Best im­pres­sions

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - SUITE LIFE SHERATON ON THE PARK - Brian Crisp

IN terms of fa­ther-daugh­ter ex­pe­ri­ences this one will go down in his­tory as one of the best.

My mid­dle daugh­ter Ge­or­gia is 17. Like most girls that age her life is dom­i­nated by glam­our, boys, mu­sic, shop­ping and im­press­ing friends.

I checked in to the Sher­a­ton On the Park around noon be­fore head­ing off to an af­ter­noon meet­ing min­utes away in Syd­ney’s CBD. Ge­or­gia was join­ing me later in the af­ter­noon so I had left a key down­stairs for her at the concierge desk.

As I’d al­ready seen the room I knew what she was walk­ing into. Re­mem­ber­ing that 17-yearold’s com­mu­ni­cate via text, her re­ac­tion said it all. ‘‘ Wow. This is g8t. Awe­some. I’m off to David Jones. C U l8r.’’

As any fa­ther knows this means your teenage daugh­ter is im­pressed. So im­pressed that she quickly gath­ered a few friends to show off her up­mar­ket ac­com­mo­da­tion.

The lo­ca­tion

The ho­tel’s en­trance is on El­iz­a­beth St di­rectly op­po­site Hyde Park. It is a $ 35 cab ride from the air­port and about a three-minute walk to Ge­orge St.

What we like

The Ex­ec­u­tive Club on level 21 is the best I have seen. De­signed by Joseph Pang the lounge has views over Mid­dle Har­bour and St Mary’s Cathe­dral. It has ev­ery­thing you would ex­pect from an ex­ec­u­tive lounge – wireless in­ter­net, data ports and a pri­vate board­room. The menu – drinks and food – is fan­tas­tic for ei­ther break­fast or pre-din­ner.

What we don’t

It is re­ally dif­fi­cult to find any­thing of which to be crit­i­cal. The only thing worth men­tion­ing is that the set-up in the spa seems a bit odd. You check in at re­cep­tion in the fit­ness cen­tre, then you are led to an­other area where the change room is, and then you are marched up to the pool be­fore even­tu­ally go­ing to your treat­ment room. Not very pri­vate, but a very good mas­sage.

The rooms

With 557 rooms and suites, this is a big in­ner-city ho­tel styled in a very clas­si­cal fash­ion. On this oc­ca­sion I find my­self in the Hyde Park Suite. It is huge with sep­a­rate din­ing, lounge, of­fice and bed­room ar­eas. It has ev­ery mod­ern con­ve­nience you could imag­ine. Two widescreen tele­vi­sions, elec­tronic de­vices that soften, or boost, the lights, cur­tains that open and shut with the touch of a but­ton. There is re­ally no need to pack toi­letries as ev­ery­thing is pro­vided. Well, per­haps pack your own shaver, the one pro­vided was a tad blunt.

The other guests

You see a lot of suits – and not many peo­ple in thongs – here. It is fair to say that mid­week the Sher­a­ton On the Park is a re­treat for trav­el­ling busi­ness­men and guests cel­e­brat­ing some­thing sig­nif­i­cant in their lives.

The food and drink

We dined at the Botan­ica Brasserie on level 1. It is a well-stocked smor­gas­bord with a strong seafood flavour. It was busy, without be­ing over­crowded. And the food was con­stantly be­ing re­placed, up­dated, so ev­ery­thing was as fresh as it pos­si­bly could be. You learn a lot about peo­ple watch­ing them de­vour a seafood smor­gas­bord. The food was served in three dis­tinct ar­eas – seafood, Asian and more tra­di­tional dishes. Botan­ica Brasserie won the 2008 AHA award for Best Brasserie/ Cafe of the Year.

The mini-bar test

Coke $ 6, Ket­tle chips $ 6, Crown Lager $ 9.

The bot­tom line

Hyde Park Suite: Suite for a Room Rate $ 1699 a room a night. King Guest Room with Park Views: Best avail­able rate $ 320 a room a night. Ex­ec­u­tive King Guest Room with Park Views: Best avail­able rate $ 395 a room a night in­clu­sive of Ex­ec­u­tive Lounge ac­cess for one, or $ 445 a room a night in­clu­sive of Ex­ec­u­tive Lounge ac­cess for two. If you are not stay­ing in an ex­ec­u­tive suite up­grade to the Ex­ec­u­tive Club Lounge is $ 75 a per­son.

WELL AP­POINTED: Hyde Park Suite at Sher­a­ton on the Park, Syd­ney.

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