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An enviable location close to the harbour, elegant accommodation, superb food, and impeccable service make this five-star hotel a top choice. The grand lobby leads to rooms and suites that are quietly sophisticated - uncluttered and luxurious. It's an easy walk to The Opera House, the botanic gardens, and the historic Rocks area. At nearby Circular Quay you can hop on a sightseeing cruise around the harbour or catch a ferry to Manly for a day on the beach. If you fancy climbing The Harbour Bridge, the departure point is close by and the hotel can arrange it. When you're done with sightseeing head back to the hotel to relax at the gym, heated outdoor pool and Endota spa.

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Alexandra Richards
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Alexandra Richards is a freelance travel writer and photographer based in Dorset. She is the author of numerous guidebooks, including Bradt’s Slow Travel Guide to Dorset and the Bradt guide to Mauritius. She has a particular interest in food, wildlife, outdoor activities, remote places, travelling with children and encouraging an outdoor childhood.



Sea Life Sydney Aquarium in Darling Harbour is worth a visit - children will be in awe of the shark tunnel.

The hotel is on vibrant George Street, a short walk from the waterfront and Circular Quay.
By plane: flights to Sydney from London take around 24 hours with a stop in Dubai or Darwin. The hotel is a 20-minute drive from the airport. Parking on-site costs AUD79 per day.

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Style & Character

It's perfect for anyone wanting to experience Sydney in style, and of the five-star options it's one of the most family-friendly. It doesn't feel bland the way many large hotels do - instead, it oozes style and sophistication.

Service & Facilities

Many of its competitors make do with an indoor pool but to our mind this outdoor version is far more enticing. The service is superb - professional, polite and pre-emptive.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming pool
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Free Wi-Fi


Rooms are subtly chic, decorated in neutral tones with blue accents reflecting the ocean and the sky. They overlook either the city or the harbour and have spacious marble bathrooms. The suites are huge and have masses of room for families. Wheelchair-accessible rooms are available. King Harbour Rooms are suite-sized, have huge corner windows and views of The Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

Deluxe, Premier, King rooms; One Bedroom, Royal, Presidential, Two Bedroom Presidential suites
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

The Grain is referred to as a whisky bar but also serves a mean cocktail and some great Aussie wines. The seven-course tasting menu is a delight, but if that seems excessive the catch of the day is a good bet.

Mode: contemporary Australian cuisine. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea Fri-Sun. Mains from AUD38.
The Grain: whiskies, drinks and cocktails, bar bites and sharing platters, from AUD14. Open Weds-Sat, 4pm until late.

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