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Inside The Renovated Rooms of Sydney's Shangri-La

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  Site Where: 176 Cumberland Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2000
November 8, 2012 at 11:49 AM | by | ()

We've teased you a bit with the views from the Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney and now, we can show the freshly renovated rooms. Rest assured this wasn't just a fresh coat of paint and colored throw-pillow job. About 6 months ago, each room got a full rehab with some great new features.

If you're hotel geeks like us, you know Shangri-La offers some of the best service and lush room appointments in the hotel industry. This property has taken things to the next level and made their rooms even more comfy for weary travelers.

Once we walked in the room we first noticed a gentle cherry blossom motif in the rug carries up to the bed's headboard that's decorated with rich gold and auburn tones. This modern-Asian theme carries through--elegant, not kitschy or overwhelming. The rooms are quite spacious and allow for plenty of room to unpack, settle in, and discover other great finds.

The best change has been the addition of a window seat. We were fortunate enough to have a stunning view of the Sydney Harbour with a prime view of the Opera House. That view is worth the 14-hour flight from the US. The renovation took Australia's icon into consideration and included a padded seat to soak in the city views.

Forget rooms that have no storage, this room has heaps of hiding spots to stow your stuff. There's a luggage rack with a drawer for tucking your suitcase and a huge closet that can fit a good three weeks worth of clothes. This is all in addition to the normal chest of drawers and desk space.

Seems this reno has thought about everything and kept both road warriors and leisure travelers in mind. Even we forget our charging devices when traveling internationally. The hotel has thought about this too, by including built in converter plugs to ensure all your tech devices will remain fully charged. Even the furniture has a tech twist with the TV cabinet sporting its own self-contained media center. Plug in your iPhone or a USB and you can view documents or media on the big screen.Forgot the cord? No matter, send it via Bluetooth! That's pretty awesome. And yes, thank you, for the free WiFi throughout the entire property.

Room rates start at $355 AUD ($370) per night.

[Photos: Rayme Gorniak/HotelChatter]

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