Deluxe King Room
- Spacious and uncrowded rooms
- Luxurious outdoor swimming pool with magnificent harbor views
- No dedicated work desk limits in-room dining space
- Restaurants are hit or miss in terms of value for money
- Stunning views from every corner
Dominating Melbourne and Perth, Crown Resorts has long dreamed of a stronghold in Sydney as a leisure and entertainment hotspot attracting both A-list and casual indulgences.
And after a decade of planning, the revolving doors began turning in late 2019, welcoming guests to a haven of social satiety in the port enclave of Barangaroo.
The $2.2 billion, 270-meter-tall Crown Sydney is an epic superstructure soaring into the sky. Inside the glass walls are 350 state-of-the-art hotel rooms, eight restaurants and bars, a lagoon-style pool, and the SkyDeck observation attraction at its 83rd top of the floor.
Executive Traveler ventured inside for a taste of what Crown Sydney has to offer.
Location and Impressions
A former cargo container terminal, Barangaroo has been completely revitalized in a major urban renewal spawning several office towers, restaurants, shops and attractions.
Crown Sydney is among these, positioned at the water’s edge at 1 Barangaroo Avenue – a gentle stroll to the vibrancy of Darling Harbour.
For a view higher than the bird’s eye view, get free Crown’s Concierge tickets to the Sky Deck on the 83rd stage. Six tours are run each day where you can spend 30 minutes on the open-air balcony and indoor viewing area, taking in views of much of Sydney.
Crown Sydney has 350 hotel rooms occupying the lower 25 floors and over 50 additional levels of residential apartments.
As you enter the lobby, look up to admire the Oculus crystal-covered LED chandelier that emerges from the ceiling. After dark, this room comes alive with a modest light show bathing the area in an eerily beautiful blue hue.
We check into a King Deluxe room on level 19. The abundance of space is immediately apparent when we are drawn to the window, which is the entire exterior wall. This room measures 55 square meters and is easily one of the largest master category rooms available in Sydney.
A modest coffee table is all in a very uncluttered space, with a small dining table and a curved sofa on opposite walls.
The marble bathroom is equally impressive and has a free-standing bathtub and a separate shower cubicle.
An adjacent cabin houses futuristic toilets that open automatically as soon as they detect your presence.
Of the Crown Sydney’s 349 rooms, your pick includes similar layouts with views instead of the Opera House and West Harbor. For a living space separate from the bedroom, consider upgrading to the Harbor Bridge Executive Suite which, at a lavish 85 square meters, includes a dining table for four and a powder room.
Crown Sydney ticks many boxes for those looking for a luxurious harborside holiday, but if you need to work while there, space is limited.
Deluxe King rooms don’t have a dedicated desk, which means the dining table should suffice as a quasi-workstation. Although the chair is comfortable and there are power outlets by your side, there is little space for papers beyond the coffee table, which might require you to use the bed instead .
If you absolutely need a desk, consider upgrading to a Harbor Bridge Executive Suite, which includes a traditional work area.
As an alternative, the ground floor TWR Bar doubles as a daytime lounge open to the public.
If you’re able to work amidst the ambient activity of this location, be sure to be prepared to stop by before sunset when TWR transforms into an energetic cocktail bar with live piano entertainment.
Crown Sydney’s eight culinary offerings come close to the literal definition of fine dining, but that doesn’t mean they’re guaranteed to rock everyone’s boat.
Leading the way is Nobu Sydney, a world-famous name in luxury Japanese fusion. Partly owned by legendary Hollywood actor, Robert De Niro, dining at Nobu is as much an experience as a meal with delicate tasting dishes.
Keeping up the Michelin star trend is Oncore by Clare Smyth, a Northern Irish culinary mastermind with three to her name, who now presents Sydney with a menu focused on sustainability.
Mediterranean flavors can be found at a’Mare, a classic Italian restaurant on the ground floor. Serving traditional Puglian recipes with local ingredients, the dishes are lovingly prepared and flavorful, our favorite being the perfectly roasted chicken spatchcock, marinated in a devilish chilli and bell pepper glaze. Another bite-sized hit for the taste buds is the Gnocco Fritto Breaded Pizza Ball.
Nearby, the traditional-minded Woodcut features fresh seafood and red meats cooked over wood, charcoal, and steam in five open kitchens. While the wood-fired grill gives off an uplifting aroma, the spared service of lamb Margra left us feeling hungry, so consider an extra side dish in case your main course leaves you feeling a bit full.
Breakfast is available daily at the expansive epicurean buffet that features all of the popular breakfast staples, but perhaps the closest thing you’ll find to casual dining is the service menu. stage.
Using the in-room iPad, a selection of burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads, Asian dishes and desserts from various cuisines can be delivered to your door.
A centerpiece of Crown Sydney is its level 5 infinity pool. Beautifully designed with a cascading fountain edge, this hedonistic lagoon offers tables and partially submerged sun-kissed cabanas that can be reserved as your own private choir.
To work up a sweat, Level 6 features the Crown Fitness Center with an eclectic-colored tennis court.
The Crown’s Spa is a sanctuary designed to smooth out aching muscles and make you feel new with a full menu of spa and beauty treatments. Before your makeover, there are two Aqua Retreats (one for men and one for women) with power showers, vitality spa, steam room and sauna. Access is included with treatments of one hour or more or can be purchased individually.
Back in your room, the iPad provides access to hundreds of magazines and newspapers from around the world in multiple languages via PressReader.
Barely a year old, the Crown Sydney offers best-selling restaurants, world-class care and expansive hotel rooms and suites.
The property is designed in such a way that you don’t need to leave, but if you prefer to explore the surrounding area more, bring comfortable walking shoes.
Expect this new Sydney centerpiece to fit right into Sydney as a complete entertainment sanctuary worthy of your attention.
Matt Lennon stayed on as a guest of Crown Resorts.