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The luxury of convenience at Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

2012/03/15by Donna Hull

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Can you believe the view from our Four Seasons Hotel Sydney room?

A luxury experience at Four Seasons Hotel Sydney is a given. After all, the Four Seasons brand is one of the most luxurious hotel chains in the travel industry. What else would a boomer traveler expect? When Alan and I stayed in this elegant high-rise hotel before our Seabourn Odyssey cruise through the South Pacific, we were wowed by the personal service and amenities. But it was the Four Seasons Sydney location that proved to be the most luxurious quality of all.

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Grand Premier Full Harbor View room. Photo courtesy Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

From the chaise lounge in our Grand Premier Full Harbor View room on the 33rd floor, we had a prime time seat for watching the action in the harbor or taking photos of the Sydney Opera House. It doesn’t get more convenient for a boomer photographer (Alan) or a tired boomer travel princess (me) who appreciated recovering from jet lag with a view. And waking up in the comfy, king-sized bed to that same stunning scene outside the corner windows helped eliminate the travel lethargy from the 13+ hour plane ride.

The generously proportioned room included a separate work area with double-sided desk and a rarity for hotel rooms—plentiful electrical outlets that are easy to access for charging laptops and camera battery chargers. And when the internet (unfortunately $25 a day) went on the fritz for a few hours, the accommodating staff had it up and running quickly—with apologies—although no apologies were necessary. That’s Four Seasons personal service for you.

After a very early check-in (thank you front desk staff) I quickly discovered the roomy, marble-tiled bath with large, walk-in shower and separate water closet. A long, hot soak in the oversized tub washed the travel grime away before our breakfast appointment with Mark of Travel Wonders of the World. And Four Seasons Hotel Sydney provides L’occtaine toiletries and a good hair dryer, a travel convenience that’s much appreciated by this travel princess.

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Wine and cheese welcome

During our stay, we had access to the Executive Club on the 32nd floor, which is well worth the extra cost. Alan and I enjoyed a hot breakfast of eggs cooked to order plus an assortment of hot and cold buffet items. In the late afternoons, we visited again for a quiet ending to our day with a glass of wine and canapés, which proved to be enough for dinner considering how confused our tummies were with the time change. Other Executive Club amenities include:

  • Beverages, fruit and bar snacks available all day
  • Complimentary garment pressing
  • Selection of daily newspapers and magazines
  • Spa reservations
  • Concierge services
  • Complimentary internet–high-speed and wireless in your room and also in the Executive Club

And about that spa, book a jet lag treatment as soon as you arrive. I’m living proof that it really does work.

Although Alan and I enjoyed the luxurious appointments, most of all we appreciated the luxury of convenience that the Four Seasons Sydney provided. Located in The Rocks section near downtown Sydney, our Four Seasons room was but a few blocks away from major Sydney tourist attractions like Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House.

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The elegant lobby. Photo courtesy Four Seasons Hotel Sydney.

Stepping out of the spacious lobby, a turn left took us to The Rocks and historic Sydney. To the right was downtown Sydney where we strolled along watching business types and shoppers going about their daily routines. Of course we had to stop for a flat white. And we can’t leave out the Four Seasons Sydney’s proximity to the Royal Botanic Gardens, a green oasis meant for long walks and taking in the view of the Sydney Opera House across the water—luxurious convenience indeed.

Have you stayed at the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney? Post a comment to share your experience. Next time, maybe you’ll be lucky enough to stay in a Deluxe Royal Suite like our friend Mary Gostelow of Girlahead.

Disclosure: A portion of our stay was provided by Four Seasons Hotel Sydney.

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A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of My Itchy Travel Feet: Breathtaking Adventure Vacation Ideas.

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Irene
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March 15, 2012 at 5:45 am

Sounds like a wonderful perch!

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Mark H March 15, 2012 at 1:09 pm

It certainly offers a great view of the Opera House. It is tricky to find a spot to perch over the opera house and show the wonderful detail of its roof.
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Heather
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March 18, 2012 at 7:01 pm

I love the Four Seasons. We won a trip to the one in Maui and the two on the island of Lanai. So luxurious and such superb service!
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Donna Hull
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March 24, 2012 at 9:16 am

Heather, you won a trip to Four Seasons Maui? Lucky you!

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