Here you get the best of both worlds – a sense of history married to some very contemporary design and deluxe service. Located in pedestrianised Martin Place, smack-dab in the middle of the CBD, the Westin is partly housed in what used to be the General Post Office, built in 1887. Rooms in the heritage-listed building feature high ceilings and period details, while tower rooms have floor-to-ceiling city views and a more contemporary look (think stainless steel and pale wood). There is a renowned spa and a spectacular atrium as well as a selection of restaurants and bars in the GPO building. Exercise addicts take note: the ‘Workout Rooms’ come with treadmill, weights, a yoga mat and other fitness paraphernalia. Bar. Business centre. Concierge. Disabled-adapted rooms. Gym. No-smoking floors. Internet (high-speed). Parking ($35). Pool (indoor). Restaurant. Room service. Spa. TV (cable/pay movies). CityRail Martin Place. Rates $625-$745 double. Rooms 416.