Update: The Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour has been rebranded to the Hyatt Regency Sydney.
The Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour was the first stay that I have had in the Four Points by Sheraton brand. While I was initially a little skeptical about the property, I grew to love it - in fact I actually prefer it to some other higher-tier properties that Starwood has. Firstly, a little bit of fun fact - the Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour is Australia's largest hotel (based on room inventory) - 862 rooms and 30 suites! Since the hotel is currently going through some major refurbishment works (the rooms are new!), the lobby is actually quite small and it may get pretty busy during peak hours. With that being said however, there is a good system in place and the queue tends to move on pretty quickly.
The hotel is conveniently located along Sussex St and it is walkable to most attractions within the city centre. While I have actually opted for a Premium City Side Room (lead-in room category since it was business travel), I was upgraded into the next room category (Premium Harbour View Room) for being an SPG Gold Member - on this note, remember you can easily get SPG Gold with just ONE qualifying stay (instead of 10)! Upon entering the room, I was greeted with the post amazing view of the Darling Harbour - one that I really did fall in love with. I mean, I would totally just sit by the window and watch people (and boats) go by if I could!
The Premium Harbour View Room that I stayed in was not particularly big. According to the website, these rooms are approximately 29-30 sqm in size. Still, I love the simplicity of the room with the contemporary furniture and warm room tones. Needless to say, the chair by the window was where I spent most of my time in the room. There is also a large work desk (which I actually did spend significant amount of time preparing for a meeting in Auckland the following week) and access to wireless High Speed Internet Access to make working a breeze. The room also had all the necessary comforts - large LCD flat screen TV with cable channels, a mini-bar that was pretty well-stocked as well as basic coffee and tea-making facilities (no Nespresso machine though!).
Oh and if you still aren't sold about the view, here's another photo to go mad over. I actually arrived in Sydney on an incredibly sunny and hot day (43 degree Celcius!) so the weather looks charming outside but I assure you those glass windows did not help to cool my room at all. Still, I had zero complaints when I realised my room had this view. If you are looking for some place to eat, there are plenty of restaurants in the area - along the harbour or city-side. If you are looking for some place to visit, the Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney Aquarium and Sydney Wildlife World are all within walking distance.
As an SPG Gold member, I was also given a box of delicious cookies as a Welcome Amenity - one that I was quick to devour. There was also a printed note to welcome me to the property. One of the things I really appreciated at the Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour was how well they treat their elite members (even though I was just a lowly Gold!). In fact, even though the hotel was running at really high occupancy, I was given the option to check out at 4PM (as per SPG Gold benefits) when I was checking-in - I did not accept their generosity this time though as I had a morning flight to catch.
The Premium Harbour View Room that I was in also had an iPhone®/iPad® dock for music and charging - unfortunately this was a little bit dated and it was not compatible with the newer Lightning connection. The signature Four Points bed (being my first experience in it) was a delight to sleep in. To be honest, with a little more sprucing, this property could potentially pass off as a Westin. Power sockets were also found beside both sides of the bed - something I appreciate greatly since it allows me to use my power-hungry devices before bed (and still keep them charged for the day ahead!).
The bathroom of the Premium Harbour View Room is pretty basic so don't expect to find a deep-soaking tub here. In fact, considering how expensive land space is in the city centre, it is not uncommon to find hotels with basic bathrooms. Still, with that being said, I thought that apart from the awkward toilet roll position (which left-handers may appreciate), the bathroom was decent and simple. Water pressure and temperature was consistent and good - all you need to wash away all the grit that came with the 43 degree Celcius weather.
Bathroom amenities were provided by the Four Points by Sheraton (in-house brand) but I did like how light and zesty it was though! Nothing exciting but I simply can't fault it for the price that I have paid for this beautiful property.
The Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour was a nice surprise to me - I did not think I would like it very much initially but I really did love it. The location of this property is amazing (with an incredible view to boot) - close enough to the city centre (approximately 400-500m away) to do all your shopping but far enough to escape the congestion and everything crazy that goes with the city on a Friday night.
The rooms at the property are also reasonably priced (especially when you consider how much is every other property in the area charging) but I have seen the rates fluctuate over AUD 200 during the peak seasons. Would I stay at the Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour again? Definitely and I simply can't wait to see what the property looks like once the rest of the refurbishment is done!