The Four Seasons Hotel Chain is renowned international as the luxury destination for many stars and political figures. The Four Seasons in Sydney is nestled in the Rocks a short walk from circular quay.
A friend of mine had won a voucher for a night’s stay at the hotel and I was the lucky one to go with.
We were met at the front door of the hotel by the car park steward who removed our luggage and whisked off the car. Meanwhile, we had a quick check-in and then made our way up to our room. There wasn’t too much of a personal touch as far as accompanying us to our room or showing us around the hotel. The service had a brisk, business-like feel to it.
Our room emphasised the corporate feel of this hotel – browns, caramels and dark wood furniture in a more or less characterless room. Perfect for a good night sleep for a business person – not exactly suited for a romantic weekend away.
The highlight without a doubt was the view from the room. I could have looked out the window the entire day – we had a unhindered view of the opera house, harbous bridge and the magnificent harbour which was dotted with yachts.
We did a self-tour of the hotel, stopping off at the spa where we made use of the gym. The spa equipped me with shorts, t-shirt, towel and earphones for the tv’s. Each treadmill had it’s own individual TV. However I kept on getting these irritating small static shocks in my ears everytime I plugged in my earphones. Grrr!!!
We then chilled out at the lovely pool and lounged in the jacuzzi (which was broken as the bubbles only last about 2 minutes at a time – one of the staff did come and apologise for this).
That night, we took a walk through the rocks to an Italian restaurant called Bel Mondo. The service here was excellent and the food and ambience was good. The dessert however was very disapointing (it was some chocolate tart thing which was more like a stale cocoa cake).
We then topped off our night (literally) on the summit of the Shangri La hotel where we sipped on decadent chocolate cocktails and admired the city lights from the huge windows.
Sadly we then checked out but spent the rest of the day on the Rose Bay ferry on a canoe. This was really lovely – although I was slightly threatened by the speed boats and humungous ferries that we shared the waterways with. Apparently, we had right of way as a canoe but I was still slightly dubious about the speeding vessels.
We canoed out to an island in the harbour (I think it’s called Seal Island or something like that) and then paddled back to shore.