From the fragrance wafting through the foyer to the candles scattered around the front desk reception area you know, upon entry, that this is one sexy hotel.
Check-in was quick and painless. Front-desk staff were friendly>
The (basic-level) room we had was very clean and the king-sized bed was extremely comfortable. (Although I'd say the room is only suitable for couples because there's no screen between the bedroom and the shower cubicle door.)
Also we found the room to be extremely quiet ... couldn't hear any outside noise at all, nor any slamming doors down the corridor - as is normal in most other hotels.
Although we didn't have a bath in the room, the shower was superb! One of those you walk into - it had two water outlets, one of those rain-style ones above your head and the more familiar hand-held which can be attached to a holder on the wall. The water pressure form each outlet is controllable.
Nice big widescreen LCD TV in the room.
The mini-bar is one of those sneaky time-controlled operations. And not just from the fridge!
Pick up one of the "you know you want to" boxes (one is called the "intimacy pack"!) and 30 seconds later you're charged! Is this really necessary?
Internet access charges are ridiculous - approx. $13 for one hour or $25 for the day - but typical of these hotels. I was hoping there'd be free access from the foyer but alas .. no.
There's also no restaurant in the hotel itself. Want food? You'll need to go the attached mall or the casino - even for breakfast - although there's the usual room service available.
Two critcisms re the room ... (1) the lighting is hard to control (can't they just go back to normal light switches!?) and (2) the electronically controlled blind is either fully open or fully shut! There's no in-between! Want a nap in the middle of the day without a totaly dark room? Wear your sunglasses!
Nonetheless, enjoyed my stay and would recommend the hotel - especailly for couples.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Darling is located at The Star Sydney and is a key feature of Sydney’s leading entertainment destination. The hotel was designed as a stand-alone structure, with its own arrival experience, amenities and alluring personality. Housed in a distinctive inverted glass tower resting on a sandstone podium, the hotel features 171 stylish and spacious rooms, suites and penthouses, a 25-metre outdoor heated swimming pool, world-class cuisine and an indulgent day spa. The Darling is honoured to be the first Sydney hotel to be awarded a prestigious Forbes Five-Star rating. A Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating is the most coveted award in the global luxury travel sector. Properties awarded Five-Stars are considered outstanding and are often iconic with virtually flawless service and facilities. ... more less
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