Four Seasons Hotel Sydney is one of the oldest hotels in Sydney, yet still one of the best.
The hotel’s location is excellent – right in the heart of the city at the Rocks and just stone’s throw away from the sparkling water of glorious Sydney Harbour. This means the ferry terminal, Sydney Opera House and the CBD are just moments away.
The Four Seasons brand in Asia is normally associated with utmost luxury and unsurpassed quality. It is a little different in Sydney as the actual hotel is quite old but it is still a very comfortable base for exploring Sydney.
The hotel’s lobby and some of the common areas feel a little dated but the suite we stayed in was excellent.
This time we travelled as a family. We arrived in the evening after a 24 hr flight from Europe and the check in was very speedy. It was also a pleasant touch to be welcomed by name by the dedicated greeter in the lobby and the check in was very speedy.
After we got our keys we headed off to the club lounge for a quiet drink to relax after the long trip and, I have to say, it is one of the nicest lounges I have been to in Sydney. It is sophisticated and peaceful with only a few tables and few guests. Everyone was nicely dressed and the atmosphere was very elegant. Guests were there to enjoy a pre-dinner drink and the beautiful view. This quickly became our favourite part of the day!
The Harbour View Executive Suite we booked (rates start from $725 per night) was an excellent choice for a family.
The views onto the Opera House and the Harbour are spectacular – especially if you are lucky enough to be to staying when the fireworks are on. The functional layout and furniture in the room also make it a perfect home away from home for a small family.
We were pleasantly surprised that the 3-seater plush sofa in the living room turned into a double bed at night. It was so much better than having roll away beds for the children as they look messy and take away the nice vibe of a suite. The kids were comfortable at night and during the day we had a perfectly made up luxurious suite.
Other features: We had an en-suite with a separate bath (older style and a little on the small side) and shower as well as a powder room which is always a nice touch in a suite.
Breakfast at ‘The Woods” – was very good and indeed lived up to its 5 star promise. Fresh juices, nice ripe fruit, and an omelette station were nice touches. The only negative is that the restaurant is located quite close to the entrance and is cold so dress warmly. It would be nice if the hotel could find a way to make the restaurant a little warmer – it would add to the cozy atmosphere.
Facilities – The Four Seasons Hotel Sydney has a small outdoor pool which is a good addition for the hot summer months (December to February) and a Spa. The Spa is managed by a different group and the service was a little disappointing.
The Four Seasons Hotel Sydney is an excellent base for exploring the beauty of Sydney.
The executive suites are perfect for a family of four.
We had a great time and we do recommend The Four Seasons to families in search of luxury in Sydney.