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Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour

For over two decades, other Australian hotels have tried to reach the heights of luxury found here.
By Andrew Zuccala
September 29, 2022
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By Andrew Zuccala
September 29, 2022
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This 590-room five-star haven was Sydney's very first luxury hotel built in the CBD. And it has never fallen behind the pack, constantly setting the standard for all new hotels in the area. It is a true Sydney institution — for overnight stays, pampering and dining. There was never a doubt about it, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour is one of the very best hotels in Sydney.

First off, the rooms. Spread over 35 floors in one of Darling Harbour's tallest buildings, guests enjoy all the latest tech and contemporary design with sleek French touches. In keeping with the global Sofitel aesthetic principles, the rooms are classically designed but they never feel old or outdated — much of this is thanks to the regular updates to ensure it never gets tired or underwhelming.

And while their spa won't open up until 2023, they still have plenty of ways to relax — none better than taking a dip in the infinity pool overlooking the harbour. And while the luxe spa facility gets a makeover, spa-like options exist in your own room.

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Food and drink wise, you'll be sorted too. Visit their French-inspired grill combining French flavours with locally sourced produce at Atelier, order a poolside cocktail at Le Rivage Pool Bar, take in the sunset at award-winning Champagne Bar or grab a coffee & croissant at the Esprit Noir Lobby Bar on Sundays. It's clear why Sofitel Sydney continues to be one of the most reliably good hotels in Australia.

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