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While it may not enjoy the harbourside position of some of its peers, Sydney's largest five-star hotel does offer swish accommodation (it was fully renovated in 2018) and proximity to shops, restaurants, museums and nightlife. It caters for a steady flow of business travellers who relish its location close to the financial district. Across the road is Hyde Park - refreshing green space in the city centre. It's a 20-minute walk to The Opera House but you get to see plenty of the city on the way. Unusually for a hotel of this standard the main restaurant is a buffet, but the choice of seafood is exceptional. There's an indoor rooftop pool with city and harbour views, and a day 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.



An airbridge at the rear links the hotel to shopping arcades, and you can find authentic Italian food at nearby Alberto's Lounge, by Hyde Park.

City-centre hotel near the nightlife of King's Cross, 20 minutes' walk from the harbour.
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 AUD60 per day.

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Style & Character

The location appeals primarily to shopping and business-minded guests, but some well-priced deals attract holidaymakers. The Conservatory Bar, beneath a stunning, arched glass atrium has a touch of New-York chic and views of Hyde Park.

Service & Facilities

The gym, which has Hyde Park views, is particularly well-equipped for a hotel fitness centre and is open 24/7.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Swimming pool
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Paid parking
  • Free Wi-Fi


The Ambassador Suite has a kitchenette and dining area, and terraces with views of St Mary's Cathedral and Hyde Park. Rooms are some of the largest in Sydney and all have a bathtub for relaxing after a busy day exploring.

Inner Queen, Standard, Grand Executive rooms; Executive, Grand Executive, Terrace, Deluxe Terrace, Hyde Park, Ambassador, Royal suites
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, slippers, tea and coffee facilities, hairdryer, TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

Conservatory Bar overlooking Hyde Park is a great spot to kick off your evening with a cocktail and a light bite. High tea in The Gallery Tea Lounge (served at 11am and 1.30pm) is a real treat. The scones are just right!

Feast: buffet restaurant, fresh seafood. Open Fri-Sun for lunch and dinner.
The Gallery: afternoon tea and light meals. Open Fri-Sun 10.30am-4pm.
Conservatory Bar: wines, gins and craft beers, charcuterie platters, burgers. Open Mon-Fri 10.30am-midnight, Sat & Sun 11am-midnight. Mains from AUD22.

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