If you love department store shopping, you can’t beat staying in a hotel that is surrounded by shops. Located above Myer, in the heart of Sydney’s central business district, choosing this hotel while on a shopping visit is really convenient. Staying at Swissotel Sydney means you won’t need to lug around shopping bags all day as the hotel is only a short walk from most of the big brand-named stores and shopping centres, including Myer, the Queen Victoria Building and Westfield.
Oh I love shopping but what do I do with the kids?
Swissotel offers child-minding services and the Swissotel Kids Rooms are designed for visitors aged between two and 12, with bright cheerful décor and fun features like toys, DVDs and video games.
Even the restaurant and room service menus are designed with kids in mine. Just Pure Bistro has healthy options like steamed chicken, rice and broccoli puree and fun items like Bugs bunny’s freshly squeezed carrot and apple juice.
Tell me more about the food
Fresh, organic and locally-sourced produce is the key to the menu at Swissotel’s main restaurant, Just Pure Bistro (or Jpb). Think extra virgin olive oil from Megalong Valley and pork from Byron Bay. Some dishes and cocktails are prepared with organic honey from 200,000 bees that live on the roof of the hotel.
Did I hear you say bees?
Oh yes, Swissotel has a beekeeper, Doug, whose job is to cultivate organic home-grown honey from the urban bee hive or “Buzz Factory” located on level 10 of the hotel. The bees live in four hives and fly between the hotel and the Botanical Gardens or Hyde Park, where they collect pollen to create honey used in the hotel’s restaurant.
On that note, you might like to know the hotel has also adopted a peach tree from Bilpin Fruit Bowl, 55km from Sydney. Fruit from the tree is harvested and utilised throughout the hotel. Surplus fruit is sold in the markets and the proceeds are donated to the Cancer Research Unit at the Children’s Hospital Westmead.
But I’m here to relax
Shopping can indeed be tiring! Swissotel Sydney’s Day Spa is great spot to unwind and recharge, especially after walking all day. The Day Spa offers a choice of treatments and there’s a well-equipped gym, a heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi.
I want a room with a view!
The hotel has 359 rooms and suites, which are spacious and some have views of Sydney’s Centrepoint Tower. Have you heard of the saying you get what you pay for? Premier corner rooms have private balconies and panoramic views of the skyline.
There’s 24-hour room service and complimentary access to the fitness studio. Other services include free WiFi in public areas and a business centre.
Where do I park?
Secure offsite parking is available for guests and costs AUD$45 for 24 hours. The downside is you can only exit the car park once. However, valet parking costs AUD$60 for 24 hours and you can enter and exit as many times as you wish.
What’s the bottom line?
Swissotel Sydney, 68 Market Street, Sydney 2000 NSW, Australia, tel: +61 (2) 9238 8888.
Christina Pfeiffer was a guest of Swissotel Sydney