All that glitters in Circular dock is at your fingertips from this uber-luxury institution.
The property offers fully equipped apartment-style suites, fine dining and one of Sydney’s hottest new bars, and hosts spectacular views of Sydney Harbour, The Harbour Bridge, and The Opera House.
It backs on to the main promenade of Circular Quay and is footsteps away from The Sydney Opera House, The Royal Botanic Gardens and the Harbour Bridge. High-end restaurants and shopping are at your doorstep and buses, ferries and trains leave from Circular Quay to all destinations around town. In the immortal (and modified) words of Carly Simon, you need to walk into this hotel like you are walking onto a yacht. Everything sparkles, from the marble floors to the enormous dandelion-shaped light fittings and of course Sydney harbor, seen through the floor-to-ceiling windows. The rooms are not as ethereal, and more masculine in their color scheme, with charcoal carpets and couches offset by gold soft furnishings. Service is polished, polite and impeccable – there are no laid back attitudes here.
There is a sleek, heated indoor pool with a 24-hour gym, a sauna and a sun deck with floor to ceiling views (reclining back from this position, you’ll feel like one of the lucky ones). The 24-hour room service, valet grocery, and shopping services and free Wi-Fi will add to the feeling.
Every suite is apartment style and comes equipped with everything you need to live comfortably in Sydney during your stay: a full kitchen and laundry, ample cupboard space and extra storage, a private bedroom with king-size bed, terrace and separate lounge and dining areas. There is plenty of room to settle in and spread out.
The enormous marble bathrooms all come with separate spa baths and amenities by luxury brand C.O. Bigelow. Guest can choose from a Garden View room or a Harbour Room, depending on whether you want a blue or a green outlook; both are magnificent.
Service at Q Dining, a fine-dining establishment overlooking the harbor and the bridge, is fluid and pre-emptive. Breakfast is à la carte and not a run of the mill offering. Sure, you can order pancakes but you can also get kangaroo ragout with your fried egg, or muesli that’s been toasted in-house. Or if you’re planning to take in some calories before burning them off, you could start your day with cinnamon churros and warm chocolate.
Dinner is a glamorous affair, with plenty of options if you’re interested in tasting some of the local seafood. Sydney Rock oysters are plump and sweet and served with verjus mignonette and the ocean trout with ricotta, confit cuttlefish and fennel is a dish to mention in the postcards you send back home.
The in-house cocktail bar, Hacienda, has become a favorite go-to for CBD locals. It might have something to do with the audacious fit-out that features parquetry flooring, vine-covered ceilings, pink leather lounges, and a mahogany wood paneled bar.
Or it could be the Cuban inspired cocktails – try the Tropical Sour made with banana infused pisco, Tio Pepe, lemon, honey, and egg white. Perhaps it’s the floor-to-ceiling views of one of the world’s most famous harbors… Either way, it’s one of the best places in Sydney to grab a drink.