The award for most prized piece of Sydney real estate must go to the Park Hyatt. The hotel is tucked directly beneath the Harbour Bridge, and many rooms showcase head-on views of the Sydney Opera House, perfectly framed in floor-to-ceiling windows and doors. In 2011, the Park Hyatt was layered with sandstone and marble to reflect the local Rocks neighborhood, which was built from sandstone in the Georgian period. Carvings, sculptures, paintings, and photographs by eight renowned Australian artists—including Robert Billington and Bruce Armstrong—further connect guests with the hotel's setting. Travelers get what they pay for here; every room, no matter the price, comes with a balcony, butler, and harbor views from the tub. Guests also have access to the coveted rooftop pool deck—where a sunset cocktail is highly recommended. The Park Hyatt is unbeatable for New Year’s Eve, the Vivid Sydney festival, or really any time of the year.
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The Park Hyatt is surrounded by all the city’s most beloved attractions, from the Harbour Bridge overhead to the Sydney Opera House shimmering across the water. It’s also surrounded by many lauded restaurants, such as Quay, ranked one of the world’s 50 top restaurants five years in a row. After exploring the harbor area, guests can hop on a ferry to the laid-back beach communities of Manly and Balmain, the World Heritage–listed Cockatoo Island, or the wildlife wonderland that is the Taronga Zoo.
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Rooms: 144 rooms, 11 luxury suites; from $790. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: The Park Hyatt’s main floor is laid out like an opulent home, with The Bar, The Living Room, and The Dining Room. The Living Room and The Bar offer comfy chairs and couches for enjoying a healthy breakfast, lunch, or afternoon tea (it comes in two varieties: savory and sweet, or infused with champagne). The Dining Room is the place for a special dinner, with an option to try the chef’s six-course tasting menu. Spa and gym details: Guests can burn calories at the fitness center or rooftop pool before relaxing at the spa. The Australian Uplift therapy includes a treatment in which the participant's face is painted with indigenous quandong fruit.
Who's it best for: Corporate business travelers who really want to get close to the harbor. Our favorite rooms: Bathed in light from their creamy color palette and open layout, the rooftop suites are some of the prettiest accommodations in the hotel. Each has a wraparound terrace complete with potted trees, and Aboriginal-style dot paintings by G.W. Bot crown the beds. Book ahead: Guests should book well in advance if wanting to stay over New Year’s Eve or the Vivid Sydney festival, when technicolor video installations are projected onto the sails of the opera house, affording Park Hyatt guests a private show from their balcony or bed.