The hotel is a little off the beaten track (well, as off the beaten track you can get in central Sydney) but it means you are in what feels like a quiet, local neighbourhood. There's a couple of small restaurants & cafes at the end of the street that are more populated with locals than tourists. However you are only a 15 minute walk from Circular Quay through the Rocks.
The hotel itself is well decorated without being flash. The rooms are huge with a bathroom the size of some hotel bedrooms. A door shut off the bathroom and wardrobe area from the bedroom which meant we got no noise from the corridor even when we had a room close to the elevators. Beds were very comfortable.
We arrived, after a transpacific flight, mid-morning and while we couldn't get into our room had access to the beautiful pool area & spa so could relax down there, swim, shower and change clothes. The shower area isn't huge but the pool area is wonderfully soothing with it's star-studded ceiling.
There was only one computer in the business center, internet was an additional charge and there was no wi-fi in the lobby but that unfortunately seems to be an Australian standard.
Michael the head concierge was a fount of knowledge and more than helpful when we had an issue to deal with. Having left our problem with him we were confident it would be resolved while we got on with our vacation and it was.
The whole place is just solidly classy.
- 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