Checking in at Sydney’s five-star Swissôtel early one Saturday evening, my boyfriend and I had some serious questions to answer. Did we want our complimentary Chandon and chocolate-dipped strawberries sent up to our room right away, or would we prefer to wait an hour? Were we aware that, as part of the Romantic Getaways package we had booked, our checkout was extended to 2pm? And what time did we wish to dine at the hotel’s Jpb Restaurant? Decisions, decisions.
We headed straight up to our fabulous 25th-floor room, sipped our bubbles while enjoying fabulous views of the sparkling city lights, and felt, well, pretty darn fabulous.
An hour later, we were seated in a private curtained booth at the restaurant devouring a two-course meal from the grill menu. The oysters we started with were lovely, although my barramundi was slightly less delicious than one would expect, especially given the $42 price tag.
The next morning, had we not needed to rush off to a lunch, we might have indulged in a salt scrub or massage at the hotel’s spa. Alas, after eating our eggs benedict in our big, comfy bed, we took the half hour we had and enjoyed it in the sunshine by the outdoor pool.
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68 Market Street, Sydney, 2000
Phone: (02) 9238 8888 or 1800 334 888
Fax: (02) 9238 8899
Cost: the Romantic Getaways Package costs $469 per couple per night, inclusive of room-service breakfast, valet car parking, Jpb grill menu dinner for two and NV Chandon and chocolate strawberries on arrival. Classic double rooms start at $249 a night; nights in the presidential suite start at $1149.
Distance: in the heart of the CBD.
Accommodation: 359 rooms and suites, including kids’ rooms, one-bedroom suites and a presidential suite. Bathrooms have separate bath and shower.
Features: Amrita Spa, gym, sauna, outdoor heated pool and jacuzzi, Crossroads Bar, Jpb Restaurant, conference centre, Sydney skyline views.
Nearby: Harbour Bridge, the Rocks, Circular Quay, the Opera House, the Botanic Gardens, Hyde Park, Pitt Street Mall and CBD shops, bars, restaurants.
Wheelchair access: yes.
Smoking: on the 11th floor.