January 20, 2018

Park Hyatt Sydney Review

Park Hyatt Sydney

The Park Hyatt Sydney is 13km from the Sydney international airport.  By car, the trip is just under a 20 minutes from the airport without traffic.  The Park Hyatt is located on the Sydney Harbor, right next to the famous Sydney Opera House.  The hotel includes 155 rooms, 24 hour butler service, and a day spa with rooftop pool, and sundeck.  The hotel’s two restaurants, the Living Room and the Dining Room, have waterfront views facing the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor.

I arrived at the Sydney airport after reluctantly stepping off the Etihad First Apartment.  The Etihad chauffeur was already waiting to drive me over to the Park Hyatt in Sydney.

Details

Address: 7 Hickson Road, The Rocks, Sydney Australia
Temperature: 55 (F)
Reserved Room: Park King
Diamond Upgrade: Opera Deluxe

Park Hyatt Sydney sign

Booking

Hyatt’s complimentary suite upgrade for Diamond members was not available at this property.  Hyatt’s suite upgrade for diamond members is available at a majority of properties although there are a few exclusions, one of which is the Park Hyatt Sydney.  When not using a suite upgrade, Hyatt diamond members receive the best available room upon arrival.  As a diamond member, I was upgraded to an Opera Deluxe room which is priced at a $500 premium compared to the City Harbor King room I originally booked.

Park Hyatt Lobby
Park Hyatt Lobby

Rooms

I was upgraded to an Opera Deluxe room located on the first floor of the Park Hyatt.  The Opera Deluxe room is 75 sq meters which is nearly twice the size of a basic City Harbor King room which is 40 sq meters.  The Opera Deluxe room includes two bathrooms, a small combined living room and dining room, and two private balconies with a view of the Sydney Opera House.  The room included a 40 inch flat-screen TV, Bose music system, 24 hour butler service, and a full minibar.

Although the room was large, it was not as big as the suites I had at the Hyatt Capital Gate, Hyatt Regency Dusseldorf, and the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi.  The Deluxe Opera room opens to a small hallway leading into an open floor plan designed room.  The show piece of the room was clearly the view of the Sydney harbor and the Sydney Opera House.

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Main hallway into the room
Park Hyatt Living Room
Entrance to Living Room
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Opera Deluxe living room
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Hyatt Diamond member welcome amenity
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View of the Sydney Opera House
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Deluxe Opera balcony
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Deluxe Opera balcony view
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Deluxe Opera Living Room
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Deluxe Opera Living Room & view of 2nd balcony
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Deluxe Opera sofa
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View of the living room, bedroom, and balcony
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Deluxe Opera room bed
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Deluxe Opera room nightstand and bed

Harbor View

The view of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor from the two balconies in the room was incredible.  The bathroom was directly in the right corner of the room and included a walk-in shower, two sinks, and a large tub.  The open space to the bathroom has a wooden panel that closes for privacy.

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View to the living room from the bathroom
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View of the bathtub and double sinks. Wooden panel closes for privacy.
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bathtub
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bathtub and right side of double sinks
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Double sinks with large bathroom mirror
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Walk-in shower with bath robes.

Breakfast

Hyatt Diamond members have free breakfast at the Dining Room restaurant in the hotel.  The Dining Room restaurant has floor to ceiling windows with a direct view of the Sydney Harbor and Sydney Opera House.  The breakfast buffet is very limited during the week.  The Dining Room weekend buffet has more options, but not as many options as the Capital Gate buffet or the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi buffet.

As a diamond member, I was given the option of ordering from the restaurant menu rather than the breakfast buffet.

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Entrance to the Dining Room restaurant
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View of the Sydney harbor from the Dining Room restaurant tables
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View of the Sydney Opera House from a table in the Dining Room restaurant
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Breakfast buffet beverages
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breakfast buffet fruits and beverages
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breakfast buffet fruits
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Various cereals
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bread and pastries
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bread, pastries, and muffins

High Tea

The Park Hyatt Sydney offers daily afternoon tea in the Living Room restaurant and bar.  The Living Room provides a causal lounge setting located directly behind the hotel lobby.  The restaurant has floor to ceiling windows with direct views of the Sydney Harbor.  The Living Room serves breakfast, dinner, and a daily afternoon tea service.

The Afternoon High Tea service is available daily from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm.  The afternoon tea service includes a variety of sandwiches, pastries, and cakes.  The service includes Moet & Chandon Rose champagne.  The afternoon tea service is $49 per person or $65 per person with a glass of champagne.  Afternoon tea reservations are available online.

View from the Park Hyatt Living Room
View from the Park Hyatt Living Room
Park Hyatt Sydney the Living Room restaurant and bar
Park Hyatt Sydney the Living Room restaurant and bar

Rooftop Pool

The outdoor pool is located on the roof of the Park Hyatt Sydney.  The rooftop has an incredible view of the Sydney skyline, the harbor bridge, and the Sydney Opera House.  I would have loved to use the pool, but July is considered winter in Australia and the rooftop pool was closed.  The rooftop pool area is large with plenty of space.  I would have loved to be there during the summer months which in Australia are December, January, and February.

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Entrance to the rooftop pool
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Covered cabana area on the left and view of the Sydney city skyline
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Rooftop pool chairs with a view of the Sydney harbor bridge and city
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row of deck chairs with the hot tube in the back corner
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Deck chairs with the bridge in the background
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Main pool area
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Entrance into the Park Hyatt
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View of the Park Hyatt with the bridge in the background
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Sydney skyline
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Sydney harbor
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View of the Sydney Opera House from the Park Hyatt rooftop pool

The Park Hyatt Sydney gym is located right next to the entrance to the rooftop pool.  The gym has basic equipment in a relatively tight space, but more than adequate for a quick workout while on vacation.

Park Hyatt Gym treadmills
Park Hyatt gym treadmills
Park Hyatt gym equipment
Park Hyatt gym equipment
Park Hyatt gym dumbbells
Park Hyatt gym dumbbells

Pros

  • Unbelievable views of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor
  • Convenient location to Sydney attractions and public transportation
  • Food and service at the hotel were excellent

Cons

  • No ATM at the hotel
  • The Park Hyatt Sydney is expensive.  The hotel is a high quality property, but you are paying a premium for the views of the Sydney Harbor and Sydney Opera House.
  • The butler service was a unique touch, but if you were inside the room during the day, you would hear the room door bell go off every 15 to 20 minutes with a new person stopping by to update a very small aspect of the room.

Final Thoughts

The Park Hyatt Sydney is an excellent full service hotel with an amazing view of the iconic Sydney Opera House.  The hotel is centrally located in close proximity to many of the attractions in Sydney.  Public transportation is easily accessible with a short walk from the hotel to the subway station at the Sydney Harbor.  However be aware that you are paying a premium for the view of the Sydney Harbor and Sydney Opera House.  Hyatt diamond members also need to be aware that suite upgrades are not available at the Park Hyatt Sydney.

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Travel enthusiast that spent years flying in the back of planes and staying at cheaper hotels in order to save a little money. After learning how to leverage airline and hotel loyalty programs, I've developed an interest in luxury travel and write about my experiences with it.

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