The Westin hotel chain is renowned for its heavenly beds—in Sydney it offers heavenly service, too. The staff here is cool, efficient, capable, and stylish as at a boutique hotel, but without the hipper-than-thou attitude. Located on stately Martin Place in the center of Sydney's central business district, the hotel's 31-story building incorporates the ornate, Victorian-era shell of Sydney's former General Post Office and has recently restored its bell tower. Heritage
Rooms, in the original building, have soaring ceilings, tall windows, and opulent decor. High-design Tower Rooms have stainless steel, aquamarine glass, and floor-to-ceiling windows for panoramic city views. A new intimate area just off The Bar is The Room, complete with an open fireplace, where drinks and light meals are served; the upscale Mosaic Restaurant has been refurbished in saffron and soft pink. Two styles of afternoon tea—heritage and Mad Hatter's (the latter complete with little cakes with clock faces)—are offered in The Bar.