80 Pyrmont St., Pyrmont, Sydney, NSW 2009 Phone 1800/700 700 in Australia
02/9777 9000 Fax 02/9657 8344
Size: 352 units Extras
A/C MINIBAR TV TEL. Parking A$15 (U.S.$10.50) Transportation: Ferry:
Pyrmont Bay. Monorail: Harbourside. Light rail: Star City. Free shuttle buses run from the
central business district Prices: A$340-$360 (U.S.$238-$252) double,
depending on view; from A$450 (U.S.$315) and way up for suites. Extra person A$40
(U.S.$28). Ask about special packages Credit Cards: AE, BC, DC, JCB, MC, V
Opened at the end of 1997, this A$900
million (U.S.$630 million) gambling and entertainment complex includes Sydney's newest
fivestar hotel, with rooms overlooking both Darling Harbour and Pyrmont Bridge. Although
the four split-level Royal Suites (A$1,500/U.S.$1,050) are quite spectacular, each with
three TVs, a giant spa, a full kitchen, two bathrooms, its own sauna, and the services of
the former butler to the governor of Queensland, the standard rooms, on the other hand,
are somewhat sterile. If you aren't attracted to the glamour of this place, or the
gambling, you can find nicer rooms for the price elsewhere. If you do stay here, pay the
extra money for a room with truly spectacular views over Darling Harbour.
Dining/Entertainment: The Astral
restaurant is the top-flight dining choice here. It's reached by an external glass
elevator and offers top-rated cuisine and the best service I've come across in Sydney.
Other major restaurants are Al Porto, serving Italian, and the Lotus Pond, serving
Chinese; there are also a couple of bistro-style places. The gaming rooms are sectioned
into four areas; there are also two theaters, the 2,000-seat Lyric Theatre (the largest in
Sydney) and the 900-seat Showroom, which presents Las Vegas-style productions.
Facilities: Heated outdoor pool,
sauna, spa, massage. concierge, 24-hour room service, free daily newspaper, nightly
turndown, shoe shine, laundry, valet, business center, shopping arcade, newsstand, beauty
salon, currency exchange.
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