The Observatory Hotel

89-113 Kent Street
Sydney, NW AU

Rating: Star Rating 5; OHG - Superior Deluxe 5-star Hotel
Superbly located in the Rocks district, adjacent to the CBD/Business area, The Observatory Hotel is an ideal base from which to explore and work in exciting Sydney. The Observatory has the intimate and luxurious atmosphere of a grand Australian home. Luxuriously furnished with Australian antiques, oil paintings and tapestries, the hotel was designed to blend in with the 19th century buildings of the Rocks district of Sydney. The Observatory combines traditional style with the most modern amenities, offering guests the highest standards in accommodations. The Observatory Hotel has been voted Best Australian Hotel for 4 consecutive years. Awards OHG - Superior Deluxe 5-star Hotel Hotel of the year - Australian Hotels Association, 1997,1998,1999,2001 AAA - 5 Diamond Five Star Diamond Award - American Academy of Hospitality Sciences ,1999,2001,2002 Asia Pacific's Leading Hotel, 1998, 1999 - World Travel Awards 11th Best Luxury Hotel in the World 2001 - Zagat Survey of International Hotels 4th Best Holiday Hotel in the World, Conde Nast Traveller Magazine UK, 1998, 1999 6th Best Hotel in the World - all categories, Conde Nast Traveller Magazine UK, 1998 Best Townhouse Hotel in World, Tatler Magazine UK, 1998 Employee Excellence in Service Award, 2000, 2001, 2002 Best Australian Hotel 2001 - Zagat Survey of International Hotels Excellence in Service Award, National 1997 / 1998 / 2001 / 2002 Best 5- Star Hotel Accommodation, 1998 Best Bar Presentation / Service Award, 1998, 2001 - The Globe Bar Best Restaurant - Galileo, 2000, 2001, 2002 Galileo Restaurant is the only Sydney Hotel Restaurant to have a Chef's Hat - Sydney Morning Herald, Good food guide, 1998 / 1999 / 2000

Room Information

Room Descriptions
-Guest rooms- The Observatory Hotel offers 79 guestrooms and 21 suites, all elegantly appointed. All rooms and suites offer air-conditioning, work desk, four two-line phones with dataports, voice mail, color television with video player, in-room movies, CD player, mini-bar, coffee and tea making facilities, hairdryer, shaving and vanity mirror and nightly turndown service. Marble bathrooms feature separate bath and shower, and the finest in bath amenities. -Standard Rooms- Elegantly appointed with mahogany custom-made furniture, each standard room features king, queen or twin beds, with views of either Observatory Hill or historic Walsh Bay. Tea and coffee-making facilities, along with a fully stocked minibar, are discreetly enclosed in a mahogany buffet, while an in-room safe sits in the wardrobe along with slippers, an umbrella and a selection of amenities. Each room has a luxurious marble bathroom with an oversized bath, heated towel rail, separate bath and shower, and double vanity. Colonial-style sash windows and period balconies circulate fresh air and afford charming views of Observatory Hill and the inner Sydney Harbour, with its beautiful evening sunsets. -Deluxe Rooms- Elegantly appointed with mahogany custom-made furniture, each room features king, queen or twin beds and is decorated with the utmost attention to detail. Rich tapestry curtains, set off by rope-tasseled tiebacks, provide the perfect backdrop for the antique-style breakfast table and down-filled armchair, while Colonial-style sash windows and period balconies circulate fresh air and afford charming views of Observatory Hill and historic Walsh Bay. The polished mahogany armoire holds an individual CD and video player, as well as a stereo TV set with 24-hour international news service. Tea and coffee-making facilities, along with a fully stocked minibar, are discreetly disclosed in a mahogany buffet, while an in-room safe sits in the polished cedar wardrobe along with slippers, an umbrella and a selection of amenities. Each room has a luxurious marble bathroom with an oversized bath, heated towel racks, separate bath and shower and double vanity. -Junior Suites- Their character, exceptional furnishings, spaciousness and elegant charm distinguish the junior suites. Each features wood-paneled walls adorned with etchings of Australian native birds and botanicals, and original sketches of Sydney at the turn of the century. Many have balconies with spectacular inner harbour views. Junior suites also have a relaxing sitting area, with sofa and armchairs within the same room, and include a facsimile machine with its own dedicated number. -Executive Suites- Executive Suites at The Observatory Hotel are renowned for their classic elegance, exquisite fittings and intimate charm. All executive suites feature separate sitting rooms, with full bar facilities, as well as dedicated facsimile machines and modem lines. Many feature domed ceilings, arch windows and traditional four-poster beds. Many also have balconies with charming views of Observatory Hill, or the inner Sydney Harbour with its beautiful sunsets. -The Observatory Suite- The hotel's most spectacular suite is intimate, luxurious and filled with objects d'art. The bedroom features a magnificent four-poster bed with hand-carved front posts, as well as a spacious in-suite bathroom lined wall to wall with Pretorian marble. It also features a fully-equipped kitchen and guest toilet, and has interconnecting doors to deluxe rooms, if desired. Furnished with elegant, custom-made furniture, the sitting room's pale cream color scheme is offset by the black and gold, oriental-style coffee table and armoire cabinet. The sofa and armchairs face a magnificent white marble, antique fireplace, highlighted by a classic oil painting of Mosman Bay. Original artworks and an antique, gilt-framed mirror cover the rich, fabric-lined walls and provide the perfect backdrop for the antique walnut writing desk and elegant mahogany dining table with Queen Anne chairs. The rich tasseled curtains at each window frame charming views of historic Observatory Hill.

