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Observatory Hotel

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89-113 Kent St., Sydney, NSW 2000  Phone 1800/806 245 in Australia   02/9256 2222  Fax 02/9256 2233  Web site   E-mail

Size: 100 units  Extras A/C MINIBAR TV TEL.  Parking A$22 (U.S.$15.40)  Transportation: Bus: 339, 431, or 433 to Millers Point  Prices: A$350-$425 (U.S.$245-$297.50) double; from A$595 (U.S.$416.50) suite. Extra person A$60 (U.S.$42) extra. Children under 14 stay free in parents' room  Credit Cards: AE, BC, DC, JCB, MC, V

This exclusive hotel, a 10-minute walk uphill from The Rocks and George Street, is a turn-of-the-century beauty competing for top-hotel-in-Sydney honors. Up there with the Ritz-Carlton Sydney for unadulterated style, it's outfitted with antiques, objets d'art, and the finest carpets, wallpapers, and draperies, and is renowned for its personalized service. Rooms are plush, quiet, and come with all the modern amenities, including a CD player and a VCR. The huge bath is a great place for a glass of champagne and some takeaway sushi. Some rooms have city views while others look out over the harbor. If you don't fancy the 15-minute walk into town, then take advantage of the hotel's free BMW limo service, which delivers guests to the central business district on weekdays. The pool here is one of the best in Sydney: Note the Southern Hemisphere constellations on the roof. The health club offers everything from massage and beauty therapies to a free float in the flotation tank for early arrivals coming in from overseas.

Dining/Entertainment: The Galileo Restaurant offers very good food in an elegant candlelit atmosphere with silk wallpaper, polished walnut furniture, and original Venetian etchings and Australian Impressionist works of art. The Globe Bar feels like an old-world colonial English club.

Facilities: Chemical-free indoor pool, sauna, steam room, flotation tank, health club, tennis courts, concierge, 24-hour room service, newspaper delivery, nightly turndown, twice-daily maid service, dry cleaning/laundry, business center.

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