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“Girls Night made wonderful!”
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The Darling
Ranked #6 of 178 Hotels in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
“Girls Night made wonderful!”
Reviewed November 7, 2013

Stayed at The Darling overnight in late October, for a girls trip to Sydney. The room was spotless, beds and pillows so, so comfortable and amenities just perfect. The TV was massive and for us girls, the hairdryer (A VS model) was a very welcome addition.

The pool was lovely and spa was perfect too! Staff were very helpful, even when it appeared one of our suitcases had been mislaid due to arriving early and leaving it there prior to check-in, they were more than helpful and were apologetic when it was delivered within 30 minutes of check-in.

The location is perfect for getting the Sydney CBD and you can't miss some of the brilliant cafes in the area.

Will be recommending this fine hotel to all our friends and families.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

Where do i start. In October i had booked 2 nights at the darling in a junior spa suite to have as our pre wedding getting ready room, and then my husband and I returned to the room after our wedding and it was our honeymoon suite.

The amount of space in the suite was enough to fit 4 bridesmaids, a flower girl, the mother of the bride, two hairdressers and two makeup artists, plus all of their bits and pieces and all of my bits and pieces for the wedding day.

From when i decided to book with The Darling to the moment we left the staff were absolutely amazing and worked endlessly to ensure that everything ran smoothly on the day and that if we needed anything they provided it.


We were allowed to unpack the car and leave it in the valet until we were ready and everything was upstairs and that was about half an hour.

We rang the reception on numerous occasions and called room service just as many times and every time they came to the door with a smile on their face and no complaints and brang anything we needed, as strange as the request may have been. Everything from a knife, to a extension chord was asked for and whatever we had forgotten they seemed to have available for us to use.

We had organised for them to bring up stools for us to get ready and when they makeup artist arrived she said they were too tall so the staff found us smaller chairs and worked so quickly and efficiently to ensure that I was a happy customer.

Once we set off for the wedding, our room was made up and set for the night when i was to return with my husband. When we walked in the ambience of the room was excellent the lighting was dimmed the massive wall curtains were open and the view of the harbour was gorgeous.

The room service food was amazing we ha dull breakfast included each both mornings and we had desert the night before the wedding which we ate in the massive spa with our glasses of moet, and there was nothing I could fault.

The bathrooms were huge, you had your own sink each, the shower water pressure was just right but if you wanted it more or less you could change it. AND the best thing for myself there was a walk in wardrobe which had ample room for my wedding dress, the bridesmaids and flower girl dress, our shoes, our honeymoon bags etc etc.

ABSOLUTELY PLEASED with our stay.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mildura, Australia
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Reviewed November 5, 2013 via mobile

We loved The Darling, very classy! Room was clean, the bed soooo comfortable. Molten Brown products, gorgeous bathroom. Friendly staff. We would stay again! Few issues-
- no room in bar fridge for own drinks, mini bar takes up all the fridge
- UHT milk.... Yuk, fresh milk please
-Little table for preparing coffee would be good , instead of balancing the nespresso on the sink!
- hard to see at night to the bathroom, due to light switches on the wall.
We ate at Fat Noodle( next door in casino) for 3 nights, it was so good !
Overall fantastic , can't wait to stay again!

  • Stayed October 2013
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed November 4, 2013 via mobile

Stayed at The Darling for three nights at the start of November.

Our flight had been delayed getting to Sydney, and we were in a hurry to make a dinner reservation. Thankfully, check in was very quick.

Our room was fantastic. Special mention to the beautiful sheets on the bed - really luxurious!

The down side was not having a great view. We could see the pool out of our window, and did realise when we visited the pool that guests who hadn't drawn their sheer curtains would be easily seen.

Apparently, the top floors have the smoking rooms, so if you can put up with the smell, you would have a better view.

We used the pool and gym in the Astral Residences, adjacent to the Darling, both of which were great.

The only real gripe I would have is the $6 charge for all room service (and pool side) orders. I have always thought that such a charge would be covered in the premium prices you pay for the food and drinks..

We had massages in the spa as well, which I can highly recommend. The spa takes up a whole level and is very decadent.

I can also recommend dinner at Sokyo - amazing food, drinks and service!

Relatively convenient spot. We walked to the city several times which takes about 20 minutes.

Wonderful break. Thanks, The Darling!

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dubbo, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed November 3, 2013 via mobile

My husband & I stayed here for two nights for our 20 th wedding anniversary. Absolutely beautiful hotel. Very modern & exciting as soon as you walk in this hotel. We had a jewel spa suite. Very spacious & a comfy bed. Amazing bathroom with all the latest mod cons. Only let down was they wanted $8 for 1/2 bucket of ice to put our champagne in. Mmmmm. Not impressed. Also u can't put anything in fridge & is all automatic. Those two things were the only downfall, especially when u pay good money.

  • Stayed November 2013
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Perth
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed November 3, 2013

In Sydney for a conference so chose to stay (for two nights - Wed and Thur) at the Darling for it's proximity to the Convention Centre. Firstly, the hotel's website may look funky but has little information about facilities in the hotel. In the room, some of the 'snazzy new techy switches' are not intuitive and emit too much light at night. Then the NOISE of the casino disco on Thur night - a complaint I learnt that staff are used to. The pool is only open '9 to 5' - not much good when you're at a conference during the day. But you can use the pool at the adjoining Astral outside these hours. And the gym (very well-equipped) is at the Astral. So stay at the Astral.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 2, 2013 via mobile

Stayed only one night in a suite. Wonderful rooms with easy access to the casino, plenty of restaurants and darling Harbour. Staff were more than helpful. I had a massage at the adjoin spa. Glad I did one of the best relaxing session ive had in a long time.
Will return next trip to SYD

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: The Darling
Address: 80 Pyrmont St, Sydney, New South Wales 2009, Australia
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney
Amenities:
Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 178 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):
The Darling is located at The Star Sydney and is a key feature of Sydney’s leading entertainment destination. The hotel was designed as a stand-alone structure, with its own arrival experience, amenities and alluring personality. Housed in a distinctive inverted glass tower resting on a sandstone podium, the hotel features 171 stylish and spacious rooms, suites and penthouses, a 25-metre outdoor heated swimming pool, world-class cuisine and an indulgent day spa. The Darling is honoured to be the first Sydney hotel to be awarded a prestigious Forbes Five-Star rating. A Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating is the most coveted award in the global luxury travel sector. Properties awarded Five-Stars are considered outstanding and are often iconic with virtually flawless service and facilities. ... more   less 
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