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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.