If you always thought that the Star (City) is only about the casino, then you might want to read through this to discover what else the Star has to offer.
The Star complex is home to 2 hotels, Astral Tower and The Darling, NSW's only casino, two onsite theatres, a nightclub, restaurants and bars. Of the hotels, Astral Tower and Residences offers self contained service apartments with wide city views. Located right at the heart at Pyrmont, close to the city and CBD, it is well suited for travellers and those who are here on business. The Pyrmont bay ferry is available very close to the Star and that can take you to Circular Quay or Milsons Point.
The Darling at the Star has over a hundred luxury rooms that are very tastefully done. A perfect way to celebrate a happy occasion or a romantic get away. The hotel often runs promotions and has outstanding deals that includes a standard room, 2 cocktails at the bar, breakfast the next morning and free onsite parking. If you are there to celebrate an event, make sure you let the staff know for the extra special touch to their service. You might be pleasantly surprised with chocolates, a bottle of wine or even better a room upgrade!
You will find the rooms spotless and spacious. A good range of essential bath products is available (Molton Brown), free wi-fi and an amazing breakfast-in-bed service that you can place an order for until 2 am the previous night. Be sure to try the Nespresso coffee in the rooms.
The hotel bars and restaurants are simply awesome. Sokyo is a Japanese restaurant at the star and best known for its dim ambience and exceptional food. The cocktails at Sokyo lounge are unusual. Try some of the lychee and chilli infused cocktails or you can enjoy the $5 happy hour on weekdays.
Another personal favourite is the Garden Buffet, which is a casual dining restaurant with a truly wide variety of choice. It is priced at $30 for a lunch during the week and $37 for the weekend lunch – surely every penny's worth. The long queues outside the buffet during weekends speaks for its self, be sure to get there early.
If you are looking for something more classy than casual dining, you can also try Momofuku, by award winning chef David Chang.
Cafe court located on level G of the Star is home to iconic names like Adriano Zumbo, Din Tai Fung and Dergah Grill. Zumbo, whose macaroons need no introduction, has a Patisserie and a Dessert train. Sydney's most famous dumpling house is also here, probably easier to get a seat here than wait for half hour at World Square.
Entertainment at the Star is in plenty. Enjoy a show at the Lyric Theatre or just gambling at the casino. If gambling is not your thing there is a nightclub at the Star called Marquee. It's got some of the best DJs, but be prepared to spend for cover charge depending on who the DJ is.
Both the hotels are located close to the city's main landmarks and CBD including Darling Harbour, Chinatown and the Maritime Museum. It is also walking distance from Pyrmont Bridge. The Sydney Fish markets are a 10 minute walk if you like seafood. There are a couple of local supermarkets close by that you can get your daily needs from.
Overall, the Star has an entire experience within itself, waiting to be enjoyed.