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Hyatt Regency Sydney hotel review

Hyatt Regency Sydney continues to deliver a premium experience in the heart of Sydney, offering timeless views and refreshing its appeal with seasonal menus and innovative cocktail creations.

With four dining options, including Zephyr Sky Bar and 878 rooms on site across 15 floors, this is a central hub which exhumes modern elegance and reflects the bright, friendly and serene atmosphere of the city of Sydney.

The facts
Traveller: Jessica Heazlewood
Room: 1 King Bed Tower Room with Harbour View
Address: 161 Sussex Street Sydney, New South Wales, 2000, Australia
Date: November 2023
Best for: an elegant stay in the centre of Sydney

The Signature factor

Bask in a summer oasis with Mediterranean-inspired decor and cocktails whilst taking in unrivalled panoramic views of Darling Harbour 12 floors up at Zephyr Sky Bar.

The concept

Nestled between Town Hall and Darling Harbour, the Hyatt Regency is a central haven of relaxation. With 878 guest rooms, this is the largest five-star hotel in Sydney, with additional dining, event and sleek meeting spaces. Adorned with modern features and lighting throughout the hotel and its dining venues the Hyatt has the perfect balance between contemporary and traditional luxury.

Zephyr Sky Bar
Zephyr Sky Bar © Esteban La Tessa / Hyatt Regency Sydney

First impressions

This hotel is definitely large. As I walk into the open and spacious lobby there are no doubts about that. High ceilings are adorned with modern light fixtures and rooms are accented with bright florals. The concierge at reception greets me to check-in. He explains where the amenities are and gives me further information on the finer details about dining options and timings.

The room

I am staying on the 12th floor at the Hyatt Regency Sydney. I meander through the long corridors and open my door to see floor-to-ceiling windows with breathtaking views of Darling Harbour. Even on an overcast day, the sight is impressive. I can make out landmarks such as the Maritime Museum just across the water, the WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, the SEA LIFE Aquarium and several other notable hotels around Darling Harbour.

The room itself is clean and inviting. The interior colour scheme of blues and greys creates a reflection of the views of the harbour and city skyline. The bathroom is well-equipped with a walk-in shower, toilet and sink. There is a discreetly placed minibar offering a selection of beverages and snacks. In-room dining is made convenient through a QR code-enabled menu. Conveniently this level is also where the skybar is located, the ideal open-air escape against a backdrop of stunning sunsets.

Top Suite

The Sydney Terrace Suite is top of the range. This elegant 160 sq m suite boasts three king bedrooms, a butler’s pantry, a dining area, separate living and work areas as well as a 34 sq m outdoor terrace providing outstanding views of Darling Harbour. This bright, light-filled suite is the ultimate modern Sydney stay and an ideal option for families or group bookings.

Sydney Terrace Suite
Sydney Terrace Suite © Hyatt Regency Sydney

On my plate

Zephyr Sky Bar

Zephyr Sky Bar was launched in 2017 as the first alfresco hotel rooftop bar in the city, now a well-established favourite amongst many Sydney siders. This was my first time visiting and all I can say is wow. The bar boasts panoramic views of Darling Harbour and its surroundings, the perfect location for a sunset cocktail. Speaking of, tonight is the launch of Zephyr’s new ‘A Taste of the Mediterranean’ cocktail menu. These concoctions are curated by resident mixologist, Jordan Rizk, and inspired by the dreamy European summer on the glittering Mediterranean coastline. Tonight I am invited to taste the new signature cocktail, the Zephyr St Tropez Spritz. The perfect introduction to summer at Zephyr, this cocktail is made up of pineapple rum, gin and sparkling rose, a taste of the glittering French coastline. Other options on the menu include the Mediterranean Revival, made with a quirky Tzatziki-infused vodka and is a unique palate experience.

