Sitting in the heart of The Rocks, Shangri-La Hotel Sydney not only provides the perfect base to explore the city, it also boasts some of its most dramatic views. Inside the beautifully appointed guestrooms, there are contemporary furnishings, marble bathrooms and all the facilities travellers might need. Luxurious private spa suites, a health club featuring a gym, indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and sundeck, and notable dining options add to the hotel’s appeal. Arguably, the most beautiful panoramas can be found at the New-York inspired Blu Bar on 36 and the hotel can provide babysitting for those planning a night out without the kids.
The historic district of The Rocks mixes old with new; the cobblestoned laneways feature galleries, restaurants, bars and boutiques. Culture-lovers should make a beeline for the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia; gourmands will enjoy local, award-winning eateries, such as Saké Restaurant & Bar and Quay Restaurant. For adventurous palates, pubs like The Australian Heritage Hotel serve a unique selection of Aussie cuisine –how does emu, kangaroo and crocodile pizza sound?
176 Cumberland Street, Sydney; (02) 9250 6000