Attached to the lobby is the Waiting Room, a bar created by Neil Perry’s Rockpool Group that serves up a range of classic and house-crafted cocktails that always tempt, tease and excite the palate. Think a Pina Colada with a homemade coconut-infused Jamaican rum, or a Sherry Cobbler with a lemon and pineapple syrup made in the Rockpool kitchen out the back. The bartenders are happy to make suggestions and they don’t disappoint when charged with the task of shaking up a Hemingway Daiquiri and an Aviation.
Next door is Rockpool Bar & Grill, a restaurant that continues to receive rave reviews thanks to the high quality of the beef and seafood, and top shelf service. Neighbouring Spice Temple has recently introduced a lunchtime yum cha menu (noon-3pm daily), while Bistro Guillaume has re-opened in a new space and offers an exciting Parisian-bistro menu from Chef Guillaume Brahimi. For something more casual, stroll down to Robert Marchetti’s Giuseppe, Arnaldo and Sons where it’s about modern Italian food and wine.
When you book, make sure you get Crystal Club access where it’s no less than a glass of Champagne on check-in and pre-dinner cocktails and canapés, while rounding out a romantic getaway is a treatment at the rejuvenated Crown Spa, due for completion in the coming months.