Thursday, 26 July 2018

The Langham Hotel, Sydney.

If you've been reading here for a while you'll know I'm a huge fan of the Langham Hotel group. I've previously stayed at The Langham in London, and The Langham in NYC, and now the Langham in Sydney! Just like the other two hotels the Langham in Sydney is classy, elegant, and sophisticated, with bags of beautiful classic style and soft pink and cream furnishings and details everywhere you look.


Staying at The Langham in Sydney gave me the opportunity to truly experience Sydney as a tourist on a little staycation before I moved back to London. At the time I lived just down the road in Paddington, so got the bus up the road one afternoon and checked in with just a small overnight bag. As soon as I stepped through the doors I felt as though I were in a Langham property. It reminds me of Shangri-La hotels, and how every hotel feels and smells the same. It's my favourite thing about the smaller more high-end hotel chains.



Check-in was a breeze, and soon I was opening the door to my stunning room. It was without a doubt one of the prettiest hotel rooms I have ever had the pleasure of staying in, and even prettier was the tower of macarons waiting for me on the coffee table! I spent what seemed like ages staring at every little detail in the room; the Egyptian cotton sheets, the modern and brightly coloured artwork on the walls, the shutters on the door which opened onto the balcony, and the beautiful headboard above the bed. The attention to detail was just incredible, and I couldn't believe this was an entry-level room.



I decided to go to the tranquil spa for a swim, and then spend the afternoon in my dressing gown on the bed in-front of the TV nibbling on macarons, before heading out into the city. It was bliss, and what I desperately needed after my jam-packed South Pacific itinerary!



Exploring the city from the hotel was super easy, mainly due to the hotel's insane location right next to the Sydney Observatory and The Rocks area. I wandered up to the observatory to catch the sunset, then over to Hacienda for a dinner-for-one. I quite like taking myself off for dinner sometimes for some quiet time, and after a few weeks with non-stop socializing, I really needed that 'me' time to just stop and think.

After a quick stop-off at Gelato Messina on the way back to the hotel, I wandered slowly through Circular Quay and The Rocks, soaking up all the sights one last time. And then I tucked myself up in the humongous bed and fell asleep immediately, blissful in the knowledge that for the first time in weeks, I didn't have an early alarm set.

My stay at The Langham was perfect in every way. Apart from when I checked out and was faced with a circle of very intimidating men with earpieces at the elevator, which turned out to be the security lot for the Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago! I felt as though I had stumbled into a James Bond movie set, which I guess isn't such a bad thing.

Anywho, The Langham Sydney is ideal if you want somewhere within a 5-minute walk to the city but in more of a suburb-feel location rather than right in the main CBD. The location really is lovely, and is also close to the Barrangaroo area and right round the corner from one of my faves, Hotel Palisade. It's definitely the prettiest hotel in Sydney, and I just adore the little touches at Langham; the pink-branded chocolates at turn-down service, the pink-branded water bottles, and the blush pink touches and luxurious pale colour scheme throughout the decor. Not to mention the staff are always genuinely lovely! 

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