There are few bigger hotel brands in the world than Hilton and with that name recognition comes high expectations. Hilton Sydney, in the thick of the CBD on George Street, doesn’t disappoint. After a recent refresh of all guest rooms and suites, the hotel feels modern and user-friendly, an ideal stay for business travellers, weekenders and those looking for a longer-term home away from home. With a world-class restaurant, bars for every mood, the country’s biggest hotel gym and a location fit for shoppers, sightseers, wheelers and dealers alike, Hilton Sydney delivers on the promise of its internationally-renowned name – and then some.
Right in the heart of the CBD, accessible via George street on one side and Pitt street on the other, the hotel is ideally placed for shopping, sightseeing and transport links. The heritage Queen Victoria Building is across the road, it’s an easy 20-minute walk to Circular Quay, and major department stores David Jones, Myer and Westfield Sydney are just blocks away. A cab or ride share will get you to Sydney Airport in about 20 minutes.
All 587 rooms and suites were redesigned and relaunched in early 2021 and the result is a clean, contemporary aesthetic. There are smart TVs, cloud-like beds and elegant furnishings you’d expect from the brand but wood paneling, a neutral colour palette and space-maximising layouts make each space feel homey and comfortable for a single night or longer stay. The new family room category offers two adjoining rooms for those travelling with kids or friends, while corner rooms have an extra window and boast the most expansive views of the city skyline.
Food and drink
Glass Brasserie (pictured above) is now as much a Sydney restaurant as it is a hotel restaurant, with locals dining regularly alongside guests. On the Hilton’s second floor, the classically styled space has a wall of glass that offers a unique perspective on George Street – looking down on the new tramline that runs through the city centre, and across the road at the intricate detail of the Queen Victoria Building’s sandstone façade. The menu is European influenced, with fresh oysters or Beluga caviar to start, and mains from the grill such as a barbeque spatchcock with cauliflower, miso and mustard sauce and, if it’s the market pick, a hefty one kilogram-plus T-bone steak served with truffle mash and red cabbage. For dessert you can’t skip the house special liquorice meringue roll with lime and mint – nothing like the rubber-bullet liquorice that many people turn their noses up, it is subtle, light and irresistible. The hotel has two bars – Zeta Bar on level 4 and Marble Bar below street level – the former a bright, contemporary space with outdoor terrace, the latter an old-school Heritage-listed den with moody lighting, leather Chesterfield sofas, brass and marble accents and classic cocktails.
For business travellers
With 28 flexible meeting rooms, in-house AV by Encore Technologies and multiple exhibition and conference spaces, Hilton Sydney’s business credentials are as well suited to corporate travel as its CBD location. All rooms have desks, phones, smart TVs and wi-fi connectivity.
For wellness travellers
If the largest hotel gym in Australia doesn’t appeal (that’s okay, you’re on holidays), the indoor pool offers a low-key workout. Alysium Day Spa has a menu of massages – from hot stone to remedial – and a unique jetlag treatment in which aromatherapy oil blends and massage techniques are used to rebalance and rejuvenate the body and mind after a long flight. Enjoy time in the spa and sauna before or after your treatment.
The fab factor
The hotel’s upper floors reveal a glimpse of high-rise patios and gardens you’d never see from street level.
Best for: Business travellers and family city stays
Number of rooms: 547 rooms; 40 suites
From: $209 per night
Wi-fi: Complimentary for Hilton Honors members (free to join)
Parking: Valet is available for $83 per day
Address: 488 George Street, Sydney
Phone: +61 2 9266 2000