The Park Hyatt Sydney is arguably the most impressive hotel in town-a fact which, when combined with its scenic and utterly central location, makes for high occupancy and rates to match. Then again the Park Hyatt hardly needs to compete on price; this is the place for a slightly excessive, almost over-the-top hotel experience.
That’s not to say the Park Hyatt is ostentatious or gaudy-quite the opposite. In fact if it’s possible to overdose on genteel discretion, this is the place to do it. Built low on the waterfront, out of sandstone rather than gleaming glass, it’s a rather subtle structure; the only thing flashy about it is the view from the front-facing balconies, looking across Sydney Cove toward the Opera House.
Inside, though, it’s no exaggeration to say it’s a feast for the senses; rooms are spacious and sumptuous, richly decorated in earth tones and that classic, vaguely Eastern Park Hyatt look, with a sense of calm to the décor that stays fresh as the more trend-conscious boutiques begin to date. Sharp LCD screens are standard, but they’ll likely have trouble competing for your attention-most of the 158 rooms face the water, making for an inspiring view. The curtains are remote-controlled from the bedside panel, but if you’ve opted for the 24-hour butler service, why not call him in to press the button for you?
The restaurant and bar are first-class, as expected; but the location, practically under the Harbour Bridge, is right in the heart of the Rocks district, and an easy walk from Circular Quay or the Wharf, and any number of restaurants, shops and bars are within easy reach. The only downside is that it’s not cheap-but if you’re in the market for first-class luxury, you won’t likely be disappointed.
7 Hickson Road, Sydney, New South Wales