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Hotel Review: Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour

Updated: Feb 17, 2021

The Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour is located at the southern end of Darling Harbour and is walking distance to all nearby attractions as well as the Star Casino. Offering a range of accomodation from classic rooms, club rooms through to suites, all rooms feature city or harbour views. We were able to book this hotel through Virgin Holidays which allowed us to earn points on our stay.

Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour

The Room

We were excited to see our club room as Sofitel is known for its amazing bedding and room appointments, its certainly impressive as you walk in the room and see the view from Level 32 of the building. The room is modern with a king size bed, couch, dining table and chair. There is a large bathroom with seperate shower and toilet rooms and incorporates the walk in robe. Like all Sofitel hotels you will find Les Notes De Lanvin toiletries provided. The room also has a fully stocked mini bar and a Nespresso coffee machine however it is an unusual set up with the mini bar being located in the bathroom and the Nespresso machine hidden in a freestanding cabinet at floor level with no power point nearby in the bedroom. We loved the view north east of the building which overlooks Darling Harbour and the CBD.

Customer Service

We found the customer service excellent and could not fault the service at all. Sofitel hotels always provide exceptional service and we found that the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour was by far the best service we have received in a Sofitel hotel so that shows how exceptional the service is in this hotel. The staff in the Club Lounge were always friendly and attentive and made sure we always had what we needed. The lobby staff were also very helpful and friendly as were the staff at the pool bar.

Restaurants & Bars

We used the Club Millesime Lounge which is exclusive for club room guests for breakfast and evening Champagne and Canapés but unfortunately did not get time to try out Atelier by Sofitel which is the hotels restaurant. At breakfast time in the club lounge you can fill your plate up at the breakfast buffet plus they also have an al a carte menu if you want something cooked to order like Eggs Benedict. We enjoyed a bottle of rose by the pool at Le Rivage Pool Bar which is only for hotel guests while we enjoyed the views of Darling Harbour over the infinity edge pool. Overall we were very happy with the food and beverages offered by the hotel.


As mentioned we were very happy with the food, drinks and service that the hotel provided. The rooms were modern, chic, tidy and all have amazing city views both day and night. The hotel is also within walking distance of many of the nearby attractions so you cant beat its location. Our only criticism of the hotel was as mentioned above the unusual mini bar & coffee machine set up and we also found that compared to other Sofitel hotels it did not have that french feel that Sofitel hotels are known for. In saying that we would highly recommend the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour to anyone looking to stay around Darling Harbour and will stay with them again next time we need accomodation in Darling Harbour.

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For more information about the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour you can visit their website

About The Author

Rob has been passionate about cruise ship holidays and exploring the world since the first cruise he went on when he was only seven years old. Since then Rob who is a Photographer and his partner Mike of 18 years have travelled the world on over 25 cruises with over 10 different cruise lines visiting every continent across the globe as well as many remote tropical islands along the way. In addition to cruise holidays they enjoy relaxing at beach side holiday resorts and first/business class air travel as well as transcontinental rail journeys. Between them both Robert and Michael have worked out the best way to maximise frequent flyer reward points allowing them to travel first/business class at economy class prices or in some cases travelling first/business class for free.

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