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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.