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Sydney's Observatory is Now The Langham (And With Free WiFi Too!)

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August 16, 2012 at 1:54 PM | by | ()

We hinted at the handover a a few months ago, but now everything is official; The Observatory Hotel in Sydney has new owners, The Langham Hotel Group. And they have some big plans for the luxury property. After all, it is the first Langham in city and they have to come into the scene with a bang, even changing the hotel's name to The Langham Sydney. (Sniff.)

Situated in the historical area of The Rocks, the new hotel will put guests within walking distance to the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and high street shopping venues. With 96 rooms, Langham plans on updating each room's decor and amenities (which are in desperate need of a refurb), but will keep the legendary Observatory Suite.

And good news for guests who want to get on the internet (i.e. all guests around the world), the Langham Sydney will provide free internet in the rooms. Woohoo! That's desperately needed in Sydney where most luxury hotels charge over $25AUD for wifi.

Some changes have been started in public areas and have already started to infuse traditional Langham elements to the newly re-branded hotel. Classic afternoon tea, a signature service of Langham Hotels, has been added to Galileo's, the restaurant, menu and the spa is transitioning to a Chuan Spa, Langham’s signature spa, known for its use of traditional Chinese medicine. With the changes to the spa, the iconic indoor pool topped with a ceiling that dons the stars of the Southern Hemisphere will stay.

If you are still not convinced of the new changes, each guest for the month of August can enjoy a complimentary flute of champagne in the Globe Bar and Brasserie. No doubt that the tempting menu of the new restaurants will make a great accompaniment to the bubbles.

Rates at the new Langham start at $280 ($292 US) per night, and that includes the champagne in August!

[Photos: Nadiapriestly/Flickr]

Archived Comments:

This news has brought some buzz among storage

This news has brought some buzz among storage owners since some are providing storage for renovation and construction works. They said that this alone has brought some increase in business among storage owners located near the area especially for storage of old items worth saving and newer items nearing the date of completion. Renovation works are one of the reasons why people engage storage service in order to clear up some space and let the renovation activities go smoothly. I can just imagine the volume of storage space being required for such.

Looks like

Looks like the Langham Hotel Group is relaly moving things up a notch! I've not been in the old Observatory Hotel, but the décor in the pictures here really makes me want to book myself a room and get the grand tour of the hotel now!