Room review: Crown Towers Sydney, what a stay in Australia’s first six-star hotel is like
That’s what happens when you throw money – and lots of it – into an old concrete container terminal.
Barangaroo, Sydney’s newest waterfront neighborhood that’s as good to talk about as it is to visit, has transformed a run-down industrial area into a gleaming swan.
And what a swan it is: Australia’s first six-star hotel, and Sydney’s tallest building, is the jewel in Barangaroo’s crown.
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Do you like grand and tastefully decorated OTT interiors? Then you will not be disappointed.
British architect Chris Wilkinson designed the hotel to be reminiscent of three twisting petals, and its gleaming exterior (composed of 8,000 individually cut glass panels) is sure to be worth some “Wows” upon approach.
The lobby reinforces the idea that you’re somewhere special, from miles of Italian marble to a huge crystal chandelier made up of individual glass “blades” set above the staircase.
There are 349 rooms, including 22 luxury villas.
Whatever your room number, there are views for days. My room offered Instagram-worthy views of the Opera House and, if I orientated myself correctly, Sydney’s famous skyline.
Interior decor excesses have been left out the door — rooms are all on a subtle but elegant palette of creams, grays, and a few pops of gold.
The real standout is the generous marble bathroom – the tub faces a small TV and you can see the bustling harbor as you bathe.
Easy-to-use bedside tablets control blinds, lighting and in-room dining options. Ten points for the Dyson hair dryer and the softest bathrobes I have ever encountered in a hotel. Toto’s blue Japanese toilet was a bit fancy but still fun.
The real spectacle is the fifth-floor infinity pool with what has to be one of the best views in the world. You can also grab a day bed or a private cabana.
Other amenities include a gym, tennis court, spa, sauna and Moroccan hammam and, for those Instagram-perfect shots, an 83-story sky deck above the iconic harbour.
Someone told me it would take at least a week to try each of the hotel’s 14 restaurants. While I can’t vouch for the accuracy of this number, I can tell you that there are A LOT of dining options.
This includes Nobu, the world’s 43rd outpost of the famous Japanese Peruvian restaurant, a’Mare, a northern Italian restaurant, and even a traditional Chinese teahouse.
But no matter where you eat, it’s a constant battle between focusing on the kai and the stunning views.
Worth going out
The Barangaroo compound includes a nature reserve, plenty of shops and restaurants, and a foreshore path that allows you to walk to Circular Quay. Or stroll around the CBD, The Rocks and Darling Harbour.
Wynyard station is a short walk away.
All. My room was so nice that during a long-awaited meeting with a Sydney friend from my days in London, she asked if we could meet in my room instead of going out. What we have done.
Probably the pool. And the general sense of opulence (but without the showy Dubai-style tackiness).
Plus, the concierges are some of the nicest people on the planet.
I have thought about it for a long time but I have nothing.
Someone once said that a hotel should be the home you wish you had. This is certainly true of my brief but wonderful stay at Crown Towers Sydney. Naturally, this level of luxury doesn’t come cheap (see below) and unless you’ve won the lottery, this is strictly a special occasion hotel.
Rooms start from around A$850 (NZ$940) per night. Crown Towers Sydney, 1 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney. See: crownsydney.com.au
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The writer was a guest at Crown Towers Sydney.