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THE Shangri-La Ho­tel, Syd­ney, near the his­toric Rocks precinct at the city’s north­ern end, has launched 90 freshly re­fur­bished pre­mium ho­tel rooms and re­opened its Level 30 Hori­zon Club Lounge af­ter an $8 mil­lion re­vamp. The lounge, which caters to 123 guests and has a unique communal ta­ble for solo trav­ellers, is open to oc­cu­pants of Hori­zon Club rooms and suites on the six high­est ac­com­mo­da­tion lev­els and is now 20 per cent big­ger at 335sq m. From this bird’s-eye perch, there are fab­u­lous har­bour and city sky­line panora­mas through 13m-tall win­dows (or a brass tele­scope); the views of traf­fic cross­ing the coat hanger bridge (es­pe­cially by night, in streams of mov­ing lights) and bustling har­bour ves­sels are mes­meris­ing. There are also un­ob­structed an­gles of the Syd­ney Opera House and over to the wa­ter­way’s north­ern fore­shores. Grace Lei Guo of Stack Stu­dio headed the re­design, based on an ar­chi­tec­tural con­cept of a light­house sit­ting at the head of the har­bour; a tremen­dous brass and crys­tal LED chan­de­lier by Mark El­liot of Point of View sus­pends three brass rings of 1.5m to 3.5m in di­am­e­ter and forms the space’s cen­tre­piece, act­ing as a bea­con that ap­par­ently can be seen from many har­bour­side van­tage points. Hori­zon Club priv­i­leges in­clude late check­out, light buf­fet break­fast (with house-made but­ter and honey from the ho­tel’s rooftop bee­hive), af­ter­noon and evening re­fresh­ments, free WiFi and concierge ser­vice. More: Shangri-la.com/Syd­ney.

SU­SAN KURO­SAWA

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