My partner and I recently combined a stay at 'The Darling' in a Jewel Spa Suite with a visit to their own Events Centre to see Alicia Keys perform (she was amaze-balls). We booked early so got 15% off the usual price. Valet parking was very easy to find and upon arrival we were immediately greeted by porters who kindly assisted with our luggage. We simply gave them the name of which our reservation was in and they efficiently cleared our car and luggage straight away. Check-in was very quick and efficient and all the staff to this point were lovely i.e. welcoming and very helpful. On arrival to our room we were very pleasantly surprised. The room had sensors that upon entry to the room, displayed service menus etc on the first of 2 very large smart tv screens, automatically drew back the blinds and switched on any relevant lighting. The entire suite can be controlled easily via the tv and it's remote or by using the various old school electronic switches on the walls in every room. The Jewel suite is very spacious with separate living area, beautiful big king bedroom with it's own large flat screen and one of the most amazing bathrooms I've ever seen in a hotel. The room was also very clean, the bathroom was spotless. The mini bar is well stocked and there is a nespresso machine on hand. In room dining is available 24/7 and there is a lot on offer at prices that I thought were pretty good for room service. We enjoyed an English breakfast with sausage, bacon, 2 eggs, portobello mushrooms, spinach, tomato and sour dough, a beautiful fruit platter for each of us, croissants, more sour dough and conserves, tea and freshly squeezed orange juice for $38 per person and it was sensational, the only complaint I have is that we couldn't eat it all. The bathroom has a beautiful shower with both a hand-held shower head and an overhead shower head and there is a massive gorgeous round spa bath, a very comfortable toilet, dual sinks i.e 1 at either end of this enormous bathroom and then a very large walk-in/ironing/dressing room directly off the end of this very impressive bathroom. The kitchenette is very well equipped with Nespresso machine, cocktail glasses, shakers etc. so you can easily entertain guests if needed. The lounge area is quite comfortable with plentiful seating and an abundance of entertainment available on the 55inch smart tv. There is a desk setup in the King Bedroom which is very comfortable to use and provides good access to electrical ports for charging etc. The air-conditioning works really well but there are also small windows that you can open that provide fresh and quite a strong breeze if that is your preference. All the little extra's are included i.e. beautiful bathroom products, gorgeous robes and slippers, a nice size safe that will fit a laptop in, everything you need really. We didn't visit the pool but we were overlooking that area and it looked very inviting so I'm disappointed we didn't have time to use it. Downstairs there is a food hall with heaps of options and a 24hr Shop that has a great selection of essentials and snacks available at much cheaper prices then the in-room mini bars, be careful though because the in room fridge has no spare room in it for you to store your own stuff. There are also an abundance of restaurants available and entertainment galore directly on-site i.e. the Casino and The Events Centre or Star Entertainment Centre and The Darling has it's own spa as well. So, all up, we were really impressed and can't wait to stay at 'The Darling' again as it was just superb. The staff were awesome and that always makes a big difference.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to The Darling. 171 rooms and views from the Sydney Harbour to the Blue Mountains, Sydney's most lovingly detailed hotel is now open at The Star.***Named one of the Top 60 Best New Hotels in the World by Condé Nast Traveller*******Winner of Best New Hotel Construction and Design 2012 at the Asia-Pacific International Hotel Awards***DISTINCTIVELY DARLING FEATURESFloor-to-Ceiling GlassOur rooms feature floor-to-ceiling glass and windows that open to showcase what are possibly the best views in Sydney.The Darling BedOnce you've slept on a Darling bed, you'll be reluctant to leave it. Every one features a customised 1000 spring mattress, 400 thread count 100% Egyptian cotton bed linen and a goose down comforter. A menu of 12 luxury pillows is offered for your comfort.Molton Brown ProductsEvery bathroom contains a range of Molton Brown products, exclusive in Australian hotels, to The Darling.Rain ShowerheadsEvery bathroom comes with a relaxing rain showerhead and a European wand.Control Four Integrated SystemComplete control is at your fingertips. One touch of a button and you can do anything - from lower your blinds to adjust the air temperature.EXPERIENCE THE SPA AT THE DARLING Our spa has 16 private rooms - including an intimate couples suite - and every one of them is devoted to making you look incredible, and feel even better.We offer signature Asian and European treatments, a hamam and a level of pampering that is unparalleled. ... more less
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