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Observatory Hotel, Sydney 

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89–113 Kent Street
The Rocks
Tel: 61 2 9256 2222
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An antiminimalist's godsend with its gleaming marble floors, overstuffed sofas, and velvet upholstery, this hotel's lobby could serve as the set for an Agatha Christie adaptation. Part of the Orient-Express chain, six suites here are named for carriages on the British Pullman train; the other 88 luxurious rooms are furnished in country-estate style, with brocade curtains, mahogany furniture, and botanical etchings. The lush Anglophilia, the day spa and pool (its ceiling painted and lit like the night sky), and the out-of-the-way location (it's about a 15-minute walk to the Harbour) help to explain why celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow and Hugh Jackman hole up here when they're in town.

Appeared in the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List, a directory of the world's best hotels and resorts, in 2007, 2005

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The Observatory is very old fashioned in its style and decor, and it's a touch tired (chipped paint, dinged up furniture etc). It could use a face-lift. But... more