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Observatory Hotel

Observatory Hotel

Photo: Courtesy of The Observatory Hotel

89-113 Kent St.
Sydney, New South Wales, 2000, Australia
TEL: 61 2 9256-2222
TEL: (800) 237-1236

The poshest old-school hotel in town (it’s part of the Orient-Express group) isn’t exactly in town; though it’s in the heart of the lively historic Rocks district, it’s tucked away in a peaceful, mostly residential enclave. The setting works well for the hotel’s exclusive clientele (bigwigs and celebs like Nicole Kidman); it also jibes with the elegant, formal aesthetic, which mimics that of a private manor. The 100 guest rooms are decorated traditionally (and a little fussily), with dark-wood wardrobes and dressers, heavy swagged drapes and overstuffed chairs, and lots of brocade and chintz; some have private balconies and arched windows. The common areas have a similarly grand vibe—and include the wood-paneled Globe Bar; the fancy French/Japanese restaurant Galileo; and a spectacular subterranean swimming pool whose vaulted ceiling twinkles like a southern-hemisphere night sky, thanks to hundreds of fiber-optic “stars.”


Room to Book: Rooms 326 and 324 (executive suites) and 310 (a junior suite) have the best views of Walsh Bay.

Insider Tip:

Have a swim in the indoor pool with a fiber-optic constellation ceiling.


Open / Closes
  • Accessible by Public Transportation
  • Babysitting
  • Business Center
  • Childcare
  • Concierge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Green/Eco-Friendly
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Laundry Service
  • Maid Service
  • Meeting Room
  • Parking Available
  • Pet Friendly
  • Spa

Number of Rooms: 79

Number of Suites: 21

Number of Restaurants: 2

Year Opened: 1993



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