Sparkling harbor views in Sydney
171 Rooms / 57 Suites
The Darling in Sydney’s bustling Pyrmont neighborhood pairs upscale living with attentive service, making this boutique hotel popular with those who want a stylish, comfortable stay in the Aussie city.
At 170 rooms, the luxury feels big but not too big — a plus considering the hotel is part of The Star resort, a large complex that houses trendsetting restaurants, shops, bars and cafes. The stunning marble lobby with soaring ceilings and a black, gray and red palette feels glamorous but not overindulgent. And with a cutting-edge gym and world-class spa, The Darling has a lot more to offer than the typical boutique hotel.
From the standard rooms to the five top-floor penthouses, all of The Darling’s guest rooms have floor-to-ceiling views, spacious walk-in closets, marble bathrooms with his-and-hers sinks, rain showerheads and large spa baths. The high-tech control system allows you to perfect your comfort level — from adjusting temperatures to dimming lights — with a single device. The décor is contemporary but not serene with neutral-hued furnishings and subdued pops of purple.
The suites are worth the splurge. Not only do they have the best views of Sydney and the harbor from the upper floors, they also have private foyers that open to a large living space. The sweeping vistas carry on from the living and dining areas, into the bedroom and even bathroom where you can relax in a soaking tub and enjoy unrestricted vistas.
Located in the hotel’s lobby, Sokyo is Sydney meets Tokyo. With chef Chase Kojima at the helm of the restaurant serving modern Asian fusion, hotel guests and Sydney elite visit Sokyo for its fresh sushi, sashimi and nigiri. The restaurant also hosts the city’s only Japanese fusion breakfast menu. Eggs Benedict come with miso hollandaise and ponzu pearls, pancakes turn green with a delicious matcha twist and the country’s famed “big Aussie breakfast” becomes the “Sumo Breakfast” with Japanese sausage and tempura hash browns.
Connected to the Sydney hotel and within The Star complex are a slew of dining establishments, including a handful of signature fine-dining spots. Acclaimed chef David Chang opened a Momofuku Seiobo here that concentrates on local Australian fare; Ballo offers modern Italian in a dining room with soaring floor-to-ceiling windows; Black by Ezard is a top-notch Australian grill; and The Century is a sleek outpost of Sydney’s perennially popular Chinatown flagship.
The Darling Spa offers a full menu of facials, massages, body wraps. It has partnered with luxury skincare brands La Prairie and ESPA for ultra-luxe pampering. The large spa holds 11 treatment rooms, two couples suites, a Moroccan hammam, a steam room and a saltwater Jacuzzi.
Open to hotel and spa guests, the outdoor pool is a private oasis featuring a large sundeck, hot tub and pool bar open in the summer. During the warmer months, you also can receive spa treatments on the pool deck.
The Darling’s gym is kitted out with the latest fitness technology. You have access to ellipticals, treadmills and bikes, plus a Kinesis wall, all made by Italian wellness company Technogym. The machines feature tablets instead of screens with which you can sync Bluetooth devices and take yourself anywhere by selecting one of the programmed views.
Sydney hosts one of the most impressive firework displays in the world for New Year’s Eve, and at The Darling, you’ll have a front row seat. The five penthouses are ideal for a romantic New Year’s getaway with large tubs looking out over the harbor — a unique way to ring in the holiday with your loved one, champagne in hand.
The rooms can also host a party. A large living space, full kitchen and views from the Harbour Bridge to Sydney Tower make for a night to remember. Rooms can be set up to your needs, wants and desires, each with its own optional private gaming area for high rollers. One of the penthouses also has its own karaoke room.