With more than 100 rooms, West Hotel Sydney (part of the Curio Collection by Hilton) might not be considered boutique in size but in name it has all the hallmarks of a smaller establishment. Stylish design details and thoughtfully selected offerings combine with the best traits of a large hotel: great value accommodation and effortless service.
Suited to business travellers and convention delegates who want convenient but boutique lodgings and holidaymakers who want to be close to all the action.
The striking facade of West Hotel gives way to an impressive glass-topped entranceway that leads guests past Solander Dining and Bar and a lush greenery-filled atrium (an ideal spot for breakfast) to check-in desks backed by a botanical-themed mural – a recurring motif throughout the property. You won’t find a fancy pool or day spa but guests do have access to a 24-hour gym and meeting facilities. Rooms are a little on the small side but all are tech-savvy and the service is attentive and friendly.
Located behind King Street Wharf, West Hotel Sydney is right in the middle of the CBD within 10 minutes’ walk of the retail mecca of Pitt Street Mall to the east, top-notch dining at Barangaroo to the north and the historic Queen Victoria Building to the south – it’s another 10 minutes to ICC Sydney and Darling Harbour. Driving from the airport should take no more than 20 minutes off-peak but Wynyard Station is less than five minutes’ walk if you prefer to catch the train.
Modern, on-trend rooms feature smoky-tinted glass, jewel-toned velvets and warm timber tones with sleek marble and tile bathrooms. There are charging ports, Bluetooth speakers and large-screen smart TVs, plus capsule coffee machines with eco-friendly Pod & Parcel pods. There’s no booze in the mini-bar but the bottled water and snacks are free and there’s a full in-room dining menu. All rooms feature king-sized beds (or twin king singles). Ask for a courtyard-facing Acacia Guest Room or, for views towards Barangaroo, opt for Waratah Premium Rooms on floors seven and eight. There are four suites, each with parquetry flooring, separate living room with plush velvet sofa, larger bathroom with deep, freestanding tub and walk-in shower and an upgrade to super-soft Bemboka robes and Kevin Murphy toiletries.
Food and drink
Solander Dining and Bar has street frontage but the vibe on this side of the windows is all soothing dimmed lighting, glossy deep-green walls and peacock-blue velvet upholstered loveseats. Stop at the bar for a signature cocktail – each has a botanical twist inspired by the restaurant’s namesake, 18th century Swedish naturalist Daniel Solander. In the restaurant, chef David Vandenabeele highlights contemporary Australian cuisine with native produce, from banksia nectar to Illawarra plums, on an ever-changing seasonal menu which features a version of his signature broth. Breakfast is an impressive buffet: in addition to the usual suspects there’s rice pudding and pikelets with Pepe Saya butter and fresh honeycomb.
For business traveller
There’s a desk and chair in every room, as well as fast, free wifi (simply sign up to the Hilton Honours program if you’re not already a member). The Telopea Room, equipped with wireless AV equipment, looks out over the greenery of the atrium and can accommodate up to 50 for presentations and conferences; it doubles as a private dining space.
For wellness traveller
Open 24 hours, the hotel gym is small but has all of the essentials including a cross-trainer, free weights and a stationary bike. There’s great natural light from windows at each end and there are plenty of complimentary towels and filtered water.
The fab factor
The lush garden in the atrium is the hotel’s best-kept secret: accessible from the bar or the main restaurant, you’ll find bar and table seating plus benches. Take advantage of the sunshine during the day and eat or work outside or enjoy drinks in the evening under the outdoor lights.
Number of rooms: 178, plus four suites
Rates from: $265 a night
Wi-fi: Free if you’re a Hilton Honours member
Parking: Available for a fee at Wilson Parking across the road
Address: 65 Sussex Street, Sydney
Telephone: +61 2 8297 6500