Trip Report: Australia (part 16) Park Hyatt Sydney

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Introduction
British Airways First Class Lounge O’Hare
Cathay Pacific First Class ORD-HKG
Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Tsim Sha Tsui
Cathay Pacific’s The Wing First Class Lounge HKG
Cathay Pacific Regional Business Class HKG-KUL
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Around Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge KUL
Malaysia Airlines Business Class KUL-MEL
Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne
Australia Open Day One (2nd round of tourney)
Around Melbourne
Great Ocean Road Excursion
Australian Open Day Two (4th round of tourney)
Park Hyatt Sydney
Sydney Opera House Tour
Bondi Beach
Qantas Domestic Business Lounge SYD
Qantas Domestic Business Class SYD-BNE
Qantas Business Class BNE-LAX
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Park Hyatt Sydney

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Park Hyatt Sydney exterior

We arrived in Sydney on Jan 26th which is Australia Day. It is a big national holiday down under and so the hotel staff was in communication with me via email a few days prior to our arrival.  The reason for the correspondence is that many of the roads were going to be blockaded due to holiday events and parades.  In fact guests that were checking out the morning of Australia Day where accommodated on a boat and shuttled over to the other side of the harbour.   I found the pro-activeness of the staff to be great in this regard. There were temporary road closures in the Rocks and Circular Quay and Sydney Harbour but they were to be completed around 12noon. We were slated to check in closer to 1pm.

It was recommended to take a taxi to the property (I was willing to pay for a private transfer through the hotel if provided but strangely they didn’t seem to partner with a transportation company or limo service) by the hotel which was fine and easy enough from the airport.  The only problem was our taxi driver seemed to speak limited English and was strangely unprepared for road closures throughout the city.  He tried several routes finally getting us very close to the property but was met by a blockade.  He said this is as close as he can get and we can walk the rest of the way about 10 minutes to the hotel.  WHAT?!  My wife had to calm me down.  Why wouldn’t the taxi driver simply drive up to the manned blockade and advise he is transporting two Park Hyatt guests to the property????  I asked him to call the property to get clearance to come through. He played dumb thus my wife (not wanting me to get angrier than I already was) exited the taxi and asked the men standing near the blockade if we can come through as Park Hyatt guests and they let us right through.

After that small snafu we arrived and were welcomed with open arms by the wonderful bell staff.  They knew our names and grabbed our bags and we were shown inside to the front desk.

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Park Hyatt Sydney exterior

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Park Hyatt Sydney exterior

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Park Hyatt Sydney front desk

We were checked in smoothly and efficiently. We were thanked for being Hyatt Platinum members. They confirmed our three nights in a Park King room. I asked the occupancy rate and the front desk gentleman said almost full. We were then given our room keys and on our way.


Park Hyatt Sydney Park King Room 304

After our four previous nights in Melbourne at the Radisson the Park Hyatt Sydney was a MAJOR upgrade and we were happy about it!  When we opened the door to our room my wife was relieved and smiling as she has quietly become a hotel snob. This hotel is a winner in any hotel snobs book!  We found our lead in Park King room to be spacious, immaculate and aesthetically very “clean” yet “warm”.

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Our room 304 entrance

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Hallway outside our room

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Park Hyatt Sydney floor plan

The bathroom was large and had a separate tub and shower. The room was covered in marble and in good condition. The Park Hyatt Sydney stocks Le Labo bathroom amenities and toiletries which are greatly appreciated as Le Labo makes quality products. Water pressure was great and towels were fluffy! The drawers were stocked with any type of toiletry need from toothbrushes to sewing kit to an actual shave kit with foaming shaving cream!

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Park Hyatt Sydney bathroom

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Park Hyatt Sydney bathtub

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Park Hyatt Sydney bathroom

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Park Hyatt Sydney shower

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Park Hyatt Sydney bathroom

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Park Hyatt Sydney bathroom

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Park Hyatt Sydney toliet

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Park Hyatt Sydney complimentary bathroom toiletries 

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Park Hyatt Sydney Le Labo hand soap

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Park Hyatt Sydney Le Labo shower amenities

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Park Hyatt Sydney Le Labo soap and Fig & Olive bath salts

The closet area is tucked away next to the bathroom entrance which is nice as it keeps our baggage tucked away out of view of the main area of the room.  The closet was plenty spacious for us. Mirroring the closet was the safe and iron and ironing board.

