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The Swiss˘tel Sydney

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by Justine Crowley (subscribe)
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Published September 2nd 2012
Swiss service at its best

The Swissotel along Market Street Sydney is just stunning. If you get a chance to stay at this hotel at least once, just go ahead and do it. The location is just perfect. You're a block away from recently developed Pitt Street Mall. That means you can enjoy the finest fashion and food at Westfield Sydney. This area of the city is also home to two leading department stores, David Jones and Myer.

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A glimpse of the check in desk neat the lifts to the rooms
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Near the elevators to the check in area

This is swiss hospitality at its best. As you enter in from the Market Street entrance, an enthusiastic porter greets you. Regardless as to your purpose for coming to this hotel, you need to use the elevators, and this is where the Swiss magic begins to take hold.

I have been to this hotel a number of times to attend a few seminars and conferences. The entrance to the conference area is stunning. Plush carpets and an abundance of space for networking. It's beautiful. Why? You're in an enclosed area away from the checking in area. You might find the piano playing at times. As you head inside the conferencing area, the space and the lighting is impressive once more. The heating is never an issue either.

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Glimpses of their stylish elevators
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Some of the decor

Crossroads Bar is also just stunning. Peaceful ambience and snacks that aren't too heavy on the stomach. You can easily become relaxed. Beautiful decor once more. From first hand experience in attending a few conferences in the past, there would be a lot to look forward to when it comes to the rooms.

I was in luck. I technically stayed in the hotel, although the booking wasn't made in my name. My boyfriend at the time had to come into town to do some business, and he chose to stay at this hotel. He booked into a standard room, and we had views of Market Street right near the St George Bank on the corner. Even though the end of the hotel he stayed at was right alongside the Monorail line, the noise was not an issue.

swiss˘tel hotel - one of the delightful rooms at the Swissotel

swiss˘tel hotel - the beds on one of the rooms for the kids

This end of the city usually has a lot of construction work going on, and from his room (situated in the mid point) you would barely hear anything. The view is glorious at night. Peeking out towards the Queen Victoria Building and Darling Harbour was just stunning. Despite having stayed in a standard room, my verdict was spot on: the room is spacious. Beautiful white linen and a creme coloured ambience. Simple but delightful.

If you're a theatre goer, the State Theatre is right across the road. If fine food is your thing, then you will love spending a bit of time in the Foodhall area at David Jones.

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An awesome bar is sitting right behind this decor
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Spacious and comfortable conference facilities at this hotel

Pitt Street Mall (right behind the hotel) is home to some free musical entertainment. If you choose to stay at the hotel to make a night out of it, then why not visit the annual Vogue's Fashion Night Out. This is where music, alcohol and shopping mix. From October 2012, Topshop will be right across the road.

If peace and serenity is you thing, walk another couple of blocks and you will find yourself at Hyde Park. This is where the annual City 2 Surf participants begin their race every year, and is also home to the Night Noodle Markets as part of the Crave Sydney International Food Festival every October. Hyde Park is also home to some entertainment for Australia Day and when the Sydney Festival is on in the earlier months.

swiss˘tel hotel - the pool area...bliss...
Find yourself in this area in March, and get in early for the annual Mardi Gras parade. From the Swiss˘tel you're only two blocks away. You're not too far away from the cinemas or Darling Harbour either. Their fitness and pool facilities are apparently quite good. I have found this hotel to be a great place to attend conferences at.

It will be interesting to see how things will fare for this hotel with QT Sydney opening shortly (as at the time of writing this) to coincide with Topshop opening. This will give interstate and international guests another option with a new hotel opening right across the road in this historical Gowings building. Only time will tell. Their rates (at this stage) will be quite similar. Naturally, due to the central location - top rates are called for, yet (in my boyfriends, now ex-boyfriends opinion) he found the rates he paid to be so worth it. The service here is top notch.
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Why? Swiss service and a quality 5-star hotel and conference centre in a central location
When: When you need to stay at a hotel in the city centre
Phone: 02 9238 8888
Where: Swissotel Sydney
Cost: From $384 per person per night, depending on when you make your booking
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