Checking In: The Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

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From the very comfort of my (incredibly plush) bed, I have an unrivalled view of Sydney’s most celebrated icons – the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Right in front of my eyes is the complete epitome of Sydney as a destination – and it’s making my desire to leave my hotel room almost obsolete, even if it’s a magnificent 35 degrees outside. I’ve just returned to my suite at the Shangri-La Hotel Sydney to what would have to be the most spectacular view of the Sydney Harbour.

As nightfall calmly soothes its way over the Sydney Harbour, the true magic of this view is revealed. Although I feel like the luckiest person in the world, I cannot help but to mention the other lucky guests inside the other 562 suites at the hotel, as they have also landed themselves an evening with this incredible view. All rooms at the Shangri-La Sydney offer views of the harbour, though if you want the complete package be sure to book the full harbour suites, which are located in the corners of the building and offer not only the best views, but also a little more room and privacy.

Yet there’s a lot more to this opulent 5-star property located within reach of Circular Quay, even if I could quite happily write about this view for an entire article.

The exquisite interiors on display throughout the hotel are simple yet refined, and all rooms and suites follow the traditional style of Shangri-La Hotels. There’s an effortless minimalism that flows from the design of the hotel through to the experience, and it’s a comfort that simply can not be described by words alone.

Of my two-night stay at the iconic hotel chain’s Sydney property my highlights were plentiful, leading to an overall memorable stay that I am sure to rave about as my top pick in Sydney for quite some time to come. Complimentary wi-fi was a welcomed surprise, as this is not something to be expected among even luxury properties in Australia and sources tell me the Shangri-La is the only 5 star property to offer this service free of charge to guests. Additionally welcomed was the inclusive buffet breakfast, which surprised me by the abundance of choice and healthy alternatives. If there’s one thing you should be sure to try, it’s the homemade granola that is covered in honey made right here on-site.

The price of the rooms at the Shangri-La Hotel Sydney are also surprisingly reasonable given the price of similar luxury properties in the nearby area. Perhaps this could be the explanation for incredibly high occupancy rates year-round, as the Shangri-La seems to be the best deal in town if you’re looking for a luxurious getaway with priceless views.

An evening at Blu Bar or Altitude Restaurant is an absolute must to make the most of this spectacular view whilst enjoying a well-polished cocktail creation or memorable 3-course meal. However if you’re looking for something a little more low-key, I would recommend Cafe Mix for lunch or dinner, as I surprisingly enjoyed the food more here, though Altitude has a view that simply cannot be beat.


If you’re looking for a memorable stay in Australia’s most popular tourist destination, the Shangri-La Hotel ticks all the boxes with ease – luxury, style, unrivalled views, incredible dining experiences and a surprisingly attractive price tag to match.

Rooms from $310 per night.

Please note: World of Wanderlust was welcomed as a guest to the Shangri-La Hotel Sydney, however my view is as always, my own.

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