Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour

French elegance on Sydney’s waterfront

Sitting just feet away from the beautiful blue water of Sydney Harbour, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour is a luxurious new addition to the city’s hotel scene. There are few better places to soak up the Australian sunshine.

With modern meeting rooms and a postcard-worthy rooftop infinity pool overlooking the skyline, the hotel caters to both business and leisure trips.

If you’re looking to unwind after a long day, you’ve come to the right place. You can work on your tan while sipping cocktails from Le Rivage (the French Riviera-inspired poolside bar), pop a bottle of bubbles from Champagne Bar or peek at the city views from your oversized soaking tub found in many of the sophisticated rooms and suites.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Although Sydney boasts world-famous beaches, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour’s rooftop infinity pool allows you to try out the local outdoor life without leaving the city limits.
  • Lovers of bubbles stuff will feel right at home at this luxury hotel’s Champagne Bar, one of the largest lounges dedicated to the French specialty in the city. With more than 30 vintages on offer (not to mention sparkling tipples), you’ll be spoiled for choice.
  • With palatial daybeds, blue- and white-striped details, flowing cocktails and sunshine, Le Rivage Pool Bar transports you to a chic Mediterranean beach club.
  • The Darling Harbour hotel combines Sofitel’s signature French elegance with Sydney’s laid-back lifestyle. The interiors are light and bright with floor-to-ceiling windows, giving you ample opportunity to enjoy the sunshine and the stunning skyline vistas.
  • The fact that the property isn’t in the heart of Sydney is a bonus. You can enjoy a serene retreat by day and visit the lively city center by night — it’s only a short walk away along the scenic harbor.

Things to Know

  • Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour is positioned next to the city’s new exhibition and convention center, so if there happens to be a major event in town, the hotel is likely to be sold out, or at the very least, busy.
  • A Club Level accommodation is worth the splurge. On the 35th floor, the exclusive Club Millesime provides a prime perch for catching up on work, taking in the view or unwinding with a drink.
  • Thanks to recent revitalization of the area, there is a now a boulevard running from the luxury hotel into Surry Hills, Sydney’s cultural heart and local hot spot. Some of the city’s best cafés, boutiques and restaurants are only a short walk or Uber away.
  • The property is on the doorstep of a walking trail that leads under the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Sydney Opera House. There is also a ferry that takes you along the same path, in case you forgot to pack your walking shoes.

The Rooms

  • Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour’s 590 rooms and 35 suites all feature contemporary chic décor with artistic French accents, like plush window seats with colorful throw pillows, fresh flowers and modern objets d’art.
  • Whether you opt for the cozy Superior Room or the expansive 1,205-square-foot Bellerive Suite fitted with a separate living room, dining room and butler's pantry, you can be sure that the stellar city views take center stage through floor-to-ceiling windows.
  • Many of the rooms in this Sydney hotel provide large bathtubs with sweeping vistas of the harbor — a great place to soak while taking in the city’s twinkling city lights after sundown.
  • The property is far enough away from the hustle and bustle that you’re more likely to get a good night’s sleep, especially thanks to Sofitel’s signature MyBed mattresses, pillows and linens found in each of the accommodations.

The Restaurants

  • If you’re craving French flavors, look no further than Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour’s Atelier. Here, you’ll find Mediterranean cuisine prepared with fresh Australian produce — try the bouillabaisse or prawns a la Provençale for an authentic taste of the hotel brand’s homeland.
  • Don’t skip dessert at Atelier, where classic French confections are the order of the day. You might nibble on a cocoa nib crème brûlée or an espresso sponge cake topped with Frangelico-infused cream.
  • Le Rivage is where you can have more casual cuisine and masterfully mixed cocktails while earning yourself a tan by the luxury hotel’s glistening infinity pool.
  • The ground-floor Esprit Noir is the place for a drink at the end of the day. Dine on light bites, such as a French and Australian cheese board, while sipping a Noisette Espresso Martini, a dark and rich libation worth lingering over.

24-hour room service
Meeting rooms
Outdoor pool
Getting There
12 Darling Drive, Sydney, 2000 Australia
SYD (16-26 min)  
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