Restaurants

Restaurants
Name- Galileo Location- On Property Charge to Room? Yes Hours- 6:30am - 10:30am - Breakfast 7 days 6:30pm - 10:30pm - Dinner 7 days Restaurant/Lounge Type- Restaurant Cuisine Type- Modern Australian Meals Served- Breakfast and Dinner Prices incl.- Entrée from $18 - $25 Main from $29 - $36 Attire- Smart Casual Entertainment- Atmosphere reminiscent of London's famous Venetian Restaurant Harry's Bar Seating Capacity- 65 Reservations Required- Yes Richly appointed with antiques, fine tapestries and polished walnut furniture, Galileo combines quiet elegance with the relaxed informality of a typical Sydney restaurant. Original Venetian etchings and Australian impressionist artworks cover the Fortuny silk-covered walls and provide a perfect backdrop for the 17th century leather, Venetian dividing screen and the highly polished parquet floor. In the center of the room, a magnificent antique crystal, six-arm chandelier crowns the mahogany pedestal table, while the colonial-style sash windows, framed by exquisite Fortuny silk curtains, afford charming views of the historic streetscape of Miller's Point. Galileo's contemporary menu includes entrees such as Mandalong Lamb with White Bean and Roast Garlic Puree and Rabbit with Dried Tomatoes. Desserts include Chocolate Espresso Tart with Gianduja ice cream and Almond and Semolina Cake with Quinces. A selection of classic Italian cheeses is available along with Australia's best cheeses, and Galileo's wine list includes the finest Australian and Italian wine. Name- Globe Bar Location- On Property Charge to Room? Yes Hours- 12:00am - 11.59 pm 7 days Restaurant/Lounge Type- Bar & Lounge Cuisine Type- Modern Australian Meals Served- Lunch and Dinner Prices incl.- From AUD $18 - $29 Attire- Smart Casual Entertainment- Atmosphere reminiscent of London's famous Venetian Restaurant Harry's Bar Seating Capacity- 40 Reservations Required- No The Globe Bar, with its intimate, club atmosphere and comfortable old-world charm, provides a quiet, relaxing haven away from the crowds. Furnished with lush velvet sofas and leather wing armchairs, and featuring a long, marble-topped bar flanked by soft green leather bar stools, green and gold table lamps adorn the polished mahogany side tables, while a large, hand-tufted rug covers the honed, sandstone-colored marble floor. The Bar's cedar-paneled walls feature original oils depicting scenes of Captain Cook and his voyage around Australia, evoking a mood of travel and adventure from a bygone era. In keeping with the travel theme, you will find bookcases filled with rare, old books on travel, Australian natural history and astronomy, and the antique celestial globe, which is the focal point of the Globe Bar. The Drawing Room The Drawing Room at The Observatory Hotel is a luxurious, private sitting room for the exclusive use of hotel guests. Furnished in traditional Regency style, The Drawing Room features comfortable, down-filled sofas, Louis XV winged chairs and a magnificent, antique fireplace that once graced Sydney's historic Elizabeth Bay House. The pale blue silk-covered walls are adorned with original oils of Australian scenes and a series of pastel portraits of famous Australians. China vases and interesting objects d'art are scattered on the walnut side tables, along with elegant, brass candlestick lamps with silk white shades. The Queen Anne antique writing desk and chair are ideal for note and letter writing, while three card tables and a supply of games provide a relaxing diversion on a rainy day.

