Bathed in complete and utter luxury is The Darling, the only Forbes five-star rated boutique hotel in Sydney. The Darling is located within The Star entertainment complex alongside the banks of the Darling Harbour in Pyrmont.
In addition to its Forbes five-star rating, The Darling is also renowned with many domestic and international awards in luxury accomodation, as well as multiple Certificates of Excellence with TripAdvisor – the world’s biggest travel company.
Simply walking into The Darling Hotel was a glamorous experience. Bold but warm and romantic shades filled the expansive lobby, with fresh orchids all around. The concierge and staff were extremely welcoming and helpful, and checking-in just before the normal time of 1500 hours was accommodated to without hesitation.
Arriving to the Darling King Suite was a breeze. The lifts opened to a polished marble lobby exuding luxury and utter class, which was complimented by the oriental-inspired red fabric-covered walls and hallways leading to the guest rooms. The Darling King Room was just as luxuriously decorated. I had a view of the Pyrmont city skyline, as well as of the impressive custom-designed 25m outdoor pool area.
In addition to an outdoor lap pool (which is heated to 26 degrees – ideal for the colder months) The Darling offers guests an in-house gym, conveniently open 24/7 for those wanting to fit in an early-morning or late-night work out. Located next to The Darling Gym is The Darling spa, offering endless treatments for both individuals and couples.
Sokyo, the sophisticated and contemporary restaurant was located on the ground floor, across from the concierge desk in the lobby. This taste-tantalising restaurant provided an authentic but modern take on Japanese cuisine. I immediately felt welcomed by the staff as I was brought to my seat and a loud “Irasshaimase!” was called out to me. Everything on Sokyo’s menu sounded so tempting, but I couldn’t go past the Sashimi Platter, which included 24 pieces of mixed traditional sashimi which was impressively presented in shroud of dry ice. The sashimi itself was as fresh and delicious as sashimi can get and I was extremely satisfied.
Although short, my stay in Sydney and at The Darling in Pyrmont was a great experience. The atmosphere of this boutique hotel hardly made me feel like I was in the middle of Sydney – letalone Australia – and was more reminiscent of the luxury hotels you would find in South-East Asia. The Darling is deserving of its Forbes five-star rating, and is a hotel that I would definitely recommend if you are looking for a unique experience in Sydney.
*My stay was sponsored by The Darling, but all opinions are my own. For more information about this hotel, please visit https://www.thedarling.com.au/