Take a look at my video tour and review of the Four Seasons Sydney Premier City and Harbour room I stayed in during my stay in the city part way through my three-month around-the-world trip.
We had previously stayed and enjoyed our time at the Four Seasons Sydney before we joined a cruise on Queen Mary 2 in 2014. So when we found ourselves back in the city, this time getting off a cruise on Queen Victoria, we immediately gravitated to the hotel again. It has a great location and is close to the cruise terminal (although with the amount of bags we had we could not really walk to it and had friends pick us up, although last time we used a taxi). It is walkable with limited bags.
The building itself is not particularly attractive from the outside, but once inside it is comfortable and welcoming. The check-in desk team were really friendly and seeing we were returning guests managed to arrange an (unasked for) upgrade from the City View room we had booked to a Premier City Harbour View. As we arrived at the hotel around 8.30am off the ship a room was not ready, but was within an hour and so we could get into it after heading out for some breakfast. This was a great bonus and was a nice touch that they tried to accommodate our early arrival. We had left our bags with the concierge and they were taken straight up to the room for us without even having to go back and let them know the room was ready.
The room itself is huge. There is a view across into the city and then a partial view of the harbour (where we could see the Opera House) but did need to be at the window to really see it. The bed is large and soft. I really like soft beds, although my partner found it a bit softer than they prefer. But I had a great few nights’ sleep.
A great sized desk and free Wi-Fi was a great plus, especially after being on the ship and it enabled me to do tasks like uploading photos, backing up my computer and other tasks I had not been able to do on the ship. The speed was also reliable and fast enough for us to FaceTime and Skype with family back in the UK.
I loved the bathroom. The bath is fairly small (like all Four Seasons) and as a tall man (6′ 2″) could not lie right down, but enjoyed the soak anyway! The separate shower is huge and the complimentary Australian Appelles toiletries have the most gorgeous fragrances.
We had access to the Executive Club, which was a perfect setting for breakfast, with a large range of fresh items and a chef to cook eggs. We did not use the free evening canapés and drinks as were pretty busy sightseeing and seeing friends. The staff in there is very welcoming and chatty.
The pool, as other reviewers have commented, is fine but with its location right by the motorway is not ideal. But has comfortable loungers and is a good size for swimming lengths if one wants to. The fitness centre is also pretty good.
The Four Seasons is always slick and feels stylish and up-market, and this was our experience on this return trip. The location by Central Quay is really great for visitors as is the easy stroll into the trendy shops and restaurants of The Rocks area. Great and ideal for cruise passengers I think!
You can see overviews of two other rooms and a review that I have stayed in at the hotel: Four Seasons Sydney review