The Langham, Sydney
Formerly called the Observatory—named after the Sydney Observatory nearby—this once faded hotel has had a no-expense-spared makeover. Now part of the Langham group, The Langham, Sydney offers a refined harborside retreat near historic neighborhood the Rocks and the lofty new Barangaroo Reserve park. Alongside 98 classic-luxe rooms (some with terrace views), you'll find an impressive lobby, dining area, and ballroom, decorated in chic grey and teal with bespoke furniture and Australian art. Kent Street Kitchen is a smart bet for Euro-accented Australian cuisine or take tea on Wedgwood china in the Palm Court. Indulge in the Day Spa by Chuan and don't miss the lovely indoor pool with its star-spangled ceiling. There's even a pink taxi for girly shopping raids.