As a five star Orient Express hotel, one expects the Observatory Hotel to be superlative and luxurious - which it is. Fluffy towels, Peter Morrisey toiletries, fabulous linen, comfy beds, heated towel rails - it's all there and then some.
We were upgraded to a Junior Suite which was spacious and comfortable.
But it was the little extras that delighted and made this a special occasion.
Yes, there was the high tech iPod dock/digital alarm clock - but there was also the little analogue, battery operated alarm clock by the bed for those who get nervous if they have an early morning wake up. A plate of fruit in the room for snacking on.
Night time turn down service includes fresh towels, toiletries and bottled water left by the bed. The paintings on the walls are not prints but lovely original sketches and watercolors.
The staff are more than efficient but welcoming, friendly and accommodating - no request is too much trouble.
The library, bar and drawing rooms in the public areas give the hotel a 'clubby' atmosphere rather than the cold corporate feel of so many larger hotels.
A wonderful experience - but don't stay there if you are expecting a harbor view - the water view is of Darling Harbor - lovely, but obscured in the morning for us by a large cruise liner.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Join us at Sydney's most exclusive harbourside address, The Langham, Sydney. Nestled in the historic rocks district, on famous Kent Street, this beautiful five star retreat has recently undergone a grand transformation, now boasting the largest guestrooms in the city. All rooms and suites feature opening windows, Juliette balconies and/or signature terraces, with the focus remaining on a grand residence experience for guests. Kent Street enjoys seclusion and privacy, whilst being a five minute stroll through The Rocks to The CBD; and all of Sydney's iconic locations. Our signature Pink Taxi is onsite to deliver you to any appointment you need within the CBD, with compliments. Guests are treated to Western Harbour views across White Bay or a stunning city skyline outlook across Sydney. Our global partner, Wedgwood, joins us for Afternoon Tea hosted in opulent Palm Court. Channelling pure sophistication, indulge in harbourside views, light drenched spaces and ambience jazz playing. As the sun sets over Palm Court Bar, jazz and mixology come together to create a gastronomical tasting experience like no other. The hotel is also host to Sydney dining hotspot "Kent Street Kitchen" led by internationally acclaimed Executive Chef, Thomas Heinrich. Delivering old world techniques combined with modern sophistication, everything in European chic can be anticipated. Featuring one of Sydney's most beautiful Chef's Table, three metres of white marble flanked by high back salmon chairs, Thomas Heinrich welcomes you to his personal table, positioned in the middle of the restaurant. The Day Spa at The Langham, Sydney continues to offer relaxation and luxury at the highest level when it comes to personal escape. Our newly designed and extended spa features facials, massages advanced skin care from German beauty pioneers, BABOR, exclusive Blue Mountains based IKOU and new partner, Aromatherapy Associates. The Langham, Sydney's renowned 20m indoor pool, voted Sydney's #1 hotel pool experience, features a star-dappled sky ceiling, meaning guests can swim under the stars, any time of the day or night. With a strong focus on luxury local experiences; The Langham, Sydney also offers private butler tennis afternoons, elegant boxed take-away picnics, unique terrace dinners, cocktail tasting experiences and local touring options for a luxury clientele. Modern Luxury and attention to detail, like Sydney has never experienced. Please, join us. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Observatory Hotel Sydney