Since its refurbishment three years ago, the Hilton has reinstated itself as one of the city’s premier five-star hotels – quite an achievement as it’s done that despite being without the otherwise obligatory harbour view. From the light-filled, four-storey-high lobby with its spiralling aluminium sculpture to the 31 ‘relaxation’ rooms and suites, it is an undeniably classy experience. The design throughout is impeccable, with limestone flooring, plush fabrics, mood lighting and (in the suites) open-plan spa bathrooms. Eating and drinking spots include Luke Mangan’s Glass brasserie and wine bar, the Zeta cocktail bar and the historic Marble Bar (established 1893) in the basement, left untouched during the refurbishment. There are also extensive conference and business facilities, and a top-end health club with gym, indoor pool, saunas and steam rooms. Great views, too, from the higher floors over nearby Sydney Tower.
Bars (3). Business centre. Concierge. Disabled-adapted rooms. Gym. Internet (high-speed/wireless). No smoking. Parking ($40). Pool (indoor). Restaurant. Room service. Spa. TV (cable/DVD). CityRail Town Hall. Rates $365-$590 double. Rooms 577.