This is a small hotel (96 rooms) just 10 minutes walk from Circular Quay in a quiet wooded street between the city and Darling harbour. The moment you walk in, the smell of roses tells you it's a Langham!
The staff are courteous and friendly without being intrusive - A difficult balance to achieve. I was there for 10 nights alone on business and by day two, everyone used my name and knew my preferred drink at the bar!
It is absolutely ideal with large rooms, decent Internet connection (free), very comfortable beds, excellent food and a great closeted, intimate atmosphere. This is nothing like the brash Four Seasons or Intercontinental down the road, this is a hotel for travellers who want style, peace and efficient service.
I was told there are plans for refurbishment in some areas and this can only take this place from 'excellent' to 'superb' and negative reports in TA should be ignored.
I used the spa and pool a few times and again, it is a quite superb facility.
I would recommend this hotel as much better option to the huge flashy competitors nearby.
(A tip with taxis - The Hotel became a Langham in October. Many Taxi drivers don't recognise the name. Make reference to 'The Observatory Hotel' if they question where it is)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Join us at Sydney's most exclusive harbourside address when The Langham, Sydney re-opens its prestigious doors in December, 2014. Nestled in the historic rocks district on famous Kent Street, this beautiful five star haven boasts the largest lead-in guestrooms in Sydney including opening windows, Juliette balconies and our extensive signature terraces. Kent Street enjoys seclusion and privacy, whilst being a five minute stroll through The Rocks to The CBD and all of Sydney's iconic locations. Our signature Pink Taxi is onsite to deliver you to any appointment you need within the CBD, with compliments. Guests will enjoy Western Harbour views from the moment they check-in, with all rooms and suites offering either harbour or city skyline outlooks across Sydney. Our brand new global partner, Wedgwood, joins us for Afternoon Tea when doors re-open December. Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood will now be hosted in our new dedicated afternoon tea space, Palm Court. Channeling pure opulence, expect harbourside views, light drenched spaces and ambience jazz playing in the backdrop, when you take part in this iconic Langham experience. The Langham, Sydney also welcomes a brand new fine dining concept to the hotel. Kent Street Kitchen, led by Parisian trained, Chef de Cuisine, Daniel Rudolph (formerly of est.), Will deliver an immersive culinary encounter with a focus on welcoming guests inside a real-life Chef's kitchen, whilst delivering a true fine dining experience. Kent Street Kitchen will also feature an exclusive Chef's Table experience serving a full degustation menu for special occasions. The Day Spa at The Langham, Sydney will continue to offer relaxation and luxury at the highest level when it comes to personal escape. Our newly designed and extended spa will feature facials, massages and body treatments, as well as advanced skin care treatments from German beauty pioneers, BABOR. The Langham, Sydney's renowned 20m indoor pool, voted Sydney's #1 hotel pool experience, features a star-dappled sky ceiling, meaning guests can swim under the stars, any time of the day or night. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Observatory Hotel Sydney