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Park Hyatt Sydney

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Sydney has a wide variety of all brands of hotels, and when we were deciding where to stay for our trip, we looked at all the usual suspects and brands in the area – Four Seasons, Shangri-La, etc, as well as a variety of recommended boutique hotels (which unfortunately for cranky us, all seemed to be above nightclubs). Over and over again though, we were told the best hotel in Sydney by a wide margin, was the Park Hyatt Sydney. So when we touched down in Sydney in the early morning, that was where we were headed!

One of the frequently mentioned details about Park Hyatt is its amazing location in Sydney – right on the waterfront, with views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. This was our first look at the hotel.

Park Hyatt Sydney Entrance

The lobby lounge area on the first floor was brightly lit with huge windows to show off the view. In the morning there were always some juices, coffee and pastries set up in the lounge – I assume that this was to provide a small complimentary breakfast to all guests.

Park Hyatt Sydney Lobby Lounge

We were quickly taken to our room, where check-in was performed in the room (always preferred). We were in an Opera View Deluxe room, which I’d highly recommend. Lots of light, and very bright.

The mini bar was nicely tucked away behind a door – I thought it was quite a pretty way to integrate it. I was especially happy to see a fully functioning kettle (metal, not plastic, which drives me crazy to see) and a teapot as well. And of course there was complimentary Nespresso!

Park Hyatt Sydney Opera View Room

The room was quite bright so we had the sheer shades pulled down (there was another set of blackout shades used for when we went to sleep). But right outside was this spectacular view of Sydney Opera House, which you could also enjoy from an outdoor balcony!

Park Hyatt Sydney View Opera House

To the left was another fantastic view – Harbour Bridge.

Park Hyatt Sydney Bridge View

All right, now back to the room. More specifically, the bathroom. I loved the tub, which could look directly into the bedroom, and through the windows towards the Opera House view. So relaxing. There was a separate rainfall shower, and of course I had to include a photo of the Toto toilet! Why can’t I get heated seats at home?

Park Hyatt Sydney Bathroom

And of course, the bathroom toiletries. I was happy to see Le Labo and the Bergamote 22 fragrance was great. It would have been even cooler if there were toiletries from a local Australian brand! I thought the way that the comb, sewing kit, shower cap, etc were arranged was very neat and reminiscent of Tetris.

Park Hyatt Sydney Toiletries

Overall, we were very happy with our room. I would say that it would be the perfect size for any couple, and you wouldn’t run out of space. A family with one very young child could probably use the same room, but anything more and I might recommend a suite.

I should mention that our trip to Australia was actually a little gift to myself for my birthday. 2014 has been a year of highs and lows. I was really happy to get away and relax…the hotel noticed on my ID that it was close to my birthday, and they sent up this cake almost right after we finished check-in.

Each night, there was also a turndown treat to eat! These were pretty big and almost a full course dessert in themselves, quite honestly.

Park Hyatt Sydney Room Treats

On the topic of food – each morning, we had breakfast downstairs in the lobby restaurant. It was a huge space with views over the water (though there was usually a huge cruise ship obstructing some views of the Opera House). It didn’t bother me and I still loved looking outside.

The breakfast each day was a very nice buffet, with the option to order additional food from a menu. The items in the buffet were quite yummy and there were new treats each day, such as a croissant custard raisin treat!

Park Hyatt Sydney Breakfast Foods

The buffet area also had my dream household item – a transparent fridge! I love these so much. I know exactly one person with one of these (not counting Yolanda from the Real Housewives, of course), and I stare for minutes and minutes on end.

Park Hyatt Sydney Breakfast Clear Fridge

Since we were on vacation and love breakfast, of course we also added ordered items each day. My favorite two items were a corned beef hash with poached eggs (oh so good), and french toast with berries and carmelized bananas.

Park Hyatt Sydney Breakfast

Overall, we were very happy with our stay at the Park Hyatt Sydney. The property is priced quite a bit higher than other luxury hotels in the area (to the tune of almost 3X more), but if you are willing to pay more for an improved experience, I’d definitely recommend a stay here – especially for a first time visitor to Sydney. The location is perfect.

