The Langham Sydney is the stuff of dreams. White and bright with touches of gold, Art Déco finishes and that world famous Langham pink. It’s brought the glamour of five star hotels back to the historic building that was once The Observatory Hotel.
A $30 million refurb will do that, but it’s more than just the redesign. They’ve hit the mark by creating a space that’s so pretty and perfect you can imagine you’re sitting in a plush London lobby having high tea, when in fact you’re tucked into a window seat in the Palm Court, light streaming in behind you from windows looking across to Western Harbour and the Anzac Bridge. The Palm Court is the perfect setting for afternoon tea – a glass of Perrier-Jouet, a Wedgewood silver tea stand filled with delicate treats and a few of your nearest and dearest are the combination for a decadent, delicious few hours, especially if the ivories are tinkling on the piano.
For those without the serious sweet tooth, the hotel’s Kent Street Kitchen already has a reputation for dramatic flair and flavour. Executive chef Thomas Heinrich is at the helm so expect to see modern European dishes on a seasonally changing menu.
If you’re checking in for the night, you’re in for a real treat. These suites are made to be savoured so maximise the amount of hours you can spend in this chic space. Arched windows, beautiful bedheads behind deluxe king beds, winged arm chairs – they carry the lobby’s light and bright colour scheme throughout. Now, this is a room for sharing with a special someone, but that special someone can also be your best friend – the furry kind. The Langham’s smallest guests are given their own doggie bed, bowl and treats. You can’t bring in your Doberman but small to medium dogs are welcome and well looked after!
You’re guaranteed to have one pampered pup but they’re not the only ones who deserves some pampering. Head downstairs to the subterranean spa. The Observatory’s famous star-lit pool is just as lovely as always, while the day spa itself has been given a freshen up, with beautiful new treatment rooms and a few great additions to the spa menu. Splurge on a Champagne Pear massage – full body massage with Barbor Shaping Cream imbued with Vitamin C and Champagne pear. Go all out with the Champagne & Gold Indulgence and you get a glass of Laurent-Perrier too! Whatever you do, save some time for a few leisurely laps in the pool under the stars.
89-113 Kent St, The Rocks
(02) 9256 2222