The ‘Distinctively Darling’ taste is not acquired, rather one you are sure to fall immediately head over heels for.
The Darling Hotel Sydney displays the quintessential essence of Australian culture and natural beauty, which is more than adequately portrayed through an innovative design concept that blends warm tones and splashes of rich colours to stimulate the rich Australian heritage in the city. No time before has the Australian outback been so meticulously portrayed through interior design, as this.
Feeling more at home than ever in a big city such as Sydney is not your typical hotel impression, nor is it easy to duplicate. Yet my first impressions of the Darling Hotel Sydney are that they have captivated such a vibe, making the only downside to this hotel being the difficulty to find motivation to want to leave your suite, let alone the hotel itself.
But if you do find the motivation to leave, you will find yourself comfortably located adjacent to the Sydney Star Casino, meaning a night of entertainment is literally at your fingertips. You will also find a broad range of restaurants at The Darling, as well as a world-class day spa, and ample nightlife choices within the Star casino. Something you won’t see advertised is the next-door Coles supermarket, which only amplifies the convenience of this hotel’s location. However if you don’t fancy a walk across the street, the minibar prices are surprisingly affordable and the Nespresso machine was warmly welcomed and utilised throughout my stay.
As I arrived in the lobby at 11.00am I was promptly checked in without a mere question of my early arrival time. From there I was personally shown to the lift by the receptionist and began to make my way to level eight. Once I opened the door to my corner suite, I knew I was in for something particularly memorable – but what I soon discovered was still beyond my expectations.
My corner suite was generously appointed, with a large living/dining area and a separate bedroom, walk-in wardrobe, and ensuite with a large spa bath. The ensuite and bedroom also had views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from afar, and the entire wrap-around suite had floor to ceiling windows. There was also a guest powder room for those looking to entertain guests in the evening, as well as a small kitchenette with all the basic necessities and a good selection of mini bar choices. Shortly after I had checked in, a complimentary fruit platter was delivered to my door, which was not only a nice touch but also perfect timing given the heat of the day starting to settle in.
One aspect of the rooms that cannot go unnoticed is the incredible attention to detail by way of technology. Blinds are electronic, there are ample gadget plugs for all your devices, and the room directory is easy to navigate. But the thoughtful approach to creating a unique guest experience doesn’t stop there, other highlights include Molton Brown bath products and amenities, fashion and lifestyle magazines, and some of the most luscious bed linens I have encountered the world over.
From the point of check-in until my time of departure, I thoroughly enjoyed this inner-city escape. Highlights included a friendly and approachable team of staff, location, and some of the most intriguing rooms in terms of interior design. Lowlights are few and far between, though if I am to be highly critical I would suggest to those looking for absolute peace and quiet in the evenings, a weekend visit is not for you. This may however be mitigated by booking in advance and splurging on a corner suite for maximum privacy.
Room Tip: The Jewel Suites are generously appointed with a separation between the bedroom and living area, or for those looking to stay in a home away from home, WOW recommends the Adored Suites. Be sure to request a Harbour View room a little higher up to enjoy the best views, particularly at night (WOW recommends suite 888).
Room Rates: Starting at $269 per room per night.
80 Pyrmont St, NSW 2009
(02) 9777 9000
Special thanks to The Darling for welcoming World of Wanderlust as a guest. My opinion is as always, my own.