Following a multi-million dollar redevelopment in 2016 which saw the addition of a new 24-storey tower and 222 additional guestrooms, the new Hyatt Regency Sydney is the largest upscale, full service hotel in Australia.
When the opportunity arose to stay a night in this newly refurbished and freshly rebranded hotel, we simply couldn’t resist. Upon arrival for the 3pm check-in, we were greeted by friendly staff and escorted up to our room – a Harbour View King Room with a king size bed and amazing views of Darling Harbour. With facilities including a flat-screen TV, fridge, private bathroom, free Wi-Fi, large safe, hair dryer, iron, tea and coffee, you don’t even need to step outside.
On our visit, we were given access to the sleek new Regency Club which comes with a range of privileges and benefits including exclusive check-in, concierge, complimentary continental breakfast, as well as evening canapés and beverages. Featuring a luxe décor with rich velvets, polished timber and sleek curves, the design is reminiscent of ocean liners on the harbour. We found it to be a great place to come and chill out while enjoying the postcard-perfect views. It would also appeal to business guests who can use the Regency Club’s boardroom as a place to connect for onsite meetings.
We actually found we didn’t need to leave the building at all to enjoy a great night of entertainment. For dinner we headed downstairs to Sailmaker – an all-day dining restaurant offering a seasonally inspired menu driven by local produce. We decided to experience the Seafood Table as part of the ‘Signature Table’ concept – a truly unique and interactive dining experience. Some of Sydney’s best seafood was on display including a whole roasted fish, fresh seafood station and seasonally inspired salads. Available from Thursday to Saturday (6–10pm) and at $65 per person (including dessert), we found it to be a great deal and highly appetising.
We then made our way up to the impressive rooftop Zephyr Bar for a much-needed drink. Located on Level 12, the open-air sky bar has breathtaking views of Darling Harbour with unique vermouth-inspired cocktails and rums sourced from around the globe. It also has Sydney’s largest range of aperitifs and digestives as well as luxury frozen cocktails using the finest liquors, spirits and freshly hand squeezed juices. The food menu is just as appetising including contemporary dishes infused with fortified wines and rum reductions, as well as age old favourites such as juicy pork and herb meat balls and a classic charcuterie board. This is a must-visit bar and if you’re looking for somewhere to eat on a Sunday, we highly recommend experiencing the Zephyr Sunday Brunch.
For other entertainment options within Hyatt Regency Sydney, there’s Dundee Arms (one of Sydney’s oldest pubs that was lovingly restored back to its former glory for patrons to enjoy) as well as The Gallery (a heritage space within the hotel that will host an impressive series of photographic exhibitions from now until June 2018 in partnership with Canon Australia).
When it came time to call it a night, we headed back to the room which we found to be quite cosy. The room was spotless, the bed was very comfortable, and we were impressed waking up to some outstanding views without even getting out of bed. After checking-out at 11am, we’d only wished we’d stayed another night.
Hyatt Regency Sydney offers the perfect balance of business and pleasure with sophisticated state-of-the-art meeting rooms and ballrooms, distinguished all-day dining, a stylish and contemporary lobby bar and Regency Club Lounge. These revitalised interiors offer hospitable spaces to conduct business or simply relax and rejuvenate while taking in some of the best of Sydney’s Harbour views. This truly impressive hotel offers guests a dynamic spot to relax, meet, engage and recharge. Whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure, we highly recommend it.
Hyatt Regency Sydney
161 Sussex St, Sydney