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Sofitel Sydney Wentworth review: flawless French charm in Sydney’s CBD

When it comes to luxury you can rely on, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth is the penultimate stay in Sydney’s CBD. The five-star property oozes French charm and promises a flawless experience whether you’re a business traveller or cosied-up couple.

The facts

Traveller: Jennifer Ennion
Room: Superior King Room
Address: 61-101 Phillip Street, Sydney
Date: December 2022
Best for: French sophistication in the centre of the city

The Signature factor

Indulge in the Couture High Tea, where decadent puffs of pastry, swirls of cream and petit tarts are accompanied by fine chinaware and bright bouquets.

Couture High Tea
Couture High Tea © Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

The concept

Understated elegance is what you’ll find at this grand, curvy dame that remains as popular as ever with well-heeled business travellers. Across 15 floors there are 436 rooms, including 45 suites, and yet the hotel retains an air of privacy. Marble floors, glittering chandeliers, gold beams and sleek furniture in a neutral palette set the tone for this traditional hotel in a heritage-protected building.

First impressions

Elegance and French style greet you as soon as you step off busy Phillip Street into the Champagne-hued foyer of this five-star property. You’re immediately transported from the hubbub of the CBD to an airy, light-filled space where friendly receptionists swiftly take your details and in no time you’re kicking off your heels in your traditional room.

The lobby at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
The champagne-hued foyer © Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

The room

The Superior King room is the perfect blend between contemporary and comfortable, with a cosy bed, plenty of space, quality tea (always a key factor for me) and a view into a horseshoe-shaped courtyard below.

The hotel recently underwent an upgrade that included new mattresses, linen, pillows, soft furnishings and sustainable Balmain Paris bath amenities.

Inside the superior room
Inside the superior room © Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

Top suite

Fit for a princess, with Juliet balconies overlooking a garden courtyard, the Wentworth Suite is the most luxurious offering. It’s said that Princess Diana once used the eighth-floor suite to get ready for a now-famous function in the Grand Ballroom.

But you don’t need to be royalty to enjoy the spacious accommodation that includes a king-sized bed, bathroom, sitting area, dining room and kitchenette, plus guest powder room and dressing area.

Wentworth Suite at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
The luxe Wentworth Suite © Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

On my plate

The dining is a stand-out feature of the Sofitel and, with its French origins, you wouldn’t expect anything less.

From the new high tea in the pink Velvet Room that’s designed to transport you to a Parisienne patisserie to the 1960s’-inspired Soiree lounge where you can mingle over Hennessy cognac cocktails to the European-styled Garden Courtyard Restaurant, you can’t fault the food and beverage experience.

In fact, even if you’re not staying the night, you’ll want to pop in for a bite to eat and an aperitif. This is hotel fine dining at its best.

Garden Courtyard
Garden Courtyard

Staying in

Valet car parking, a business centre and library make a stay at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth an effortless experience. For Club guests, there is also the Sofitel Club Lounge with private meeting areas for conference calls.

The Velvet Room at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
Think pink in the Velvet Room © Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

Stepping out

The city is your oyster when you stay at Sofitel. Circular Quay, the Opera House, and the colourful Rocks district are a skip down the street, while the State Library of New South Wales, the Royal Botanic Garden and the Art Gallery of New South Wales are in another direction. You’re also surrounded by the city’s best shopping and myriad high-end restaurants and bars.

Sydney CBD
Sydney CBD is right at your fingertips © Laura Cros/Unsplash

Room for improvement

It may be hard given the property is heritage-listed, but what is noticeably missing from the hotel is a gym, pool and day spa.

Guests have access to a gym in a nearby building but it’s not the same as being able to catch a lift to the treadmill, nor being able to saunter down the hallway in a bathrobe on your way to a pool or sauna.

Final verdict

This is one of the best, most convenient and reliably luxurious hotels in the city. The service is top notch, the location is hard to beat and the dining is delicious.

I wouldn’t bring young kids here because of the lack of family facilities. However it’s perfect for laptop-carrying travellers, couples and friends celebrating special occasions, and older families looking for convenience.

Where to find Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth is a 20-minute drive from Sydney Airport. There is a Wilson Parking station directly underneath the hotel, with access via Bligh Street.

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