Area Attractions

Area Attractions
-Bridge Climb- A once-in-a-lifetime experience. There is a professional team to take you on an exhilarating climb all the way to the top of the world-famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. Built in 1932, it has taken almost 70 years for the bridge to be opened to people with a sense of adventure. -Historic Hunter Valley- Discover the exciting wineries of the region, renowned for its excellent wines, especially Chardonnay, Semillon, Shiraz and Cabarnet, and buy direct from the cellars. Enjoy a gourmet luncheon of regional fare. -Harbour Scenic Flight/Harbour and Northern Beaches Scenic Flight- Take a scenic flight from Rose Bay past Sydney Harbour Heads and Bondi. Follow the harbour and Centrepoint Tower. Experience one of the world's most beautiful harbours from a seaplane. Or how about a seaplane flight to a secluded beach on the waters of Sydney's yachting playground at Pittwater or on the banks of the Hawkesbury River? Enjoy a gourmet picnic basket or have lunch or dinner in a nearby restaurant. -Four-Wheel Drive Tours to the Blue Mountains, NSW- Explore this remarkable environment in the comfort of a luxury model 4WD vehicle. Discover its unique flora. Learn about the Aboriginal occupation of the region and its history since the 1788 arrival at Sydney Cove of the First Fleet carrying convicts, guards and British marines. Enjoy close encounters with the ubiquitous koala, kangaroo, wombat and a host of other native animals and magnificent birds at the Australian Wildlife Park. -The Sydney Opera House- Take a look inside Australia's top tourist attraction. Australia's home of the performing arts, featuring music, opera, drama and dance. Guided tours provide an informative and interesting experience of the Sydney Opera House. Pick up a memento of your visit from one of the gift shops. -The Rocks and Circular Quay- Escape to The Rocks village, nestled near the vibrant Sydney Harbour. It is no surprise that its blend of history, culture and the best of modern living make it a unique destination for a fun-filled day or quiet dinner for two. Attractions include the famous weekend markets, an abundance of local art and craft shops and world-class art galleries. -Taronga Zoo- Visit the world's most spectacularly located zoo on the shores of Sydney Harbour. Taronga Zoo's extensive collection of Australian animals, including koalas, kangaroos, dingoes, Tasmanian devils and, of course, platypuses, echidnas, and kookaburras. -Sydney Harbour Cruises- Sydney Harbour is the focal point of Sydney and the place to be for great views and a sense of the city. A sightseeing cruise on the harbour is essential and there is plenty of choice from cruises as short as one hour to leisurely half-day lunch and dinner cruises. Sydney's ferries connect the harbour-side suburbs with the city at Circular Quay, so crossing to the north shore to Taronga Zoo or Manly is easy and scenic. -Monorail- Darling Harbour's award-winning Sydney Monorail offers a bird's-eye view of Sydney and all the attractions of Darling Harbour. With seven stations and a service every four minutes, the Sydney Monorail is the easiest way to travel around the city. -AMP Tower- The city's highest vantage point, towering above Centrepoint shopping center. AMP Tower is the highest public building in the southern hemisphere and easily found in the heart of the city. The observation level has free guided tours, high-powered binoculars, weather and sea traffic information.
Shopping
The city of Sydney boasts some truly fine shopping facilities. Browsing through the many magnificent, historic and modern shopping venues, boutique stores and arcades filled with the latest and most varied of products, is an experience that every shopper dreams of. The city is a veritable treasure trove of department stores where every conceivable item is available under one roof. Bold, high-tech buildings with granite and chrome facades offer the best of local and imported products, while the more traditional, historical arcades feature a melting pot of boutiques and unique stores filled with exquisite jewelry, flowers, fashion and much more. Shopping on the fringes of the city presents an opportunity for pleasant walks in a cosmopolitan setting, a browse in an art gallery or bookshop, an indulgence in one of the many stylish boutiques, or coffee in an outdoor cafe while making final choices.

