We stayed last month for 4 nights at the Observatory with our 14-year old daughter, during our first trip to Australia. What an introduction to this wonderful country! We echo the sentiments registered by other recent TA contributors: this hotel's personal service, in particular, is extraordinary. From the planning help of Yvonne to the super ideas on a zoo visit and rental car to the Blue Mountains from concierge Michael, to the gracious breakfast service each morning from Ernesto (what a way to start the day!), to the personalized cookies and hot chocolate for our daughter... Wow! we were so impressed. The consistently attentive, cheerful, and helpful attitude demonstrated throughout our stay was pretty remarkable.
And I haven't even started on the hotel furnishings and accommodations! As noted by other guests, the pool and spa are lovely as are the guest rooms and lobby. Although this hotel doesn't have the views and nightlife of bigger hotels by the water, its intimate, comfortable, and neighborhood feel more than makes up for this and was perfect for us. In fact, we especially loved the neighborhood-style restaurants within a couple of blocks of the hotel. The only suggestion I have is to re-think the wireless access fees. They are exhorbitant and we ended up having to go to an Internet Cafe. Overall, however, we thought the price/value of the Observatory stay was excellent (particularly with breakfast as part of the package)... and we will have lasting memories of our stay in Syndey. (By the way, I have written a thank you to a hotel manager and I have attached this note).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Join us at Sydney's most exclusive harbourside address, The Langham, Sydney. Nestled in the historic rocks district, on famous Kent Street, this beautiful five star retreat has recently undergone a grand transformation, now boasting the largest guestrooms in the city. All rooms and suites feature opening windows, Juliette balconies and/or signature terraces, with the focus remaining on a grand residence experience for guests. 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 are treated to Western Harbour views across White Bay or a stunning city skyline outlook across Sydney. Our global partner, Wedgwood, joins us for Afternoon Tea hosted in opulent Palm Court. Channelling pure sophistication, indulge in harbourside views, light drenched spaces and ambience jazz playing. As the sun sets over Palm Court Bar, jazz and mixology come together to create a gastronomical tasting experience like no other. The hotel is also host to Sydney dining hotspot "Kent Street Kitchen" led by internationally acclaimed Executive Chef, Thomas Heinrich. Delivering old world techniques combined with modern sophistication, everything in European chic can be anticipated. Featuring one of Sydney's most beautiful Chef's Table, three metres of white marble flanked by high back salmon chairs, Thomas Heinrich welcomes you to his personal table, positioned in the middle of the restaurant. The Day Spa at The Langham, Sydney continues to offer relaxation and luxury at the highest level when it comes to personal escape. Our newly designed and extended spa features facials, massages advanced skin care from German beauty pioneers, BABOR, exclusive Blue Mountains based IKOU and new partner, Aromatherapy Associates. 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. With a strong focus on luxury local experiences; The Langham, Sydney also offers private butler tennis afternoons, elegant boxed take-away picnics, unique terrace dinners, cocktail tasting experiences and local touring options for a luxury clientele. Modern Luxury and attention to detail, like Sydney has never experienced. Please, join us. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Observatory Hotel Sydney