The Langham Sydney

89–113 Kent St., Sydney, New South Wales, 2000, Australia

More English country manor than inner-city hotel, this gorgeous property feels like a decadent, luxurious sanctuary. Previously called The Observatory, the hotel was taken over in 2013 by Langham Hotels, a British brand with many upscale hotels in its portfolio. Little has changed with the exception of new beds, known as Langham blissful beds (each with a custom-made feather topper) in each suite and guest room. The spacious rooms, with their Venetian- and Asian-inspired decor, have mahogany furnishings, antique reproductions, plush fabric, and some suites have four-poster beds. The spectacular indoor pool is surrounded by marble and potted palms, with a fresco of Van Gogh's The Starry Night on the ceiling. Taking Afternoon Tea in the Palm Court is a sophisticated delight (A$55). The hotel's single weakness is its lack of views, but that's like saying the Mona Lisa's single weakness is her crooked smile.


  • sumptuous, good location
  • excellent in-house restaurant
  • afternoon teas
  • complimentary Wi-Fi


  • lack of views


Phones: 02-9256–2222


79 rooms, 21 suites
Rate Includes: Breakfast