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Sheraton on the Park, Sydney review

Five-star service and exotic seafood buffets are par for the course at this grande dame of Sydney hotels.
Sheraton on the Park

Dazzling city views from The Sheraton Club Lounge

Where 161 Elizabeth St, Sydney, (02) 9286 6000, sheratonontheparksydney.com

Cost From $349, without breakfast.

At a glance 558 rooms and suites, adjoining rooms; bar, restaurant, café, rooftop pool, day spa, health centre, paid valet and self-parking.

In room Free WiFi, smart TV, bath, some balconies, coffee machine, walk-in wardrobe, pillow menu, Le Grandbain toiletries.

Best rooms Executive Suite rooms have access to the 21st-floor club lounge, with views over Hyde Park and complimentary snacks and drinks.

Fresh from a $45 million head-to-toe makeover, the grande dame of Elizabeth Street once again reigns over Hyde Park. This is a proudly full-service five-star, so expect porters to wrangle luggage, superior housekeeping and room service, and generous meals in Feast restaurant, where big breakfasts segue into extravagant seafood buffets. Expect, too, dazzling views over the harbour and the Heads from higher-floor rooms and suites, the club lounge and rooftop pool, but less impressive office-tower vignettes from “city side” rooms. Plantation shutters cleverly conceal such views, while chaises longues and French hangings lend a residential feel that belies chain-hotel expectations.

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The rooftop health retreat is a city oasis of glass-roofed pool and hot tub, day spa, big gym, steam room and sauna, but the standout feature is the sun terrace with a quintessential Sydney outlook across parkland to sparkling blue harbour.

The Executive Suite Bedroom at Sheraton on the Park

Thoughtful extras

Weary guests will give thanks for the small mercy of a single bedside master switch that shuts off all the lights at the press of a finger.

Details of the bathroom in the Executive Suite Bedroom

Dining options

Breakfast, served in the light and bright Feast restaurant, is the full five-star affair ($44, $38 Continental). Highlights include prosciutto freshly sliced off the bone, granola ice-cream, and egg and smoked salmon muffins with hollandaise. The seafood buffet is popular at lunch and dinner.

Drink up

If nothing appeals on the tight, mostly domestic wine list at the Conservatory bar, a pretty glass atrium on the first floor, take a Roadtrip to Mexico instead: tequila, mezcal, agave and grapefruit.

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This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Hotel Guide. The guide’s reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.

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