Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Add: 199 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Tel: 61 (2) 9250-3100
Visited on: 2012-04
When my friend and I walked in to our Grand Premier Full Harbour View Room at Four Seasons Sydney, we nodded in agreement: We liked what we saw. The 53 sq. meter open-plan space includes a lounge area, an oversized bed, a generous executive business station, and – let’s not forget this – views overlooking Sydney Harbour and the Opera House. Ah yes, we could stay here for a while.
As is typical with Four Seasons Hotels, the room is classically and comfortably furnished. Amenities-wise, everything you need is here – the 42-inch flat screen TV, the DVD players, the iPod dock, the wireless (not free though), mini-bar with coffee machines, etc. Here’s our large bed with down pillows and comforters – a good night’s sleep guaranteed.
A work station that business travelers would love.
The marble-clad bathroom is also very spacious (the picture below does not do it justice) and features L’Occitane toiletries – one of my favorite things to see in hotel bathrooms.
On the coffee table sat a welcome note and some very thoughtful gifts – two bottles of jetlag recovery spray/gel and a tin box of T2 ginger lemongrass tea. The hotel staff was probably under the impression that we were flying straight from Shanghai, and prepared these to help us relax and settle in. We actually just came from Melbourne, but appreciated this gesture anyway (I ended up taking these bottles back to Shanghai and put them to good use).
The view, even more mesmerizing after dark. As you can see from this picture, Four Seasons is conveniently located near The Rocks, and everything from the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge are within easy access. It’s a perfect place to stay if you plan on being out late in the area, sipping drinks while listening to live jazz in the evening breeze.
In the morning, breakfast is served in the Executive Club Lounge (or downstairs at Kable’s if you are not part of the Executive Club), which features a small but sufficient buffet, with an on-site chef to conjure up made-to-order dishes.
Four Seasons Sydney appears a bit dated compared to some of the newer hotels I’ve been to recently, but the rooms are comfortably furnished, and its friendly staff helped make the stay extra smooth. If you need more reassurance, go to Tripadvisor to take a look at why more than 1000 reviewers gave this hotel a thumbs up. There are also other facilities like the outdoor pool and the day spa which we didn’t have a chance to utilize, but if soaking up some sun by the pool side and getting a facial or body wrap is your thing, these might be worth checking out.