JONAS
Jonas Rask Eilersen
Sheraton on the Park
161 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
25th September 2015

Although it’s “only” a Sheraton, the recently refurbished Sheraton on the Park aims to compete with the likes of Park Hyatt and Shangri-La – but does it measure up? RASK put the Sheraton through its paces.

Location
Well placed for both work and play, the Sheraton is positioned in Sydney’s central business district, at the edge of Hyde Park. It is close to both the CBD, Circular Quay, as well as the Oxford Street and Surrey Hills bar and restaurant areas. All in all, a pretty fabulous location.
Who stays?
From first glance: plenty of guests from the Starwood Preferred Guest programme business travellers as well as leisure groups.
Style and Character
Art déco-inspired – but of the sort which easily seems a little dirty and dusty. Things are a little too “shiny” for my liking and the overall “theme” is just not executed that well.
Service
Service on arrival was quick and efficient, and pleasant throughout our stay, but not particularly inspired. Slightly surly ladies in the spa, I might add. The doorman was always ready to assist with taxis and directions – not expecting a tip.
Rooms and Suites
Elements of the art déco feel of the reception and lobby areas continue into the bedroom, mixed with more modern style choices, such as nautical porthole mirrors. Although not the most exciting of décor choices, everything had a new and fresh feel. Room sizes start at 40 sqm – choose from either a city or a park view. RASK enjoyed kicking back mid-afternoon to a view of the Sydney City Tower. The bedroom was also well equipped with an ample work desk for the business traveller and a TV and DVD player for taking time out. Other facilities include an extremely large safe and free wi-fi access.
The bathroom was equipped with all the usual amenities of a Sheraton in addition to both a shower and a tub. Robes and slippers were available and there were a few Sheraton branded soaps and lotions. None of this stood out as being especially outstanding though – we would have preferred to have been ‘treated’ a little more.
Food and Drink
You don’t go hungry here, but in a foodie city like Sydney, it all just feels a little dull at the Sheraton.
Yes, you can surely fuel up for the day at the newly revamped “Feast” (previously known as Bontanica Brasserie), the hotel’s all-day dining option. Dining outlets for later in the day include the Observatory Bar - a somewhat chic tapas bar with great views, and The Gallery Tea Lounge, for lighter meal options or the hotel’s version of high tea.
Features, Wellness, and Amenities
The spa, “Rejuvenation on The Park” has undergone a renovation and now has the prices to match. Those feeling flush can choose sports and hot stone massages, or specialist treatments such as a Waterlilly seasonal wrap and a Vanilla Bean Crème Body Polish. You can get your fitness fix on the range of new sports equipment in the 24 hour gym, use the indoor pool - or better still: head out in the fresh air and go for a run around Hyde Park.
In terms of business and work spaces, you can take your pick from 18 meeting areas, including the huge Grand Ballroom on the second floor (ideal for large-scale events), a range of boardrooms on the fifth floor, and Sheraton’s signature Link@Sheraton business centre offering seven computers, a television and a round table. You’ve seen this before; but it actually seems to work here.
Perceived Value
There are certainly more exciting hotel options in Sydney; however, value-wise, this place is honestly great (although not a patch on the Shangri-La or Park Hyatt).
Verdict
Everything you would expect from a high-quality hotel such as the Sheraton, but no more. Those looking for something extra special would do best to keep looking.