The Park Hyatt Sydney is arguably the best hotel in the Sydney – it can certainly claim to have the position for wow-factor, sandwiched between the two Sydney icons on Circular Quay, underneath the Harbour Bridge and opposite the Opera House.
It’s been closed for most of 2011 and was due to reopen in December. This was pushed back until February, and in March it opened fully for guests. The interiors of the hotel were completely gutted and many floors were reconfigured, with revised spa, conference and dining areas.
The Park Hyatt also claims the largest guest rooms in Sydney, as well as the only rooms with floor to ceiling glass doors and accompanying balconies.
Earlier this month I arranged for the Park Hyatt Sydney to give me a brief look around at the new hotel interior, designed by BARstudio.
The location, as I said before, is plain iconic. You can’t get better in Sydney. I approached Circular Quay on one of the many Sydney ferries that arrive their throughout the day. The Park Hyatt building is the right-most building.
It’s situated almost directly underneath the Harbour Bridge, opposite the Opera House.
The main entrance if you arrive by taxi or transfer is at the rear of the building. As I was on foot, I took a look around the front, where the dining room, restaurant and guest rooms overlook the Quay.
Breakfast here on a sunny day would be pretty stunning, as the full height doors of the dining room open to allow the sound of the waves breaking underneath.
Looking up, you can see the guest rooms with the previously mentioned balconies.
The smaller, front entrance is behind this wooden screen.
I was greeted and led through past the restaurant to the Lobby by some beaming staff. The reconfiguration allowed them to open this space up for nicer coffee and lunching. The Hotel Reception is behind the screen on the right.
I was shown up to my tour of the Opera Deluxe Room. If you’re interested in staying here, I outline the going rate in $ and points at the end of this post.
The room opened up with a small bathroom immediately on the right, wardrobes to the left and led to the master bathroom, seating area and bedroom.
The view, as you’d expect, was pretty amazing – this is what you’d see when sitting down to watch TV.
The sitting area was nicely laid out, with couches, a coffee table and a small dining table.
There were three small balcony areas, extending one each from the dining area, sitting area and bedroom.
In reality, the space spreading across the three areas is not massive, but the room is a decent size for a non-suite at a claimed 75 sq metres (but, to me at least, it didn’t feel this big).
The master bathroom is opened up to the rest of the room, meaning you sit in the bath and enjoy the view out to the Opera House and beyond.
There’s also a large walk in shower.
In terms of other amenities, the wall near the dining table sported a multimedia control panel and acts as a charging station for your devices.
One large mirrored panel opened to reveal the minibar and coffee/tea making facilities.
This room felt pretty special. It felt like it was designed with the guests need in mind, and definitely capitalised on the location and the view. Without staying here though, it’s hard to judge – and of course, a stay can be made or break by service, and a human touch (or lack of).
Downstairs, there’s the hotel bar…
And I couldn’t take many pictures of the Dining room as it was full of guests, but did manage to grab this view of the corner table…
There’s also the rooftop pool. Now, I’ve walked over the Harbour Bridge a few times on hot days, and looked down at this pool with envy. I’d love to spend some time here!
Rates for the Park Hyatt Sydney start at $745 for the 45 sq metre City Harbour King room, working their way up to $1150 for this Opera Deluxe King.
There are a range of Suites, from the 72 sq metre Cove Suite up to the 350 sq metre Sydney suite, with multiple bedrooms for your entourage, and coming in at $16,000 a night.
Park Hyatt Sydney & Gold Passport
For Gold Passport members this has to be one of the more lucrative redemption options, given that rooms are expensive at regular rates. Unfortunately the Park Hyatt Sydney doesn’t offer the ability for Diamond members to use their suite upgrade certificates, or redeem for suite awards – outright or upgrades, due to the limited number of suites on offer.
The hotel confirmed that as there’s no club lounge, Diamond members do receive a full breakfast for two instead; and are also upgraded to the best non-suite room available at the time of arrival.
If you have stayed or are intending to stay at the PH Sydney, would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.