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[Sydney] Park Hyatt Afternoon Tea + Hotel Tour

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Park Hyatt Sydney

Add: 7 Hickson Road, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
Tel: +61 2 9256 1234
Visited on: 2012-04

After 11 months of closing and a multimillion-dollar renovation, Park Hyatt reopened in March 2012 – just in time for my visit ;). The exterior remained unchanged, but everything inside has been torn down and rebuilt in a contemporary yet relaxing style. Think natural colors, sandstone walls, raw materials, and wooden sculptures. Location? The tip of Sydney Cove, with the Harbour Bridge on one side, the Opera House in front, and The Rocks on the other – the best in Sydney, hands down. Well then, let’s take a tour!

We first dropped by The Living Room, a residential lounge employing natural fabrics, timber flooring, sunlit-drenched lounges, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, and – of course – a view of the glittering harbor.

The relaxing space is perfect for a champagne afternoon tea (59 AUD/set), which includes a selection of savory and sweet tidbits, along with tea and a glass of NV Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial Rosé. Also available without champagne for 39 AUD/set.

First, the savories: cucumber sandwich, smoked salmon herb crepe roll, roast beef horseradish tortilla roll, king crab finger sandwich.

The sweets: mango passion fruit tart and Valrhona chocolate cake.

Pistachio macaron and strawberry profiterole.

Scones, served with clotted cream and jam.

Looking for a bubbly afternoon? You’ve got it.

NV Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial Rosé.

The view.

Now, a tour of the hotel. A unique characteristic of Park Hyatt is the abundance of commissioned artworks on display, from the lobby to guest corridors, rooms to suites, private dining rooms, event spaces and restaurant and bar. The selection ranges from photography to sculpture, all reflecting features specific to the Australian landscape.

Right next to The Living Room is The Bar, which serves a selection of fine beverages and light fare. Warm interior, intimate seating, luxurious appointments and mood lighting.

Next is The Dining Room, which, with its coveted harbor front location, offers the most spectacular views across Sydney Opera House. What it serves: contemporary Australian-inspired menu featuring local produce and authentic flavors. More details here.

The Gallery is a meeting space that can accommodate up to 120 guests, with the flexibility of dividing into three intimate event spaces, or one large venue.

The Guest House, located on the very edge of Sydney Harbor with uninterrupted views of the Opera House, is a space with exclusive presentation kitchen coupled with a private outdoor terrace – ideal for a private party.

We then headed upstairs to check out the rooftop with heated swimming pool, private sun-deck, and cabanas. Panoramic views of the city skyline and Sydney Harbour while relaxing poolside? Yes, please!

And finally, the guests rooms. Starting at a spacious 40sqm, the interiors are residential in style and reflect a natural feel with rich layers of chocolate, cream and beige hues. Luxurious new furnishings & fittings, naturally-textured fabrics, subtle plush carpets, designer lighting and the latest technology feature throughout!

I especially loved the floor-to-ceiling glass doors design that open onto private balconies. It really creates a unique indoor-outdoor experience that allows guests to take full advantage of Park Hyatt’s prime waterfront location.

Bathrooms can remain private from the main bedroom, or be transformed into an open plan design. Yes, you can take a shower with Sydney Opera House as the backdrop. Appointments include a dual vanity, wet area with rain shower, deep bath tub and a separate powder room with a heated ‘Toto’ toilet with built-in bidet.

The most expensive room at Park Hyatt is the 350sqm Sydney Suite, which will set you back $16,000 a night (it has a two-night minimum stay). So, what do you think? Ready to splurge?
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August 12th, 2012 at 10:37 pm