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“Comfortable hotel. Inconsistent service. Impressive housekeeping.”
Review of The Westin Sydney

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The Westin Sydney
Ranked #36 of 182 Hotels in Sydney
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Reviewed 3 June 2008

We're big fans of Westin hotels, particularly in Melbourne. Our recent experience in Sydney fell short of our expectations of a five star hotel.

For starters, when the taxi arrived there was no one to greet us or collect our luggage. Bad first impression. After I hauled our suitcases out of the cab boot we walked past three staff members as we wheeled our way to the reception counter. Not one offered to help - they just stood there and watched. During our stay, I also noticed other guests wheel their luggage through the reception area. I thought this was really odd for a five star hotel.

Despite this, there was evidence of exceptional service worthy of a 5-star hotel. The housekeeping staff were fantastic including the excellent turn down service - thank you. Some reception and management staff were also exceptional with their friendly and thoughtful service; however, management needs to ensure other staff perform to a five star standard e.g the porters, or rather lack of them, on arrival and departure.

The rooms' are contemporary, comfortable and spacious. The bathroom is huge and luxurious - one reason why we like Westin hotels.

The room service menu is standard hotel fare - personally I think it all seems so 1990s. It offers your usual club sandwich, burger and pasta fare. This was a room service menu at its boring best. I think there was a 'restaurant menu' option but it was too late when we ordered so I didn't even bother reading it. Low-fat menu options available 24/7 would be welcomed by us e.g healthy salads, fish, anti pasto, low-fat chicken dishes.

Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to test run the gym - I decided to go for a jog over the Sydney Harbour Bridge instead.. well worth it.... stunning views!

We've stayed here a few times and we're not sure if there are rooms with harbour views - it's a good distance from the harbour...it's closer to the mall and business district. If you want Sydney harbour views stay in a hotel closer to the harbour. This hotel is perfect for the business traveller - tourists may prefer hotels with harbour views and closer to The Rocks.

Normally we are very impressed bit this time it was slightly below par.

  • Stayed: June 2008
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Reviewed 25 May 2008

Westin is in a good location, almost center of city. There are 2 train stops located within walking distance. The rooms are very contemporary, the bathroom design was especially pleasing. I paid extra to be in the higher floors for better views and was given access to the executive lounge for breakfast, afternoon tea, and o'deurves. The breakfast is okay, and the o'deurves is nothing to write home about. The complimentary wireless in the lounge was very handy. The Westin is walking distance to most points of interest, the opera house, darling harbour, etc. Room service takes very long, over an hour, to get to your room. The gym and pool are nice, but a long walk from the tower my room was in; they are located in the older part of the building. The main area that needs improvement at this Westin is the customer service. The personnell in the executive lounge was very slow in serving cordials and teas. The food is served buffet style, but if you are thirsty, it's a good wait. Front desk was not as friendly as some other Westins I have stayed at. Paying extra for the high rooms, was not worth it in the end, as my view was blocked by taller buildings or construction. I was only able to get a glimpse of the harbour in between obstructions. Post office located onsite, this came pretty handy also.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled solo
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6  Thank jetsette
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Reviewed 22 May 2008

My wife and I stayed here for the Sydney portion of our honeymoon. We are Starwood Preferred Guest members and thus were able to pay for part of our stay in points. Our main concern was having a quality hotel with a central, convenient location. This hotel is adjacent to Macquarie Bank and as such does a lot of corporate business; it is obviously more of a business-style hotel. That was fine with us - we had other portions of our trip for the more romantic/quaint type of thing.

The rooms are ultamodern with electronic light and fixture controls, glassed-in bathrooms with extra large tubs and a separate shower, and a flat screen TV with sound that is pumped throughout the room. Everything in the room looked brand new and worked well.

We did not order room service or use the restaurant other than for the breakfast buffet, which offered a wide variety of options including powerfood-type juice blends. The health club, as other posters have noted, is a bit far away from the modern, new tower (about a 5min walk across a catwalk on the third floor) but is excellently appointed. As it is a private gym and not merely the hotel's health club facility, it has all the features of a modern European-style health club, including a lap pool.

We found the staff of the hotel to be extremely helpful and efficient, as one would expect of a Westin.

The skylit, multi-story lobby is also very impressive.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank jlb3
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Reviewed 19 May 2008

My wife and i recently stayed at the Westin Sydney and found the service to be far from what you would expect from a 5 star hotel.We waited 40 mins for our bag to be brought to our room and that was only after calling reception.We requested a newspaper which never came.We had to wait 20 mins to be seated for breakfast,had to request cutlery,request a cup of tea and then to make matters worse we were charged $80 for the experience.We were then charged for mini bar items we did not use-this has since been refunded.The list goes on but we will never stay there again.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled on business
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2  Thank MelbourneTravelant
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Reviewed 2 May 2008

I've stayed at the Westin in Sydney several times and never been disappointed.

The hotel is impeccable clean and well maintained, the rooms are modern, equipped with all the amenities, have comfortable beds and great bathrooms. The room service is nice but quite pricey.

The hotels heritage rooms are also lovely but I prefer the tower rooms as I like to stay on a high floor.

The hotel's restaurant is delicious and the restaurants and bars at GPO (located within the hotel) are fantastic. The only downside is the hotel lobby, restaurants and GPO (the parts that are open) are very quite and dead on the weekend.

The hotel is in a great location, close to public transport, main CBD shopping areas and walking distance to many tourist attractions.

I'd never consider staying at another hotel when I visit Sydney.

  • Stayed: November 2007, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Chicagohoneymooners
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Additional Information about The Westin Sydney

Address: 1 Martin Place, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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Region: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney > Central Business District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Business Hotel in Sydney
#12 Family Hotel in Sydney
#17 Romantic Hotel in Sydney
#35 Luxury Hotel in Sydney
Price Range: $230 - $696 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Westin Sydney 5*
Number of rooms: 416
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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