The Langham, Sydney
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I went to wonderful sunny Sydney, Australia to go and explore what they have to offer. The trip was long but after arriving at the Kingsford Smith International Airport and checking into The Observatory Hotel, I went out to tour the Sydney Opera House to see a great and wonderful sight. I was amazed by all the performing arts they have to …
We asked at Noosa how long it would take to drive to Brisbane airport. The replies varied from 1.5 hrs to 3 hrs. This all depended on the weather and the accidents on the Bruce highway. So we left early it poured most of the way and there was one accident ,a car in the fast lane which we just avoided. Despite all this fun we arrived in good time …
Is it just me or does st. patrick's day seem like forever ago??? well it pretty much was considering theres a new adventure here every day or so it seems. so last i left you i was gearing up for st patty's day and let me tell you...that is quite the holiday here. we got into the city at a ripe early 8 pm and there were lines like crazy everywhere. …
... him. Missed him so much and I think he really missed us.
11/09/2013:Left Kath's and headed for Mike's place at Nabiac to pick up Christine- the caravan. We had a good 3 days with Mike and Patrick. I helped with packing the eggs while Gary worked on the van, no lights and no brakes. He managed to get the lights working after a long, frustrating time but the brakes were another story. Luckily the mechanic passed ...
... it which isn't good - too hard to resist. When we got back to our hotel room, it was time to go and do some more washing at the laundromat to freshen our clothes up before Greece. At 4.30pm the bus was leaving to take us into Lucca which is another lovely town/village about 30 minutes away. We had a walking tour around the town with a local guide which ended with a drink and nibbles at a local restaurant. We then had free time to go and ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Langham, Sydney
It was a wonderful hote, that had great service. It is very close from the airport I took to Sydney.
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Langham, Sydney
One of the greats...
I stayed at The Observatory twice last year and both times were wonderful experiences. How many hotels do you stay in where the key staff address you by your name when they see you in passing? This hotel is small, elegant and much like staying at a private club. The rooms are beautifully furnished with antiques and lovely accesories. The Japanese/French fusion restaurant is outstanding and the staff very friendly (and more than happy to talk to a lonely business traveller). Finally the hotels breakfast is the best, particularly the eggs benedict!
We just returned from a two week vacation to Australia. The last four nights of the trip were spent at the Observatory Hotel in Sydney. Our experience at this hotel was beyond "excellent". In every encounter the staff provided a high standard of service with a personalized touch. Without exception this level of service was provided throughout the hotel (concierge, reception, dining, bar, health club, housekeeping/laundry and the management). In most cases we were addressed by name without having to provide a room number to prompt the recognition. We found the Observatory to be the perfect alternative to the larger downtown hotels. It is a smaller hotel that provides comfort, personality and great proximity to the city sites.
After hearing a lot of good reviews about this hotel, my husband and I booked a room (via a last minute website). This was supposed to be our last big spendup before moving interstate. When we got there we were treated contemptuosly by the check-in staff (presumably because we had left our gucci casual wear at home!). Our bags were taken to our room by a man who didn't smile or offer any conversation, so in return he stood waiting for a tip we didn't give him. The room was very nice, the bathroom was fantastic. I barely got an inch of sleep however as the bed was so soft that I sank into it and couldn't move. Our room actually had two single beds pushed together to make a double bed. Another disappointment was the view from our room - facing outwards on the street to look at the tennis court. I would never ever waste that amount of money to stay there again.
I was somewhat surprised at This hotel - it's reputation is undeserved..........
Classy but unpretentious
We were fortunate (like others it seems) to have our booking upgraded to a junior suite at no extra charge.
Like other reviewers we found the level of service excellent. From room service to dinner and breakfast staff were attentive, friendly and very helpful (without exception).
The hotel is classy but unpretentious and just a short stroll (10-15 minutes) away from Circular Quay (it was nice to be in a relatively quiet area but still be so close to the heart of this beautiful city).
I think we've been well and truly spoilt now and when we return to this great city i think it would be hard to find a more relaxing and charming hotel.
I'm more than happy to recommend it to other visitors
Let the service speak for itself, the concierge greeted me at the door and took my luggage away without me even having to look them in the eye, I was given a complimentary upgrade to a suite without anyone even mentioning this. I was then personally taken up to my room and given a small tour of the facilities and greeted with complimentary strawberries with icing sugar. The room was spectacular, the bathroom unbelievable, the dual shower heads were fantastic, twin sinks and a gorgeous bath. Turn down service also was a nice touch, they even replaced the used towels with fresh towels, laid out my slippers on a small mat next to the bed. The staff were fantastic, dinner was of a good standard at the Galileo. Albeit a touch pricey but nonetheless good food.
Sadly, this hotel lives up to neither its price nor its reputation. We stayed for 2 nights recently on the basis that it was THE premier hotel in Sydney, and, incidentally, charged accordingly. How wrong it is to judge on this basis. I'll try and do my review in order.
Have seen better
This is an expensive hotel in a small quiet street 15 minutes walk from the harbour. Concierges were excellent and helpful, rest of staff not very good. Luxury room had excellent beds, was quiet, and bathroom superb apart from 3 lights whose bulbs were not replaced for three nights we were there. Showers are best I have ever had. Bedspread and upholstery had stains, walls had scratch marks, would be OK in cheaper hotel, but not at these prices. Complimentary breakfast buffet was bit of a shambles - only toast we could get was white bread, dishes running out were not filled. The 5 small strawberries on sugared dish to greet us summed up the hotel - ridiculous pretentiousness but not real attention to detail.
Classy, understated service
This is the place to stay in Sydney. The excellent location is within strolling distance to The Rocks' eateries, shops & bars, the Opera House, the ferry landings. Found the hotel & rooms beautifully appointed and the staff would do anything for you. Got a package that included breakfast buffet in the Galileo Restaurant which is excellent.
An Orient Express Hotel, it's well worth the pricey rates for those who want the best!
The BEST in Sydney
I had the good fortune not only to stay here, but to live a mere half block away for about four years. The "O" is a jewel. It's not the high-rise with the harbour views and such, it is just the best hotel in Sydney, in Australia, and maybe in the South Pacific.