hot and cold goodies for breakfast and throughout the day. As I mull over the hotel options, I can't think of another property in Sydney that ticks the boxes like the FS. For my money, the Park Hyatt does not offer the view from high, which I think is vital, plus it is crazy expensive. The Intercon is a great choice, but views are of the back side of the Opera House - though include the botanical gardens. Blue Hotel in the wharf in Woolloomoloo is funky and interesting, but dark and quiet. Couple of interesting Accor properties in the Rocks to be considered, along with the Q T Hotel, which is generating a lot of interest. But even if you are not a first timer to Sydney as I am not, the Four Seasons brings it all to bear.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stunningly situated overlooking Sydney Harbour in the historic Rocks district, a short walk from the city's shopping and business centres, Four Seasons is vibrant and elegant, with dramatic harbourfront views and a luxurious day spa featuring exclusive skincare and aromatherapy treatments. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 4 Seasons Hotel Sydney
- Four Seasons Sydney
- Sydney Four Seasons