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Sydney Finally Gets a New 5-Star Hotel, and She's a Darling

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October 6, 2011 at 10:51 AM | by | ()

At last, there's some fancypants hotel action in Sydney! The city's most iconic hotel, The Park Hyatt Sydney, will soon emerge from an extensive makeover--and a brand new five-star hotel will open just around the corner. She's called The Darling, and she is part of the new-look Darling Harbour casino The Star (formerly known as Star City).

Apparently Sydney was feeling a little left out in the cold, with Melbourne's Crown stealing all the country's posh casino-hotel thunder. But the new Star will be home to a new spa and pool, new stores including Gucci and Bottega Veneta, and a bunch of new restaurants including one from David Chang—Momofuku Seiōbo, one that will be part of The Darling— Sokyo, and an outpost of one of our favorite restaurants in all of Sydney, Golden Century.

As for the hotel itself, when it opens later this month, it will be the first five-star property to open in Sydney in a decade. It will have 171 rooms, many with views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge—you can actually select a bridge view as an option when searching for availability on the hotel's online reservation system.

Highlights of the rooms include: floor-to-ceiling glass for maximum city and harbour views: 'The Darling Bed', with 400-thread-count Egyptian linens and a 12-option pillow menu; rain showerheads; one-touch controls for the linds and A/C; a glass-top desk; and Molton Brown bath products (exclusive to The Darling in Australia).

The first night you can book is November 15, with rates starting at AU$439 a night.

If you're thinking of heading down to The Darling for their summer opening period, we'd book soon. Elton John will be play two nights at The Star's Lyric Theatre in November, as part of the opening festivities, and Kevin Spacey will headline Richard III at the same venue from December 1.

[Image via The Darling website]

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