If one doesn't need a view of Harbour water....the Swissotel would be a Great place to stay. Its location is SO central for Shopping....as it actually is built "on top" of Myer Department Store...and next to the Pitt St. Mall, and a block from the Wonderful Queen Victoria Building. As well, it is only a few blocks to the lovely Hyde Park in one direction....and only a few blocks to ALL the wonderful Attractions of Darling Harbour....like the Aquarium...and a Ferry to Circular Quay.
One enters the hotel from Market St....into what is like a shopfront...with a Concierge Desk and Bellman trolleys...and a 3 lift area. Up to the 8th floor...where the Main Floor is... with Reception, the Funky lobby bar (with its comfy and colorful seating) and the In house Restaurant.
Our eventual room was Perfect for our 6 night stay. Big enough...with 2 HUGE banks of windows...which let in the morning sunshine. (as opposed to the TINY corner room we were first put in. Especially since we were on an Executive Floor..this 1st room was really not good enough...so we changed...smile) And the Executive Lounge was Most Enjoyable for our breakfasts and early evening drinks and snacks. (except for the one child who was not kept in hand by his parents. We don't mind kids being in an "adult area" IF they are well behaved...so this is an "issue" that we think needs to be looked at.) So...would we Return? Yes. There is Lots to Like about the Sydney Swissotel. Thanks to All who looked after us and our Requests. Special Thanks to Housekeeping! All were friendly, helpful and kept our room Perfect!
Oh...one more tip. We like taking the train in from the airport....and it is only a Very Short walk from the St. James station to the Hotel. Saves us time and money...