The end of this year will see a lot of exciting hotel news from the Land of Oz, starting this month with the opening of The Darling, a new five-star hotel on the grounds of Star City, a massive hotel and entertainment complex on Sydney’s Darling Harbour. The 171 rooms and suites are designed for relaxation, yet are in close proximity to the city center and the more than 20 restaurants and other sources of entertainment on the property.
Over at the Park Hyatt, in Sydney’s historic Rocks District, extensive renovations are expected to be finished by the end of the year, including a full refurbishment of all the exterior space and the rooms, as well as the construction of new suites. A showcase for the work of prominent Australian artists, like painter Tim Johnson and photographer Robert Billington, is being built.
For those who thrive in smaller, friendlier climes, The Observatory is a classically-styled, extremely elegant boutique hotel that lives up to the hype. With a brand-new general manager and a brand-new entry onto the Conde Nast Traveller Gold List (the only Australian hotel in 2011), the 78 rooms and 22 suites are just minutes from the central business district.