Hotel Review: Four Seasons Sydney

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The view from my room

THE BUZZ  Sydney’s hotel scene has been coasting along on autopilot for most of this decade, so it was welcome news when the Four Seasons revamped last year. With 531 rooms and suites, this is by far the largest property (originally a Regent) in the brand’s global portfolio, making it feel less intimate than a typical Four Seasons. But that’s OK. There’s a brilliant new sparkle in the lobby thanks to seven massive Le Labo Bubble chandeliers from Paris. And if you really want intimacy, the new spa is tiny but decadent.

THE ROOMS  Revamped rooms and suites are swathed in luxurious textures in shades of brown and blue, with highly polished zebrawood accents and ultra-plush beds. From my corner room on the 20th floor, the breathtaking view spans the iconic skyline from the Harbour Bridge to the Opera House. The massive TV—hooked up to a Bose theater system—is almost as wide as the king-sized bed. Serious blackout curtains keep the room pitch-black until the room service attendant arrives with a pot of strong coffee at precisely the requested time. 

THE VERDICT  This is quintessential Four Seasons with a refreshingly modern spirit. The location in The Rocks offers easy access to Sydney’s best dining, shopping and sightseeing. And the service throughout—front desk, concierge, spa, club level, poolside—proves exemplary at every turn. Rates from $299; 199 George St., +61.2.9250.3100, fourseasons.com/sydney  

Four Seasons Sydney skyline photo by Peter Mealin; Four Seasons photo by Ken Seet

 

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