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Shangri-La, Sydney, Australia
Perched above a historic part of the city, this vast high-rise is best known for its almost aerial views of Sydney Harbour from the restaurant and bar on level 36. In fact, Blu Bar is a destination in itself, especially for city workers heading for after-work drinks. All the 564 rooms feature harbour views (some better than others), window seats from which to admire them, and luxurious bathrooms. Health-conscious folk are catered for with a gym, futuristic indoor pool, jacuzzi and sauna. Inspired by ancient Chinese healing, CHI Spa, cocooned in the centre of the hotel, offers a range of pampering treatments. The hotel is within walking distance of top Sydney spots Circular Quay, Darling Harbour and The Rocks.
We loved picnicking near Sydney Observatory - the park has superb views of The Harbour Bridge, The Opera House and Circular Quay.
High-rise hotel within walking distance of Circular Quay and The Rocks.
By plane: flights to Sydney from London take around 24 hours with a stop in Dubai or Darwin. The hotel is a 25-minute drive from the airport. On-site parking costs AUD85 per day. skyscanner.com
Style & Character
Popular with business visitors, but its central location close to the sights, trains and ferries works for tourists too. The bird's-eye panorama of the harbour from the level 36 bar and restaurant is the standout feature.
Service & Facilities
Upgrading to Horizon Club gives you an upper-level room, and access to a private lounge serving afternoon tea and evening drinks.
- Swimming pool
- Fitness centre
- Beauty treatments
- Free Wi-Fi
Large picture windows with padded seats are ideal for enjoying a cuppa while watching the goings-on on the harbour. It's worth upgrading to a corner room or suite as they have the best views.
Deluxe Room, Executive Room, Premier Room, Grand Premier Room, Horizon Club Room, Horizon Club Suite, Suites, Connecting Rooms
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, tea and coffee facilities, desk, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Blu Bar on level 36 makes a fabulous amaretto sour - the perfect accompaniment to that view. Our favourite dish at dinner is the steamed Murray Cod, spanner crab and kombu. Simple and delicious.
Altitude: fine dining, Australian cuisine. Dishes include blackened kingfish and roasted pumpkin risotto. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mains from AUD42.
Blu Bar: drinks, cocktails, high tea.