While I love using my points and miles whenever I can for free travel, I especially love doing it when I know I can get extreme value for a relatively small sum of points. And one of the best places to do exactly that is at the Park Hyatt Sydney, a 5-star hotel that sits in a neighborhood known as The Rocks and features incredible views of Sydney Harbour and the world-famous Sydney Opera House. I’m not exaggerating when I say this was one of my favorite hotel stays of all time, as well as a can’t-miss redemption destination for points users. Interested in going yourself? Read on for my full Park Hyatt Sydney review!
PARK HYATT SYDNEY: REVIEW
BOOKING THE PARK HYATT SYDNEY
Park Hyatt properties are bookable through Hyatt’s World of Hyatt program, whose award chart tops out at 30,000 points per room. That’s a great price, considering that in cash, standard Park Hyatt Sydney rooms can go for close to $1,000 per night!
Don’t have World of Hyatt points? The program is a partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards, meaning you can transfer your points (instantly and at a 1:1 ratio, at that). Considering that 25,000 Chase points can normally get you a domestic round-trip flight, the fact that you can spend just a little bit more for a room that might cost twice as much represents a great value proposition.
There’s just one thing to note if you book the Park Hyatt Sydney on points: You can’t snag a room with a view of the Opera House (that is, unless you get upgraded!).
PARK HYATT SYDNEY LOCATION
If you’re looking for the most convenient location in Sydney, this is it. The Park Hyatt Sydney is just a short walk along the water from Circular Quay, Sydney’s main ferry hub. From there, you can get all over the spread-out city, including to top tourist destinations such as Manly Beach and Taronga Zoo.
The Park Hyatt is also walking distance from plenty of other attractions, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, the Sydney Opera House and the Royal Botanical Gardens. If you decide to go by foot to either locale, you’ll have stunning water views the entire way.
That’s not to say there isn’t plenty to do in The Rocks itself. While it can be a little touristy, it’s also a hub for food and nightlife, and it’s got some quaint cobblestone streets and beautiful architecture to wander past. On weekends, street food and craft markets take over the area.
PARK HYATT SYDNEY ROOMS
The rooms at the Park Hyatt Sydney are both luxe and modern, with clean lines and a minimalist feel.
Mine featured a king-sized bed, a huge tub and welcome chocolates, which didn’t last long after arrival.
I very much appreciated all of these touches after what amounted to nearly a full 24 hours of travel!
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But let’s be honest: As nice and spacious as the rooms are, we came for the view. As I mentioned above, it’s important to note that when booking with points, you can’t book a room with an Opera House view, but if you’re lucky, the hotel might just upgrade you to one.
That’s exactly what happened to me on my one-night Sunday stay, a prospect I hoped for but didn’t expect considering my lack of any kind of elite status in the World of Hyatt program. My friend and I spent the whole time pinching ourselves as we gazed out over the harbor from our balcony!
PARK HYATT SYDNEY PROPERTY
Wanting to soak up as much time in the hotel as possible (and go easy on ourselves to recover from our lengthy flight and jet lag), my friend and I spent our entire afternoon on the hotel’s rooftop pool. While it isn’t the largest as rooftop pools go, it’s got spectacular views of Sydney Harbour, its bridge and, of course, the Sydney Opera House. The pool area also has shaded areas you can duck into for dining and lounging, which is a feature I always appreciate as someone very susceptible to sunburn! You’ll also find communal sunblock and bottled water to your heart’s content up at the pool area in just another sign that this property has really thought of everything to make your stay a breeze.
Throughout the rest of the property, you’ll find the clean and modern feel that’s present in the rooms. Guests have access to a sleek gym and plenty of lounging space on the lobby level, again with that unbeatable Opera House view.
PARK HYATT SYDNEY DINING
You’ll find four places to eat at the Park Hyatt Sydney: The lounge-y Living Room, the upscale Dining Room, The Bar, and the rooftop pool. While each venue has its own vibe, worry not: They all feature that signature Opera House view.
We most enjoyed our food from the pool—so much so that we stuck around after check-out just to eat there again. In addition to the perfect poolside fare, including fresh sandwiches and salads, it also had a great collection of summer cocktails to accompany the menu.
If there was anything less than spectacular about our stay, it was the hotel breakfast, which seemed to have some service issues when we arrived at the end of the shift. But who’s counting the minutes in that type of surrounding, anyway?
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