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Park Hyatt Sydney closet space

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Park Hyatt Sydney closet area

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Park Hyatt Park King room entry

The bed was super comfy and the pillows even more so.  The window blinds were automated and controlled by buttons bedside.  We didn’t have a view of the iconic Sydney Opera House but we did have a great view of the park and the Sydney Harbour Bridge instead which was neat and satisfied us.  The room has North American power outlets under the TV in a pull out drawer which is always appreciated for charging our devices.  We found the wifi to be fast and consistent during our stay using it both on our phones and laptop.

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Park Hyatt Sydney king bed

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Park Hyatt Sydney Park King room

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Park Hyatt Sydney Park King room seating area

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Park Hyatt Sydney Park King room seating area and window area

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Lovely view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from our Park King room at the Park Hyatt Sydney

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Notice the group of bridge walkers nearing the top of the bridge

The living area of the room was fully carpeted contained what we thought to be a nice couch for lounging and looking out the window.  The table in the room in which we had some meals allowed for great views out to the park.  Our room key had the name of the property on one side (which is appreciated and makes it a keeper in my collection) and a micro view of the some of the bridgework from the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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Park Hyatt Sydney Park King room

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Park Hyatt Sydney room key

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Australia Day events, road closures, and parking instructions for our arrival day

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Park Hyatt Sydney Park King room TV area

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Park Hyatt Sydney Park King room electrical outlet hub and power center

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Park Hyatt Sydney Mini bar snacks

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Park Hyatt Sydney mini bar selection

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Park Hyatt Sydney mini bar selection with complimentary bottled water

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Park Hyatt Sydney mini bar and stemware

For added detail and room flow please view a video walkthrough of our room below:

 

Food and Beverage

We partook in a few dining experiences while on property.  On our first afternoon after checking in we sat at The Living Room and were shown to a great table with great views of the Sydney Harbour and the Opera house.

One should typically have a reservation for their popular Afternoon Tea service however I asked the server if it was still available as we had no reservations for the Afternoon Tea.  He did check in the kitchen and was happy to delight me and indeed offer me the Afternoon Tea.  I choose the Champagne edition of course as I was thirsty from our morning travels.  I must give kudos to the young gentleman that waited on us as he was absolutely STELLAR.  He provided such excellent service, very proper but helpful and helped my wife with a recommendation as well.  He was really on top of his game and much appreciated.

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Afternoon Tea menu
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My wife prior to our lunch at the Park Hyatt Sydney

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Myself enjoying some Moet Rose’, notice the Sydney Opera house in the background

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Australian day party goer walking outside (view from our table during Afternoon Tea)

The views were great and it was also a great table for people watching as people walked down the docks in the light rain to celebrate Australian Day festivities.  We had a delightful meal as we relaxed the afternoon away prior to going to our room.  The food selections for my Afternoon Tea were scrumptious and the Champagne was a great accompaniment.  Afternoon Tea is served from 2:30pm-5pm

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Park Hyatt Sydney Afternoon Tea, sweet selections

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Park Hyatt Sydney Afternoon Tea, Savory selections

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My wife enjoying the views out to the harbour at the Park Hyatt Sydney during lunch

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Crab or lobster wrap lunch selection for my wife 

My wife choose a seafood wrap which she enjoyed along with her fries.  Our waiter did mention it was his favorite option for lunch as well.  I shared one of my biscuits from my Afternoon Tea with my wife for her dessert.

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Vintage vessel in the Sydney harbour during our Afternoon Tea

Due to the weather and my wife’s varying degrees of fatigue we did order a few room service meals during our stay at the Park Hyatt Sydney.  One afternoon we had lunch which consisted of a club sandwich with fries and a Caesar Salad which was good however my wife wasn’t aware it was served with anchovies.

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Club Sandwich with fries

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Caesar Salad with anchovies

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Our room service lunch with views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

We also decided to order room service for breakfast on one morning which turned out to be great.  A very nicely prepared breakfast with nice presentation.  I had the french toast and smoothie while my wife chose the pancakes with berries.

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Brioche French Toast with caramelised banana and mixed fruit with a banana smoothie

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The lovely Brioche French Toast selection at the Park Hyatt Sydney

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Buttermilk Pancakes with berries, double cream and maple syrup

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My wife’s pancake breakfast at the Park Hyatt Sydney

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Our room service breakfast at the Park Hyatt Sydney with nice views out to the Sydney Harbour bridge

The full living room and room service breakfast menu can be found here.  In general we found the food to be well made and tasted very good. We did not have a chance to eat at the more formal The Dining Room venue that the property offers. I will admit the menu did look good at The Dining Room however we did not want to spend over $200 for meals not including beverages.  I would definitely encourage anyone staying here to try a meal or two!  Another positive is breakfast is served from 6am-11:00am for those that like to sleep in a bit. (Also note we ate at a few other local food establishments that were recommended by the Park Hyatt Sydney concierge staff.  The “Fine Food Company” is a good spot for breakfast. “The Cut Bar and Grill” for steak and “Fish at The Rocks” is a must do for seafood lovers, get the John Dory!)