  • Positives: A gorgeous location, stunning views, a fairly new and very well taken care of property, good dining options and excellent concierge (if you go please say hi to Jonathan!). The hotel also offers some very unique, complimentary activities such as a walking tour of the local area (more on that to come).
  • Areas for improvement: I would say that sometimes the service could be a little inconsistent – but the one very small issue (late turndown) we had was quickly rectified. This is a property with management and employees that obviously care about service greatly, which I would rank as most important.
  • Would I stay again: Absolutely!

Thank you all for reading along, and next time I’ll be covering more of our stay in Sydney.

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  • Jo
    September 15, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Hi Katherine,

    I haven’t been on your blog for a long time. I usually return visits for people who comment on my blogs coz GFC doesn’t load my reading list. Just now, My GFC reading list is displaying and I’m so happy to see that your post is among the recent.

    Park Hyatt looks like a really lovely hotel to stay in. The view is wonderful! I like how the beautiful waterfront and the Sydney Opera House are scenes that would greet you each time you look out of the window. The place looks really spacious and bright. The size almost reminiscent of a suite. Even though you mentioned that it is comfortable for a couple or a child, it does seem in the photos that it is a lot more spacious than that. For sure I would be checking out this hotel if I ever go to Sydney. The breakfast looks divine and happy belated birthday to you. I hope that your life balances up soon with more positive showers ahead!

    • Katherine
      September 16, 2014 at 2:29 am

      Thank you Jolene, I appreciate it 🙂 Thanks for visiting!

  • Ava Lon
    September 15, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Dearest Katherine,

    First and foremost, a very, very, very HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!
    I hope you had a magical birthday and that your trip was every bit as fun as you have photographed it to be!
    I hope your husband gets you some more Verdura, and heck, why not some Buccellati for good measure! LOL! 😉 (That was a joke in case your husband reads this).

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful photography skills and review of this gorgeous place. Kudos to the perceptive individual who noted your birthday and ordered the cake — lovely!

    And Tetris indeed! 😀 I really liked that image you took of the Tetris-ified items, very cool!

    And the food…(sigh) you really should start a food blog. Those images of all that food, my mouth watered instantly and I think a transparent fridge would be dangerous! 😉

    I will try to send you a private email later – hope that is okay!

    Very Best Wishes!
    🙂
    Ava

    • Katherine
      September 16, 2014 at 2:29 am

      Hi Ava, of course! Thanks so much 🙂 It’s my husband who did the photography, he is the talented one!

  • Irina
    September 15, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Happy belated, Kat! Wishing you all the best, only highs and no downs in the next year, good travels, food, and everything else!!

    • Katherine
      September 16, 2014 at 2:29 am

      Thanks so much!

  • Lily
    September 16, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Thanks for sharing your Australia adventure and happy belated birthday. My husband and I are planning for our trip to Australia in November. We will be staying at the Park Hyatt as well. 🙂 Would like to know what are some of the must sees in Sydney. We will be in Sydney for 4 full days. Your advice will be greatly appreciated. Look forward to reading more on your Australia trip.

    • Katherine
      September 16, 2014 at 11:34 pm

      Hi Lily, read on! I will have some Sydney posts coming up 🙂 Enjoy your trip, the weather should be gorgeous!

  • Sarah
    September 17, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Happy birthday! Very enjoyable article- my own preference is for smaller boutique hotel for leisure. This one looks. Great though. Off to study your handbag advice now,….:-)

    • Katherine
      September 21, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      I’d love to hear some of your favorite boutique hotels sometime!

  • Anonymous
    September 22, 2014 at 3:39 am

    Hi dear Katherine,
    I am following your blog since only 6 months and I can have enough of your pots (interview, tips,advices, travels, …). The quality of your pix is very high. Thanks to your husband ! And thank you for sharing those beautiful things and thoughs with us.
    HDB and well done.
    Angele.

    • Katherine
      September 22, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  • candace | yogabycandace
    September 24, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    I absolutely love your travel posts – just finished up reading about your flight (and now I’m curious about the SK-II brand, I’ve heard of them but never tried – do you like?) and popped over here to read about the hotel. Looking forward to reading another Australia installment! Happy belated, and thanks so much for sharing! xo

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