Recreation

Spa and Health Club facilities and Recreation
Day Spa and Health & Leisure Club We welcome you into an environment of relaxation and comfort that combines all the benefits of fitness, health , wellness and complete care of the skin, body and mind supported by highly skilled and experienced practitioners. Massage - shirodhara, therapeutic, remedial, aromatherapy, reiki, and oriental cranial acupressure. Therapeutic Flotation TankSpa Body Therapy - Hydro-active mineral salt scrub, body therapy hydro pack wrap, detox herbal linen wrap, enzymatic sea mud wrap, body firming treatment, back therapy treatment. Tailored well deserved packages to suite individual needs. Finishing Touches - waxing, manicures, pedicures, tinting Personalised Skin Care - facials Specialised treatments for men Health & Leisure Club - complimentary for guests, $33AUD incl. GST day pass and memberships available on request A spectacular 20-meter in-door pool is the highlight. The club also includes a Spa, steam room, sauna and a well equipped gymnasium Executive Fitness Programs Personal Consultants Hours of Operation - 6am - 10pm Monday to Friday, 7am - 9pm Saturday & Sunday & Public Holidays. -Health and Leisure Club- The Observatory Hotel's exclusive Health and Leisure Club is complimentary for hotel guests and also offers limited outside membership. A spectacular 20-meter pool is the highlight of the Club, which also includes a sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room and well-equipped gymnasium. -Health Amenities- The Club also offers: Executive fitness programs Expert techniques Personal consultations In-room services such as massage Separate changing areas with personal lockers as well as showering facilities Complimentary robes, slippers and toiletries Fresh fruit -Tennis- A full size Plexipave tennis court is located opposite the hotel and has lighting for playing at night. This is the only tennis court belonging to a hotel within the Central Business District.

Meeting Facilities

Meeting Facilities and Business Center
Cornwallis Suite - Theatre-100, Classroom-65, Cocktail-150, Banquet-100, U-shape-45 Cornwallis 1 - Theatre-40, Classroom-20, Cocktail-50, Banquet-40, U-shape-20 Cornwallis 2 - Theatre-40, Classroom-20, Cocktail-50, Banquet-40, U-shape-20 Orient Room - Theatre-60, Classroom-25 Cocktail-7, Banquet-60, U-shape-30 Boardrooms - Banquet-8, U-shape-8 Direct all Conference/Meeting and Banqueting inquires to the Conference & Private Dining Executive: Kylie Williamson Phone: +61 2 9256 2222 Facsimile: +61 2 9256 2223 -Cornwallis Suite- The beautifully appointed Cornwallis Suite is ideal for meetings, functions, weddings and conferences for up to 100 delegates. The room can easily be divided into two areas, allowing flexible accommodations for smaller numbers. The Cornwallis Suite is suitable for hosting a cocktail party for up to 150 guests, up to 100 theater or banquet style, 65 classroom style, and 45 U-shape boardroom style. -Cornwallis Suite I/II- Both rooms are suitable for hosting a cocktail party for up to 50 people, up to 40 theater or banquet style, and 20 classroom and U-shape boardroom style. -Orient Room- The Orient Room provides an exotic, oriental setting to enhance any function or meeting for up to 80 guests. -Alexandre Room- The Orient Room is transformed into an opulent Russian fantasy setting over the Christmas period (December) with a table laden with gilded candlesticks, lush damask and velvet, and delicacies not seen since the time of Anastasia. -Reception Room- Adjoins the Cornwallis Suite and can be used as a lobby area or as an independent meeting room. -Boardrooms- Four boardrooms with seating for up to ten, each with its own cloakroom facilities, are comfortable and spacious with the added advantage of natural light. -Business Centre- The Observatory Hotel's 24-hour business center, with laptop computer, color printer and facsimile with direct number, is available to guests wanting to do business in their rooms. fax/modem lines are also available in the armoire drawer in each room and, if required, the hotel's Internet service provider can be used to access e-mail. Secretarial support is also available from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday, or at any other time by prior arrangement. Hotel business services: -Computer hire -Bubble Jet printer hire -Photocopying -Facsimile -Laser printing from diskette -Word processing -Document binding

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