My husband booked us into the Shangri-La for a one-night luxury staycation and it more than delivered! We booked an Opera House View Executive Suite and ended up getting room 2419 - a really big corner suite although the view of the Opera House was probably not quite what we expected. To see it, you had to sit on the sill of a window in the corner.
It amazes me how a hotel which has been around for such a long time and has such a churn of visitors is able to maintain facilities and fixtures so well. Either the place has been recently renovated or they just keep everything impeccably clean, but everything looked shiny and brand new! Small but noticeable touches that add to the luxuriousness of it all. Our suite had a large bathroom with a big tub and all the important amenities (complete with soft, fluffy, white bathrobes!). The mini-bar had everything and then some. Even two-minute noodles, which I just adore! The bed was big, the sheets and pillows were quality although the mattress was quite a lot softer than I like it.
We had a minor incident with the bath - after letting out the water, it began to bubble up out of a drain in the floor, eventually flooding the entire bathroom. We called room service and they promptly sent an engineer and the issue was soon fixed (or I assume it was, I didn't have another bath to check). I also noticed a vague damp smell in the suite as well as in the cafe downstairs where the breakfast buffet is. Nothing strong or enough to stop me from coming back again.
After a experiencing the incredible views over a cocktail at Blu Bar, followed by an appallingly bad dinner service at Altitude (so bad we left after the second course), we went back to our suite to order room service. The food was hearty, well-portioned and delicious!! And the breakfast buffet in the cafe on level 1 - just amazing! So many choices - highly recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney is perfectly positioned between the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge in the historic Rocks district. Within walking distance of the city's major shopping venues and tourist attractions, the hotel offers panoramic views of Sydney Harbour. A wide selection of dining options including Australian cuisine at award winning Altitude Restaurant, Mix and Grill in the all day dining restaurant Café Mix and fabulous cocktails at the glamorous Blu Bar on 36. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shangri La Sydney
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