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by Brad A. Johnson | Jezebel magazine | February 9, 2011

Sydney’s hotel scene has been coasting on autopilot most of this decade, so it was welcome news when Four Seasons revamped last year. With 531 rooms and suites, this is the largest property (originally a Regent) in the brand’s global portfolio, making it feel less intimate than a typical Four Seasons. But that’s OK. There’s a brilliant new sparkle in the lobby, thanks to seven massive Le Labo Bubble chandeliers from Paris. And if you really want intimacy, the new spa is tiny but decadent.
The Rooms Revamped rooms and suites are swathed in luxurious textures in shades of brown and blue, with highly polished zebrawood accents and ultra-plush beds. From my corner room on the 20th floor, the breathtaking view spans the iconic skyline from the Harbour Bridge to the Opera House. The massive TV–hooked up to a Bose theater system–is almost as wide as the king-sized bed. Serious blackout curtains keep the room pitch-black until the room service attendant arrives with a pot of strong coffee at precisely the requested time.

The Verdict This is quintessential Four Seasons with a refreshingly modern spirit. The location in The Rocks offers easy access to Sydney’s best dining, shopping and sightseeing. And the service throughout–front desk, concierge, spa, club level, poolside–proves exemplary at every turn.