Our CBD is not like Melbourne’s. There you expect the laneways to be teeming with small bars and boutique hotels for a double dose of whimsy when you’re staying in the heart of the city. In Sydney it’s a different story, which is why it’s surprising that they’ve managed to create such an intimate feel at the new West Hotel Sydney, a boutique accommodation project from Hilton down amongst Barangaroo’s new towers.
There’s a vintage, botanical vibe, with lots of emerald greens, sapphire blues, velvet and art deco angles decorating the foyer and the Solander restaurant and bar that looks out onto Sussex Street. It doesn’t matter if the mercury is in the high 30s, the central atrium filled with lush greenery always has a breeze running through it so take your cocktail out there to cool off. Leave your swimmers at home because there’s no room for a pool, but there is a bright, clean gym with cardio equipment and mats. Of course the reason you book a hotel room right in the heart of the city is not to stay in and enjoy the king sized bed and giant TV: this hotel puts you right in the action. Barangraoo’s boardwalk of restaurants and bars is a short walk away; you can be down at Circular Quay in minutes; or up in the guts of Sydney’s cluster of cocktail bars near the QVB. This is the kind of hotel perfect for urban explorers: it’s an elegant, welcoming home base from which to see Sydney.
Time Out Tip: There’s a beautiful roof top bar at Barangaroo House that is extremely popular with the after work crowd, so sneak in a little earlier in the afternoon for prime seats with water views out over Darling Harbour.
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65 Sussex St