During our brief time in Sydney, we were staying at the prestigious Park Hyatt, which I believe to be the only hotel in all of Sydney with a direct, eye level view of the Sydney Opera House looking absolutely magnificent. It was probably the best hotel I've stayed in. That's a big statement to make, I know, but believe me when I say I cannot fault a thing. It blew Melbourne Park Hyatt out of the water, and even Tokyo's PH didn't quite match this one. Well, okay, maybe it was on a par with Tokyo. Two hotels of excellent standards.
We were led down an elegant, low-lit hallway to our room, where we were checked in and seen to that everything we needed was attended to, before being left to ourselves.
The room isn't particularly large, but it is luxurious - every piece of furniture and every item of decor is made of the highest quality woods, marble and cloth. No scuff marks or scratches to be seen here, just sophisticated, refined style.
The toilet is at the back of the room, private and separate, with a sink and toiletries of its own.
Le Labo Bergamote 22 toiletries are lined up (and generously replenished) in the bathroom.
Our mini terrace had the most beautiful view. Over and over, I'd be sitting in bed or brushing my teeth, glance out the window and feel my chest tighten with excitement. "Look!" we would randomly exclaim to each other. "It's the Sydney Opera House!" It never gets old. I wonder if Sydneysiders ever get sick of seeing it? I don't think I could.
Location: could it be much better? It's about a five to ten minute walk from Circular Quay, where you catch boats and water taxis to all the neighbouring islands - Manly, Darling Harbour, etc. It's also incredibly close to the train station, where you can catch a train and reach the airport in about fifteen minutes. That's the hotel, by the way, in the photo below, curling around the corner. Dining on the ground floor has a wonderfully picturesque view out onto the water, whether you're in the Living Room having coffee or afternoon tea, or having breakfast in the Dining Room.
On the rooftop, there is a splendid pool and jacuzzi area for guests. When we used it, unfortunately, the sun had mostly moved away and the area was in shadow, but it's pretty awesome relaxing up there and occasionally watching groups of people brave the Sydney Bridge Climb up above.
Views from up there are pretty cool, too, of the hotel itself, the city, and the Opera House:
Service was pretty much faultless. Even when little errors were made here or there, the staff would meaningfully apologise and rectify them immediately, fuss-free. Staff were friendly and helpful, and some were quite outgoing and talkative, which made for a more enjoyable experience interacting with them. The food, although we only ate the breakfast buffet and ordered a few items off the breakfast a la carte menu, was delicious. What a great buffet spread. Plus, they had actual ceiling-high fridges stocked with food to ensure cold products stayed cold. If only every hotel had them!
The view, as you by now know, is unparalleled - a straight on, uninterrupted view of the Opera House in all its glory; beautiful boats of all shapes and sizes peacefully sailing by. Most importantly, returning to the Park Hyatt at the end of a long day of exploring offers an exceptional sense of comfort, like being at home (given, a super fancy version of home, but home nonetheless). What more could one want?