What makes a hotel great? Is it the view? Easy access to popular tourist sights? World-class food at your doorstep? It’s all these things (plus a few more) and The Star Grand Hotel ticks every box. A picturesque 20-minute walk to the heart of the city, just minutes from harbour side parkland, and with restaurants, the Lyric Theatre and boutique shopping only an elevator ride away from guest rooms, this recently refurbished hotel is one of Sydney’s premier destinations for a city-break.
In Pyrmont, just around the water from the Darling Harbour precinct, the hotel offers a peaceful break from the CBD and Circular Quay yet is only moments away from its biggest attractions (it’s a 30-minute walk to the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge).
After a refresh, the 309 rooms, suites and penthouses are luxurious, thoughtfully designed and comfortable. More elegant than cool or quirky, pale wood-look flooring, modern furniture and pops of bright accent colour combine to create the feeling of staying in an upmarket contemporary home. 400-thread-count linens, goose down quilts, marble bathrooms, De’Longhi coffee machines, wi-fi, television – and robes and slippers – are standard across all room categories.
Food and drink
Towering above one of Sydney’s best food courts, the hotel spoils guests with dining choice. Stay long enough to try Chase Kojima’s stellar contemporary Japanese at Sokyo (the Tuna Crispy Rice nigiri and Wagyu Flank Steak are sublime), the swish steak house specialties at BLACK Bar & Grill and seafood at recently relocated Sydney icon, Flying Fish. Din Tai Fung, Gelato Messina and other delicious grab-and-go options are also available on site.
For business travellers
An executive lounge and boardroom make The Star Grand an appealing option for business meetings and small conference groups. Both the 12-person boardroom – with wi-fi, LCD screen and conference phone, tea and coffee facilities and more – can be booked in advance for exclusive use. In addition, Star Suites feature comfortable workstations and high-speed wi-fi for those who prefer working from an in-room office.
For wellness travellers
The Darling Spa, within neighbouring sister hotel The Darling, is Sydney’s largest spa and Star Grand Hotel guests can book time in any of its eleven treatment rooms (and two couples’ suites), steam room, Jacuzzi and Moroccan Hammam. At the chic and tranquil facility practitioners use La Prairie skincare in an extensive range of facials, from The Caviar Essential facial to the Swiss Ice Crystal experience. The Star Grand has a pool and a fully equipped gym on Level 5.
The fab factor
The range of dining options at The Star Grand is second to none.
Best for: Business and leisure travellers looking to stay close to the CBD
Number of rooms: 309
Rates: From A$311
Wi-fi: Fast and free
Parking: In the Star Casino complex at a discounted rate for guests.
Address: 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
Phone: +61 2 9777 9000