Hotel review: Pullman Sydney Hyde Park, Australia
Pullman Sydney Hyde Park is a five-star business and leisure hotel, overlooking Hyde Park, in the heart of Sydney’s central business district, says Monica Ng.
The Hotel is close to many world-class natural beauties and man made icons, such as the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and is also a short walk from boutiques in Surry Hills and Paddington and the vibrant nightlife on Oxford Street and in Darlinghurst. There is definitely a little something surrounding the hotel that will suit your curiosities and tastes, during your stay at the Pullman Sydney Hyde Park.
Formerly the Sydney Marriott Hotel, a change in name came with a change in look. Having undergone a multimillion-dollar renovation, the upscale hotel has been revitalised and is stylishly decorated with a cosmopolitan and modern feel. The open lobby is clad in warm tones of dark chocolate, mustard, burnt orange and oatmeal where a lavish cylindrical chandelier takes centre stage. Royal purple and charcoal furnishings together with metallic silver and charcoal granite wall highlights, instantly creates a welcoming ambience as you enter and begin your guest experience at the Pullman Sydney Hyde Park.
With 241 guest rooms and suites, the rooms are of a very generous size, starting at 32sqm and offer views overlooking the tranquil beauty of Hyde Park or the glittering lights of East Sydney and Woolloomooloo Bay. For an extra touch of luxury, executive and junior suites sit on the 20th and 21st levels, and guests of the rooms on these floors have special access to the executive lounge that serves breakfast and evening canapés and drinks allowing you to start and end your day in a relaxed mood soaking in the scenic beauty Sydney has to offer.
During my visit, I stayed in the superior king room, which is comprised of a separate bedroom, adjoining bathroom, a generous lounge and private balcony and mini bar area. The separate bedroom is spacious and modern in its design, featuring a plum purple feature wall and matching orange night-lights. The soft king size pillow top bed is dressed in white signature bedding and awaits your sleepy head for a good night’s rest. A large LCD flat screen television with access to Foxtel cable television channels and an iPod dock within the bedroom are a nice addition for those wanting to enjoy a quiet and relaxing night in.
The adjoining marble bathroom features dual washbasins and a corner bathtub and shower. Complimentary Roger & Gallet toiletries were a pleasant surprise.
The lounge room is an open and relaxing area, with generous floor-to-ceiling window views of the central business district’s skyline. Complete with a burnt orange and charcoal striped three-person sofa and two oatmeal patterned one-seater arm chairs, another LCD flat screen television is available here for your viewing entertainment.
An adjacent glass study table lets the business traveller complete some work with wireless Internet available inside the room and throughout the hotel. Furthermore, a comprehensive self-service business centre allows business travellers to stay connected with high-speed Internet. Translating and interpreting services and facsimile, phone and printing services are also available.
In the mini bar surrounding the dark granite bench top, sits four burnt orange bar stools, in the situation that one decides to have a few quiet drinks in with friends.
The service provided by the hotel’s staff is attentive, welcoming and friendly. Upon arrival, a complimentary fruit platter containing an array of seasonal fruit was generously provided along with a personalised welcome message from the general manager. Fifteen minutes after settling into the room, I received a follow up call from the general manager to check that I was settling in well and if I needed anything additional. A hotel staff member delivered some complimentary water and chocolates as well, which was a lovely touch.
The luxury Australian hotel offers a range of dining options too – these include Windows restaurant, Bar Rendezvous and 24-hour room service. Windows Restaurant is located on level two of the Hotel, offering dining guests large window views overlooking the gorgeously green, tree lined Hyde Park and Sydney’s city skyline. This fine dining restaurant serves modern Australian cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The wait staff were knowledgeable and service was attentive and warm. For dinner, I chose the twice cooked pork belly with roasted apple marmalade, the sage-scented grain fed beef eye fillet in red wine with softened chats and chanterelles and the lemon tart with sugar dusted garden berries and pear compote which were superb.
On level 23, there are other recreational facilities such as a fitness centre, sauna and steam room, indoor spa, outdoor heated freshwater rooftop swimming pool and sunbathing deck overlooking Hyde Park that you can enjoy during your stay at Pullman Sydney Hyde Park.
Pullman Sydney Hyde Park, 36 College Street, Sydney, NSW 2010, Australia, pullmansydneyhydepark.com.au
Images courtesy of Pullman Sydney Hyde Park and Hamilton Lund
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