Early 2020 AD. Timothy and I embark on a 21st century Odyssey. On the Majestic Princess from Sydney to New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji. Back to Sydney, then to Melbourne and flying back home.
For the last night on Australian soil we stayed at the Swissôtel Sydney, a new brand for both of us. It is located in the centre of Sydney close to the Town Hall and the famous Queen Victoria Building, on top of the Myers department store. The hotel lobby is located on the 8th floor of the building so we first had to take an elevator from the ground floor entrance.
We arrived late in the evening due to delays on our train from Melbourne to Sydney so check-in was very fast as hardly any one was around. We were allocated a room on the 11th floor and we both really liked the colour palette used in the room.
In the centre there was a big bed with a different design bedside table along each side however there where only power and USB plugs at one side, which was unfortunate.
The room also had a comfortable relaxing chair and a big desk to work on.
Personally I also really liked the design of the minibar which opened up nicely to display everything in it.
The bathroom was also big and nicely appointed with both a bath and a shower cabin.
The towels provided where wonderfully soft, some of the best I had in a hotel so far. The product on offer where nothing special but they got the job done and where still better than the big dispenser you sometimes get.
Thanks to my stays in Accor Hotels last year (like the wonderful Fairmont in Quebec) I made it to Gold status this year, as Swissôtel is part of the Accor chain I was given a complimentary welcome drinks voucher as perk of my status. We decided to have a late dinner drink in the bar, it is located in the main lobby but thanks to the use of pod style seating it provided a more intimate feeling. Timothy also tried out a dessert, some mini poached pears which where beautifully presented.
Due to our late arrival the pool and gym area was already closed at 21:00 so we couldn’t go for a quick splash before bedtime. Timothy however got up early in the morning to test out the fitness area adjacent to the outside heated pool. The facilities where basic but sufficient.
Breakfast was served in the restaurant adjacent to the lobby. There was a wide offer of cold and hot dishes and it featured an egg station that made eggs to your taste and order.
A unique feature they offered was a lower shelve directed to kids with kids juices and cereal and even their own bright coloured cups and dishes, it’s a nice way to make kids feel welcome.
Taste and quality of the food was good but unfortunately the hot food wasn’t really hot so that was a bit of a bummer.
All in all Timothy and I liked our first stay at a Swissôtel property and surely will stay at one of their other properties in the future.
Have you stayed at a Swissôtel before, and how do you rate them? Let us know in the comments below!