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Inside the Park Hyatt Sydney’s Luxurious Sydney Suite

Round Bathtub complete with Aesop amenities

Ever wonder what the best suite in the hotel looks like? I always do. That’s why I was absolutely delighted when the General Manager of the Park Hyatt Sydney invited me to cocktails last week in the Sydney Suite (the newly renovated hotel’s answer to a Presidential suite).

I should mention that the Park Hyatt Sydney was one of my all time favorite hotels BEFORE the renovation, and like a lot of other guests, I didn’t think it was desperately in need of a facelift prior to closing down in 2011 for construction. But after seeing the sublime work that they did to the property, now I totally get it.

Veuve Cliquot and Southern Hemisphere wines (FYI, new world wines are screwtop and fab)

Park Hyatt hotels  have a residential feel. This works especially well at the Sydney property where the warm woods and Sydney sandstone and understated modern furniture don’t compete with the hotel’s million dollar views of Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Opera House, and the Harbour Bridge. The semi-circular layout of the Sydney Suite has multiple terraces to showcase these amazing views.

The large living room of the Sydney Suite. There’s a huge flatscreen but who cares about TV when you have these views?

Much of the Park Hyatt Sydney’s renovation was about opening up the rooms to bring the outside in, and emphasizing indoor/outdoor living. There are also fantastically effective blackout curtains to help you sleep should the dazzling views become distracting. The Sydney Suite features indoor and outdoor dining areas that can seat 8 and comfortably hold 20-30 for a cocktail party.

Left: The suite’s full kitchen Right: Another seating area in the master bedroom

The Sydney Suite is over 3,700 square feet of understated luxury and jaw dropping views. The baths feature the latest generation in Japanese toilet technology. If you’ve ever been to Japan, you’ll learn that Japanese toilets are vastly superior to others. There is a king bed in the master suite, which faces the Harbour Bridge. The balcony off the kitchen and living room have sweeping panoramic views of Sydney Harbour and the Opera House.

Left: The master bath features a huge walk in shower Right: Japanese Toilets > All other toilets

The rack rate at the Sydney Suite is A$16,000 per night, with a two night minimum. The suite is already spoken for on New Year’s Eve 2014 when it’s lucky resident can throw a private party and have the best views of the fireworks. There is also a private elevator to the hotel’s suites should the occupants wish to remain below-the-radar.

The King bedded master bedroom features wraparound views of the Harbour Bridge

The second bedroom can be outfitted with a king bed or two twin beds, whichever the guest prefers.

Cove view from the terrace of the Sydney Suite at the Park Hyatt

Night view of the Opera House from the Sydney Suite at the Park Hyatt Sydney

The Room Map of the Park Hyatt Sydney’s 4th Floor. The Semi-Circular two rooms on the right is the Sydney Suite.

If you’d like to book the Sydney Suite, please contact the hotel directly.

7 Hickson Road, The Rocks
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2000
Phone +612 9256 1234 or Email

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Sydney Opera House at Sunrise: Mobile Photography Time-Lapse Video

The Sydney Opera House at Sunrise as seen from room 114 of the Park Hyatt Sydney

I didn’t get a lot of sleep on my recent trip to Sydney. Between trying to work remotely (with an 18 hour time difference), jet lag, and trying to enjoy my time in Sydney, sleep didn’t wind up being much of priority.

The view from my Opera Deluxe room at the Park Hyatt Sydney was hella distracting. I was just starting to doze off around 5 am when my husband said to me, “I know you want to sleep, but I think you should set up a camera to do a time lapse for sunrise. It’s going to be beautiful.”

He was right. Seeing the sunrise behind the Opera house and watching Sydney Harbour wake up for the day was totally worth forgoing sleep. I ordered a Flat White from room service and watched this happen. I shot a few stills using my Fuji X100 since my iPhone 5 was shooting this time-lapse with the TimeLapse app.

Sunrise Time Lapse Video of Sydney Opera House and Carnival Spirit Cruise Ship

My favorite part is at the 53 second mark in the video, when you suddenly notice the Carnival Spirit cruise ship pulling into the Harbour. The music is the acoustic version of Colin Hay’s Overkill (Yes, he’s lead singer of Men at Work).

This video is my favorite thing I’ve made using mobile photography this year. I hope you enjoy it.

If you get sick of the view (or just need sleep), the Park Hyatt has awesome black out curtains.

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Cocktails & Sushi E at Sydney’s Hemmesphere Bar

Cocktail & a pretty cabinet at Sydney’s Hemmesphere Bar

Every time I visit to Sydney I make it a point to go to the Hemmesphere Bar for a cocktail and a little something to eat. Hemmesphere is located in the Central Business District and has a chic living room area filled with club chairs and couches. There is also semi-enclosed bamboo filled smokers terrace. It’s a fun place to people watch when the after work crowd comes in for Happy Hour.

