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Shangri-La, Sydney

176 Cumberland Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Shangri-La, Sydney Review
5 Star Rating
19 July 2015Shangri-La, SydneyTags: Sydney, Australia, Luxury reviewsThe Bill: £460 per night

The Shangri-La in Sydney is Located in the very heart of Sydney just a few steps from Sydney Harbour Bridge. Surrounded by some of the most famous sights in the world, the Shangri-La is in the perfect location. Seeing the Opera House lit up at night is a magical experience, and what better way to do it than from your hotel room.

As we arrive at the front of the hotel our car doors are opened for us and our luggage is taken. Our car is then valet parked and we are shown through to reception, after a swift check-in we’re escorted to our Horizon Club Tower Suite on the 33rd floor.

The suite is classic in design, and echoes the design from the public areas of the hotel. Which I’d describe as classic luxury, with some interesting interior touches. Our suite is made up of a spacious living area with huge windows offering spectacular panoramic views over Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. We also had a separate bedroom with a large king size bed, fitted with plump pillows and a pillow menu which must be explored. The only downside being the bedroom doesn’t have any exterior windows of its own, which would have been nice to appreciate the views from our bed.

“Faultless hospitality in luxurious surroundings.”

Our bathroom was spacious and included a separate bath, shower, and his and hers basins. The crisps clean design made for a very relaxing soak in the bath. The living room also had a good sized desk, which was perfect for working, but you can be easily distracted by the incredible views - not such a bad thing.

The hotel also has a spa with a vast amount of treatments available, a good sized gym, and a rather inviting indoor pool and Jacuzzi. For those looking to dine, you will find Altitude on the 36th floor which offers impressive fine dining cuisine. Another highlight for us was the Horizon Club lounge on the 30th floor. For a small fee, hotel guests can enter this private lounge and enjoy the incredible views over Sydney. Yes, we did have the same views from our suite, but the lounge has the added bonus of complimentary drinks throughout the day, along with alcohol served between 6pm and 8pm. It’s not just a couple of wines on offer either, there is an impressive selection of white, red and sparkling, so even the most sophisticated wine drinkers will find something to satisfy. They also serve freshly prepared canapés, it really is an impressive lounge, and the perfect place to spend an evening.

The staff at the Shangri-La are very friendly and go above and beyond to make you feel welcome and relaxed. The hotel offers some unbeatable views, faultless hospitality in luxurious surroundings, and we can’t fault it. If you’re staying in Sydney, the Shangri-La is possibly the best way to experience what the city has to offer.

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