Blue Sydney, Sydney $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
You can't get much closer to the waterfront than this converted factory: It sits smack-dab on a wharf, with boats tucking into their docks outside the windows. It's the first Australian outpost for Taj Hotels (and was previously the first W hotel outside North America), and the building is superdramatic, with soaring industrial-chic ceilings, stage-set lighting, and a blue- and black-striped indoor pool. The 100 loft-style suites have mezzanine bedrooms, and furnishings are low-key studies in beige and brown (with requisite flashes of electric blue). The aquatic views don't actually encompass the harbor or Opera House, which are too far north to be seen from most rooms, but it's still an entertaining spot for watching the superyachts vie for position. The vibe is less of-the-moment since W moved on, and the excellent Water Bar is closed for renovations, but it's still a good bet for style-conscious travelers craving waterfront status.
From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 90.4
- Design: 92.6
- Food: 88.9
- Location: 96.3
- Rooms: 88.9
- Service: 85.2
Also appeared in the Gold List in 2005
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