Top hotels for celebrity spotting in Sydney

The West Australian
Sydney’s top hotels for celebrity spotting
Leah McLennan, AAP
June 1, 2011, 3:04 pm

Russell Brand is sleeping in my bed.

Before that, the English comedian made himself at home in my bathroom, soaking himself in the giant egg-shaped spa with its view of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens.

Then he wrapped himself in my fluffy bathrobe and helped himself to a drink from the fully stocked mini-bar.

Now, he’s lazing about on my giant bed, dropping the odd long dark hair on my pillow.

This is what I imagine Brand is doing in my hotel room.

For many weeks I have been excitedly awaiting the chance to sleep over in the best room in the house at the InterContinental Sydney – the iconic Australia Suite.

I was planning to do a story on what you can expect from a room priced at about $6500 per night. But that plan hit the dust when Brand, in town during May to promote his film, a remake of the 1981 film starring Dudley Moore, decided to check-in.

I’ve been bumped to a standard guest room instead of the palatial one-bedroom 245-square-metre suite on the 29th level, which was home for a short while to talkshow queen Oprah Winfrey during her visit to Australia.

Other high profile guests that have stayed in the Australia Suite include Bill Clinton, Cher, George W Bush, Mel Gibson, Luciano Pavarotti and Frank Sinatra. .

So what do you get for $4000, $5000 or even $7000 per night in a presidential suite or expensive penthouse in Sydney’s top hotels?


– Governor Suite, Park Hyatt. The hotel is currently closed for the largest renovation in its 21-year history and is due to reopen its doors at the end of 2011. Prior to the current make-over the Governor Suite measured 185 square metres and had six private balconies and a baby black grand piano. Elton John, Bette Midler, Michael Buble, the Rolling Stones, Nicole Kidman and Jerry Seinfeld have all stayed here. The damage: around $7000.

– Australia Suite, InterContinental. Currently the largest suite in Sydney at 245 square metres, this suite features a baby grand piano, floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Sydney Harbour and a separate kitchen, luggage storage room, bar and private entrances. The damage: around $6500.

Presidential Suite, Four Seasons Hotel. This 156-square-metre two-bedroom suite is located on the top floor, level 34, and has sweeping views of Sydney Harbour. The suite is decorated in the style of a contemporary New York City loft apartment and features a master bedroom with a four-poster bed, two full-sized bathrooms, a guest powder room and a room dedicated to luggage storage. Mick Jagger and Michael Jackson have stayed here. The damage: around $6000.

– Presidential Suite, Sir Stamford. This 153-square-metre suite features high ceilings and Italian silk wall coverings. The split-level master bedroom has a king-sized bed with a marble Louis XV antique fireplace; the lounge has a grand piano and a bar. The damage: around $5000.

– Royal suite, Shangri-La Hotel Sydney. The 242-square-metre one-bedroom suite has uninterrupted views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. It features a spacious living room with a grand piano, a separate kitchenette and an executive study. The damage: around $5000.

– Heritage Long Suite, Westin. The Westin is housed in a building that flawlessly combines Sydney’s original General Post Office with a modern 31 storey tower. The 186-square-metre Heritage Long Suite features the original postmaster writing desk from 1874. The damage: $4000.

Royal Suite, Sheraton on the Park. This suite on the 21st-floor has the look and feel of a modern New York penthouse apartment. It features a dining area with seating for eight, a butler’s entry and a walk-in dressing area. The damage: around $4000.

– Presidential Suite, Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel. This suite is located on the ninth-floor and features a sunken lounge area, separate dining, a kitchen, guest bathroom and an integrated stereo system. The damage: more than $3000.

– Wentworth Suite, Sofitel Wentworth. This suite features a dining room that seats up to 12, a kitchenette, guest powder room, dressing area and private entrances. The damage: around $2500

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