Trailing the metropolis: Luxury hotels in Sydney for the chic traveler

An aerial view of Sydney's pretty cityscape. Source: Shutterstock

TAKE a respite from Sydney’s hurried pace with a stay in a luxury hotel – it’s rather nice to be pampered by plush bedding and a grand breakfast spread before you rush out into the bustling metropolis.

As a bonus, Sydney is a staggeringly pretty city owing to its setting by the harbor. Picture-perfect are its skyline of skyscrapers and the stark blue waters of its busy waterways, as well as its sun-splashed shorelines and eclectic range of trendy waterfront eateries.

Here are three hotels in the city to help you make the most of a trip to the iconic city.

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel

In the heart of the city’s central business district, where charming heritage buildings nestle within towering neoteric structures, lies the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel. Courtesy of a recent AUD$13.5 million (US$10.2 million) redesign, it’s one of the most desirable five-star hotels in the city.

This dual appeal is reflected in its newly modernized interior and facilities that tick all the right boxes whether guests are staying for just the night, a weekend or longer. The revamped rooms have a clean, contemporary elegance, yet subtle details make them anything but ordinary. A soothing blue and gray color scheme is enhanced with metallic accents and flourishes of silk.

Meanwhile, marble vanity units, walk-in showers, and extra-deep bathtubs complement the generously proportioned ensuite bathrooms. Comfort and convenience are a priority at the hotel, so expect perks like complimentary internet access, a choice of pillows, personalized wake-up calls, and late check-out if needed.

Corporate travelers staying in the well-equipped Business Class Rooms on the 10th floor will also get access to the exclusive Business Class Lounge and its impressive list of benefits – hot breakfast buffet, day-long refreshments, evening canapés and drinks, concierge service, and express check-out. Read more…

Intercontinental Sydney Double Bay

Away from the thriving waterfront and in the eastern suburb village of Double Bay is this stunning five-star operation with panoramic views of the yacht-lined bay. A stay here is akin to a stay in a private holiday home with balconies overlooking French provincial courtyards.

All 140 rooms let in plenty of natural light, and expectedly, pleasant views abound regardless of room category. The Bayside Room looks out to sparkling vistas of water and comes with your own private balcony with café-style tables and chairs from where to soak in the views (and sun).

Business travelers can opt for the Executive Suite featuring lofty windows that open to tree-lined streets and a row of trendy cafés, boutiques and galleries. Guests also get access to the Club InterContinental lounge, a plush executive lounge with informal meeting spaces and complimentary snacks.

For a distinctly modern Australian meal, Stockroom is a showcase of Australia’s stellar produce and premium seafood. Sit down to elegant dishes such as Hervey Bay scallops with celeriac and juniper berries, Mandagery Creek venison with baby cabbage and smoked bacon, and dark chocolate mille feuille with Murray river salted caramel.

QT Bondi

This eclectic property along Bondi Beach is the epitome of “chic beachside glamour”. The designer hotel featuring high-end hotel apartments allows for mingling with young, hip urbanites, perfect if you want to “be seen” with the right crowd.

The brand claims to be know the neighborhood well, and it takes pride in curating a stay for you that takes advantage of the area’s cafés, bars, restaurants, galleries, and boutiques. Whether you’re partaking in a cold brew at a stylish café, beachside yoga, or browsing high-quality threads at a local boutique, you’ll never run out of things to do.

Back at the hotel, art is taken seriously with the in-house digital gallery as testament. Guests can immerse themselves in mesmerizing digital videos by Aussie artists Shaun Gladwell and Dean Tirkot projected on the walls, as well as lively photographic collages displayed in wood panels.

All 69 spacious studios and apartments – designed by renowned Aussie designer Nic Graham – are a playful clash of colors and art, further cementing its appeal to millennial travelers. The QT Gould Suites are spacious, one-bedroom apartments with city-view balconies and a kitchenette, ideal if traveling with a group of friends.

*Some of the properties featured in this article are commercial partners of Travel Wire Asia