Ho­tels

Stay at Syd­ney’s new­est ho­tel, and visit two ren­o­vated Lon­don icons.

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Syd­ney’s Dar­ling Har­bour will be graced with some French flair when the Sof­i­tel Dar­ling Har­bour — the first new-build, five-star ho­tel to launch in the city since the Olympic Games — opens its doors this month. Ar­chi­tect Richard Fran­cis-Jones has deftly com­bined the twin in­flu­ences of the har­bour’s mar­itime his­tory and the style and char­ac­ter of the French city of Marseille to bring a re­laxed so­phis­ti­ca­tion to the 590-room ho­tel.

In­side, th­ese themes are echoed through the grand­est state­ments — soar­ing curved wooden ceil­ings in the Club Milles­ime lounge and a huge aquar­ium be­hind the lobby — to the tini­est of de­tails, such as drift­wood room-num­ber plaques and the menu on of­fer in the Ate­lier by Sof­i­tel restau­rant. The ho­tel’s lo­ca­tion means it can of­fer guests in­cred­i­ble views over the city and the har­bour — take them in from the 35th-floor club lounge or the fourth-floor in­fin­ity pool area.

CLOCK­WISE FROM ABOVE The Sof­i­tel Dar­ling Har­bour; his­tory re­peats at The Ned; the new Bel­mond Cado­gan.

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