Tucked between Sydney’s Rocks and Circular Quay precincts, Australia’s only Four Seasons property offers unbeatable access to – and views of – some of the city’s top attractions. Admire the harbour, the bridge and the Opera House from one of the hotel’s recently renovated rooms, complete with handsome wooden wall panels, plush carpets, separate sitting areas and Christian Lacroix amenities. It’s worth paying a bit extra for access to the club lounge on the 32nd floor, which offers complimentary breakfast and evening drinks and canapés. Or make your way to the ground floor Mode Kitchen & Bar, where Francesco Mannelli (ex Balla and Est) plates up flavoursome modern Australian fare.
About 20 minutes drive from Sydney airport and only a few minutes walk to the Circular Quay train station, the Four Seasons hotel is also remarkably close to the Bridge Street stop of Sydney’s newly opened Light Rail network.
A soothing palette of neutrals sets the stage for striking artworks and ocean-hued velvet armchairs in the hotel’s recently refurbished rooms and suites. There are spacious marbles ensuites, deep baths, comfortable beds and easy-to-use electronic blinds. But the star attraction is the sitting area right next to a large picture window, a feature in each of the rooms and suites, with mesmerising views of the Harbour City.
Food and drink
In addition to 24-hour rooms service, there’s the poolside Cabana where you can enjoy refreshing cocktails and quick bites, and Grain, the glamorous bar with a sensational menu of craft spirits and beers. For en elevated dining experience, make your way to Mode Kitchen & Bar where signature dishes range from 21-day-aged Coorong Angus T-bone to ocean-fresh kingfish sashimi. If you want to venture further afield, some of Sydney best restaurants – including Bistecca and Rosetta – are just a few minutes’ walk away.
For business travellers
The hotel boasts one of the most efficient concierge desks in Sydney, experienced event planners and a spate of meeting spaces – from small rooms where you can seal the deal to large ballrooms where you can raise a toast to new alliances.
For wellness travellers
There’s a 24-hour gym and a swimming pool – the largest outdoor heated pool in Sydney, but don’t forget to make an appointment at the independently owned Endota Spa, where wellness rituals range from relaxing massages to indulgent facials and foot treatments.
The fab factor
The complimentary evening drinks and canapés – complete with free-flowing Louis Roederer – at the hotel’s club lounge.
Best for: Luxury travellers
Number of rooms: 498 rooms and 33 suites
From: $290 per night
Wi-fi: Free and fast, but there’s also a premium option for $25 per night
Parking: Valet parking available for $69 per night
Address: 199 George Street, The Rock, Sydney
Telephone: +61 2 9250 3100