The Observatory Hotel


The Observatory Hotel is Australia’s most awarded hotel, an urban retreat brought to you by the Orient Express group, where boutique luxury is assured and personalised service is unsurpassed.
The ideal base from which to explore Sydney, The Observatory is superbly located near Sydney’s historic Rocks district and world famous Sydney Harbour, and moments away from the CBD and vibrant Darling Harbour, heartlands of shopping and fine dining.
The many highlights of a stay include a pampering session in the Day Spa, high tea in the Globe Bar, a swim in the beautiful star-lit indoor pool and innovative dining in the celebrated Galileo restaurant.
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Location: Sydney

Sydney is Australia’s oldest and largest city, and ranks alongside Vancouver, Cape Town and Rio as one of the world’s most stunning Oceanside cities. Its laid-back outdoor lifestyle and physical attributes make it the easiest and most pleasant of cities to visit. The people who live here are friendly and energetic.
All of its attractions lie within easy reach of the city centre. Sydney’s harbour is its natural playground, and at the heart of so much of what the city has to offer. It has a wide-ranging cultural life, dynamic food scene and vibrant cityscape of outstanding contemporary and colonial architecture. Iconic beaches and five major national parks deliver unforgettable experiences.
The Rocks is the oldest part of Australia’s oldest city, an intriguing cobblestone quarter of colour and character, adjoining the Harbour shoreline.

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The hotel’s 20-metre heated pool, mirrored by a ceiling of fibre optic lights, has been designed to recreate the constellations of the southern hemisphere. For the more energetic, work out in the fully equipped gymnasium, or enjoy a game of tennis on the court opposite the front door.
The Day Spa at The Observatory Hotel offers a wide choice of luxurious face and body treatments, ancient therapies and a flight reviver program to help international guests readjust to their new time zone. (Costs apply.)
Day excursions can be arranged by The Tailor including the Bridge Climb, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Seaplanes and other private touring options.

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Seasonal considerations

The Observatory is suitable for travel all year. Seasonal fluctuations are reflected in their rates, with peak season rates applicable over special events such as New Years Eve.
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The Observatory Hotel is renowned for its fine cuisine, ranging from elegant dining in the Galileo Restaurant to the light menu in the club-like Globe Bar. Opulently decorated with Fortuny fabrics and original art, Galileo Restaurant offers French cuisine from sought after chef, Masahiko Yomoda.
The Globe Bar offers a selection of contemporary Australian dishes, ideal for a light lunch or post-theatre supper.

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Suitable/best for

Small Groups
Solo Traveller

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Individual room description

Deluxe Rooms
The Observatory Hotel’s deluxe rooms have the comfortable, cosy atmosphere of a ‘home away from home’. Elegantly appointed with mahogany custom-made furniture, each room features King or Twin beds and is decorated with the utmost attention to detail.
Rich tapestry curtains, set off by rope tasselled tiebacks, provide the perfect backdrop for the antique-style breakfast table and down-filled armchair, while Colonial-style sash windows open to circulate fresh air and provide charming views of Observatory Hill and historic Walsh Bay. Room facilities include DVD player and broadband internet.

Junior Suite
Individual character, exceptional furnishings, spaciousness and elegant charm distinguish the Junior Suites.
Each features wood-panelled walls adorned with etchings of Australian native birds and botanicals, and original sketches of Sydney at the turn of the century. Many have balconies with views of the inner Sydney Harbour of Walsh Bay, Darling Harbour or the city.
Junior Suites also have a relaxing sitting area, with sofa and armchairs within the same room, and include DVD player and broadband internet.

Executive Suites
Named after the carriages of the legendary Orient-Express, Executive Suites are renowned for their classic elegance, exquisite fittings and intimate charm.
All Executive Suites feature separate sitting rooms, with full bar facilities, as well as CD and DVD players, and broadband internet. Many of them feature domed ceilings, arch windows and traditional four-poster beds.
Many also have balconies with charming views of Observatory Hill, or the inner Sydney Harbour of Walsh Bay and Darling Harbour with its beautiful sunsets.

The Observatory Suite
The hotel’s most spectacular suite is intimate, luxurious and filled with objets d’art. The bedroom features a magnificent four-poster bed with mahogany hand-carved front posts, as well as a spacious ensuite bathroom lined with wall-to-wall marble.
Furnished with elegant, custom-made furniture, the sitting room’s pale cream colour scheme is offset by the black and gold, oriental-style coffee table and armoire cabinet. The sofa and armchairs face a magnificent white marble, antique fireplace, highlighted by a classic oil painting of Mosman Bay.
Original artworks and an antique, gilt-framed mirror cover the rich, fabric-lined walls and provide the perfect backdrop for the antique walnut writing desk and elegant mahogany dining table with Queen Anne chairs. The rich tasseled curtains at each window frame charming views of historic and heritage listed Observatory Hill. The Observatory Suite also features a fully equipped kitchen and guest toilet, and has interconnecting doors to deluxe rooms either side, if required.

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Nearest major city/town
City – Sydney

Air access
Scheduled or jet flight to Sydney Airport.

Road access
The Observatory Hotel is located 30 minutes transfer by vehicle from the Sydney Airport.

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