Fitness Center

The fitness center was just down the hall from our room.  It turned out to be convenient as there is a mini refrigerator there in which we could grab cold bottle waters at our leisure.  We didn’t actually use the fitness center to work out but it did look to be in great shape and had everything one would need to complete a productive workout.

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Park Hyatt Sydney Fitness Center

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Park Hyatt Sydney Fitness Center

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Park Hyatt Sydney Fitness Center

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Park Hyatt Sydney Fitness Center complimentary bottled water

 

Rooftop Pool

The property has a wonderful rooftop pool area! Unfortunately for us it rained all three and a half days we had in Sydney and didn’t have the chance to enjoy it!  The pool area also has great views of the Sydney Harbour.   The pool closes at night around dark or 9pm when we were there.  I tried to stop up to view the Australia Day fireworks but the door was locked. Another guest had the same idea but I advised the door is locked and pool is closed for the night.

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Park Hyatt Sydney rooftop pool

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Park Hyatt Sydney rooftop pool loungers

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Park Hyatt Sydney rooftop hot tub 

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Park Hyatt Sydney rooftop pool

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Park Hyatt Sydney rooftop pool loungers and views

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My wife on the Park Hyatt Sydney pool deck with the Sydney Opera House in the background

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View from the Park Hyatt rooftop deck

Around the Property

The Park Hyatt Sydney has two house cars on offer.  Both late edition Audi A8’s.  A great car for a great hotel, how appropriate! We were offered a free ride to dinner one evening at “The Fish on the Rocks” and it was appreciated.

The Park Hyatt Sydney is located in a great location right on the Sydney Harbour with views of the Opera House on one side and Harbour Bridge on the other.  It’s also located in an interesting area of Sydney named The Rocks.  A very walkable area with lots of shops and dining options.

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Park Hyatt Sydney house car, Audi A8

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Park Hyatt Sydney complimentary house car, Audi A8 interior

The location is so good on the water that cruise ships dock nearby to share the view to the Opera House and bridge.

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Views from the Park Hyatt Sydney

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Views from the Park Hyatt Sydney

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Views from the Park Hyatt Sydney

The bellmen offered us complimentary Park Hyatt Sydney labeled umbrellas whenever we left the property due to the rain and poor weather.  They also offered us complimentary waters and were very quick in assisting for a cab when needed.

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My wife holding her Park Hyatt Sydney provided umbrella to keep us out of the rain

The Park Hyatt Sydney is well regarded as the number one luxury hotel option in Sydney.  That cannot be said for every Park Hyatt but it is in Sydney! I can see why the property receives so many accolades and I would agree they are well deserved!  We enjoyed our stay at this Park Hyatt even more than our stay at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome in 2014.  The property gets it right pretty much all across the board.  We would love to return and if ever in Sydney again it will be our top choice.  Thanks to the staff for a lovely stay.


PointsPinnacle Breakdown

We found big value in using our points and free night certificates for our three night stay at the Park Hyatt Sydney.  I redeemed 30,000 Hyatt points for our first night.  I had my wife apply for the Chase Hyatt Visa card in early December and we used the two free night certificates she earned by meeting the $1000 minimum spending requirement (within 3 months) right away. She then received the free night certificates in early January (cutting it close) so that we could redeem them for our specific nights.

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Our first night booked using 30,000 Hyatt Gold Passport from my Hyatt account

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Our 2nd and 3rd nights FREE booked using my wife’s free night certificates

Park Hyatt Sydney $ rate
Cheapest possible rooms I could actually book on Hyatt.com were $685USD per night

Park Hyatt Syd $ total
Grand total for our three nights if booked through Hyatt.com was $2052 USD

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Lowest possible rate I found elsewhere was $615/night or $2028 for our three nights

So you can see in the end my wife’s free night certificates were equal to  60,000 Hyatt points (2 nights * 30,000 points per night for this property).  In total then 90,000 points used.  Those 90,000 points saved us over $2000 USD!

Please let me know if you have any questions about the property or stay! Have you stayed at the Park Hyatt Sydney? What were your thoughts?

-pointspinnacle


 

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