Along with our recently reviewed Melbourne’s Sofitel, there are only a few truly European-flavoured five-star hotels in Australia. Here are our pick:
Park Hyatt, Sydney
Although best known for its front-row seat to Sydney Harbour’s iconic trifecta, the bridge, the house and the fun park, the Park Hyatt isn’t just about location.
A drastic revamp to include two waterfront restaurants and bar, a day spa and 155 designer rooms means even more expansive views, marble baths, attentive service and custom-made artworks.
The Langham, Melbourne
Voted as the top city hotel in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific by US magazine Travel + Leisure four years running, The Langham must be doing something right.
Old-world opulence meets European luxury with grand staircases, plush beds, the theatrical Melba Restaurant, a day spa and that famous Langham service.
Crown Towers, Melbourne
Crown was dubbed ‘Best Luxury Hotel’ at AT’s 2012 Reader’s Choice Awards, recognised as a truly stylish stay with decedent touches.
With deep soaking baths, top-notch service and panoramic skyline views, as one reader claimed “it is pure heaven”.
Four Seasons, Sydney
The name resonates with luxury-seekers worldwide, and its Sydney outpost at Circular Quay has an envious location in the heart of the city.
It also boasts a holistic spa, elegant dining and in-room delights like thick bathrobes, oversized beds and some of the best views of the harbour.
Stamford Plaza, Brisbane
On the banks of the Brisbane River stands this Queensland icon.
Each of the guest rooms at Stamford Plaza has been lavishly appointed in timber furnishings and muted tones, with mod-cons like a flat-screen TV, on-demand movies, 24-hour concierge, and an extensive list of the hotel’s own high-tea options.