Zephyr Mediterranean inspired cocktails
Zephyr Mediterranean inspired cocktails © Esteban La Tessa / Hyatt Regency Sydney
Sailmaker Restaurant

After enjoying my sunset tipple, it is time for dinner. Sailmaker Restaurant has launched its summer edition of its Seafarer Dinner Menu and I am among the first to try it.

I make my way to the ground floor of the Hyatt Regency, where Sailmaker is located and am welcomed by an exhibition of food suppliers. The food is not short of delicious. From the choice of wines from regional areas like Mudgee to the most delectable gourmet bread and butter. I also never saw myself eating raw fish but the smoked kingfish was divine.

When it comes to food, Hyatt Regency Sydney’s philosophy is ‘Food thoughtfully sourced. Carefully served.’ Executive chef, Sven Ullrich, passionately explains the vision behind the new menu. “We have to have a healthy idea about wild caught and sustainably farmed,” he says. I am most impressed by the transparency of the origin of the seafood, guests are invited to choose whether the fish in their meal come from sustainable farms or wild-caught.

Dinner at Sailmaker
Dinner at Sailmaker © Esteban La Tessa / Hyatt Regency Sydney

Indulging in breakfast at Sailmaker is an experience of its own. The buffet spread is expansive, with multiple stations housing every type of breakfast food you could think of. From fresh fruit, pastries, smoothies and juices to made-to-order omelettes and a variety of hot food options, the selection caters to even the fussiest eater. Upon arrival I was I was escorted to my table, where my coffee order was promptly taken (something I appreciate), setting the tone for my day ahead.

Staying in at the Hyatt Regency Sydney

Start your day with a buffet breakfast and indulge in the enormous array of options from pancakes, to fresh fruit, toast or omelettes. Make use of the hotel facilities on offer. Make a visit to the on-site 24 hour fitness centre where you can make use of cardio and strength training equipment while taking in stunning views of Darling Harbour. After working off some of your breakfast, head to Jackalberry for a light lunch, with globally inspired dishes and decor.

Spend the afternoon in ultimate relaxation at the spa. Enjoy a massage up to 90 minutes, a manicure or even a facial. Before dinner enjoy a drink and take in a bit of history at the Dundee Arms, an iconic hub for sailors and a prominent part of Sydney’s maritime history 1860s and 70s. For dinner, prepare to delight your tastebuds at Sailmakers for a sustainably sourced sea food crafted experience.

Sailmaker © Esteban La Tessa / Hyatt Regency Sydney

Stepping out

Situated centrally and within walking distance from Pitt Street Mall shopping and the attractions of Darling Harbour, the Hyatt Regency is an ideal hub for anyone looking to visit Sydney and tick as much as they can off their list.

The accolades

  • 2023 World Travel Awards- Oceania’s Leading Conference Hotel
  • 2023 World Travel Awards- Australia’s Leading Business Hotel
  • 2023 Spice Hot 100 – Best Business Hotel
  • 2023 Spice Hot 100 – Best Hotel Bar (Zephyr)
  • 2023 Cvent Top 50 Meeting Hotels Asia Pacific Voted #2

Green thumbs up?

The Hyatt has embraced sustainability, from its ethically sourced menu at Sailmakers to its choice of toiletries and filter water dispensers located near the elevators on each floor, eco-friendly practices are seamlessly integrated. Sheets and towels are replaced every three days unless guests opt for more frequent changes. Pump bottles of Pharmacopia body wash, shampoo, and conditioner in the shower eliminate the need for single-use plastic and smell amazing.

If only…

The buffet breakfast was slightly chaotic… I understand why the different stations are spread around the room, however, I think this also makes for awkward navigation around seating.

Final verdict

The Hyatt Regency Sydney is a great base for anyone looking to travel to Sydney and take in the sights but a stay can not be complete without a cocktail at Zephyr and an indulgent meal at Sailmakers.

Where to find Hyatt Regency Sydney

161 Sussex Street Sydney, New South Wales, 2000, Australia

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