SOFITEL SYDNEY DARLING HARBOUR
Darling Harbour is usually reserved for tourists and families. What happens when a Sydney local checks into its newest 5 star hotel?
The hotel has been open for three months to the day when TW checks in, and the staff is proud. There’s an influx at check-in, but the line moves quickly and staff fill each reception desk, so they’re well equipped.
The emphasis is on the view, with floor to ceiling glass panes capturing the vista of Darling Harbour. Its high vantage gives an often unseen perspective of the Sydney skyline. The long daybed slash window seat is a great space to lounge and observe the view, as though you are on the precipice.
There is a bath treatment service, which includes a chamomile tea and bath salts delivered to your room on request. There is also a pillow menu, with six options, ranging from memory foam to extra long. There is also a bath service, where the hotel will provide all the bathing accoutrements, doing everything minus turning on the actual taps. That’s up to you. Chamomile tea and bath salts are delivered while the tub fills.
The pool has generated quite a buzz. Get there early – popping up there at sunset on a weekend there is not enough space or sun loungers, with the majority of sun seekers setting up camp on the ground. The bar is beautiful, and you can’t help but think it’s a great spot for a private party or event.
This is a hotel with a cool cache, forward room design and finishing touches that even at the lower end of the room scale, feel plush. The carpet is an Aboriginal design, and it’s good to see Australian elements in a hotel that prides itself on French service, style and panache.
This luxury hotel is like an adrenaline shot to the heart of an area of Sydney that was neglected and under construction for as long as most locals remember. It is a much needed addition to Sydney’s luxury hotel scene.