Cocktail Culture is alive and well in Sydney: Sloe Sangaree at Hemmesphere Bar $A 18

They have an excellent cocktail menu filled with everything from Champagne cocktails, Highballs, punches, muddled drinks, fancy cocktails as well as a full selection of high end spirits– many of them showcased in a beautiful glass cabinet. This time I went for the I went for the sloe sangaree made with sloe gin, plum pisco, cynar, topped with homemade spicy ginger beer ($A 18). It was tasty and not overly sweet and topped with freshly spanked mint. While I appreciated the fragrance and visual appeal of the mint, a straw might have made drinking it a bit easier.

Left: Kingfish= yellowtail from Sushi e  Right: Prawn filled shumai dumplings

Sushi e, located at the back of Hemmesphere provides a tasty selection of Asian-inspired bar food. The Chinese influenced steamed prawn shumai dumplings with ponzu dipping sauce were so exceptional we ordered more.

Sushi chefs at work at Sushi e

I don’t know why it took me so long to figure out that the fish known as yellowtail is called kingfish in Australia. Hemmesphere’s version from the sushi e kitchen featured 12 slices of kingfish topped with slices of ginger, chives, sesame seeds, drizzled with garlic and ponzu and lightly seared with olive oil. The kingfish dish was absolutely beautiful and flavorful, but a bit heavy on the oil for my taste.

Cool signage at Hemmesphere

Hemmesphere is just one of the restaurant & bar options in the Establishment Hotel complex. I’m a fan of the Establishment– it’s a lovely boutique hotel property right in the CBD. I also highly recommend chef Peter Doyle’s prix fixe lunch at est. restaurant where they have the best wines I’ve tasted in Australia.

Hemmesphere Bar

Level 4, Establishment

252 George Street, Sydney, 2000

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Sydney Harbour Bridge Time-Lapse from the Park Hyatt Sydney Suite

Sydney’s Harbour Bridge above the Park Hyatt Sydney

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the city’s most iconic architectural structures. During my recent stay at the Park Hyatt Sydney, I was invited to view the hotel’s Sydney Suite, which has stunning panoramic views of Sydney Harbour– including the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House from it’s wraparound terraces. You can even see Luna Park on the other side of the bridge.

I made this time lapse of the Harbour Bridge from the balcony of the Sydney Suite using the TimeLapse app on my iPhone  5.

Night Timelapse of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Another way to get up close and personal with the Harbour Bridge is to check out Sydney’s BridgeClimb which is very well organized tour where you get to actually climb the bridge and get unbelievable views of the city. I recommend it to all first time visitors to Sydney.

Stay tuned for future posts about the Sydney Suite and more about my stay at the Park Hyatt Sydney.


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Time-Lapse Video of the Sydney Opera House at Sunset

A View of the Sydney Opera House from Room 114 at the Park Hyatt Sydney.

A View of the Sydney Opera House from my Room at the Park Hyatt Sydney.

There are some views I will never get bored of and looking at the Sydney’s iconic Opera House is one of them.

This is my view from my Opera House Deluxe room at the Park Hyatt Sydney, which I think is the best located city hotel in the world. I’m lucky to staying here for a few days this week. It’s a view that can be appreciated even through the foggiest of jet lag.

I’ve stayed at this property quite a few times but this is my first time back since it was completely renovated in 2011. Honestly, I didn’t think the hotel needed much of renovation, but after seeing the new property I’ve been blown away. The improvements are sublime. I will know  (and share) more after I get the proper hotel tour later during my stay..

The Opera House is a popular background for wedding photos in Sydney

The Opera House is a popular background for wedding photos in Sydney

What I do know is that the view of The Sydney Opera house is gorgeous day and night– perhaps that’s why I’ve seen no fewer than 3 wedding couples take photos in front of it and a even a full-blown magazine photo shoot happen right out side my window.

I hope you enjoy this  time-lapse video I made of the Sydney Opera House at sunset using the TimeLapse app on my iPhone 5.

Sydney Opera House Time Lapse at Sunset

View of Sydney from Opera House Deluxe Room at the Park Hyatt Sydney

Another View of Sydney from Opera House Deluxe Room at the Park Hyatt Sydney

The view in the other direction isn’t too bad either. Stay tuned for more posts about this amazing property.

Park Hyatt Sydney

7 Hickson Road, The Rocks

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2000

Tel: +61 2 9256 1234

Fax: +61 2 9256 1555


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