It can be a tricky one planning a staycation in the midst of a pandemic.
But for weeks now we have been climbing the walls in our apartment, and staring longingly at every plane ascending from Sydney Airport.
So, the chance for a reprieve at the fabulous five-star Four Seasons Hotel on George Street, even for just one night, was just too good of an opportunity to pass up.
Not all Sydney CBD hotels are seconded by NSW Health for quarantine duties, after all, and there are some incredible bargains to be had right now if you’re looking for a change of scenery, away from the usual crowds.
Here are a few more reasons why we wouldn’t hesitate to pack an overnight back again and make the short hop from North Sydney to The Rocks.
We have never felt safer
From the moment you step through the door into the vast and majestic lobby, you know you are in safe hands with. All staff wear masks, and our temperature is taken at the concierge desk, where we’re also asked about our recent travel movements in line with the hotel’s global health and safety program, Lead with Care. More Covid-related questions follow at check-in and your own personal Covid-kit with masks and sanitiser welcomes you upon arrival in your room.
Wow, now that’s what we call a view
We’re on the 18th floor in a King Suite with sweeping unimpeded harbour views to the north that take in the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. We immediately plant ourselves in the corner bay window seats directly above the hotel’s heated in-ground pool – Sydney’s largest no less – and toast our good fortune at living in such a stunning city. Although tempting to stay put right here for the rest of our stay, we make a pact to tear ourselves away to explore our surrounds before dinner.
Location, location, location
If there is a better location from which to explore all that the CBD has to offer, we’ve yet to find it. We saunter the few hundred metres from the lobby in The Rocks to the new light rail station at Circular Quay and take our first foray down George Street, tourists in our own town. Who knew something so simple could make us see this great city from a completely different lens again. We alight at the Queen Victoria Building, the city eerily replete of tourists but the shops are all open and staff grateful for every body that walks through the door it seems.
Menulog will never be the same again
What a way to get reacquainted with fine-dining. The Four Seasons’ award-winning Mode Kitchen & Bar next to the lobby is everything we had heard about, and more. Our waiter Alex is exemplary, apologetically getting the obligatory Covid rules out of the way with aplomb – he leaves us to set our own table, for example – but this new world order doesn’t detract from the experience one bit. Our mains arrive promptly, and we tear into our wood-roasted snapper, spinach, sultana, pine nuts and preserved lemon ($45) with sides of wood-roasted cauliflower ($12) and truffle emulsion and Tasmanian rosemary potato ($12). For dessert – what the hell, right! – we split the Frozen Pavlova, coconut, mango and passion fruit ($18) and Fresh truffle tiramisu and roasted hazelnut ($24) options, devouring every last morsel. Alex seems genuinely thrilled to see our empty plates and beaming smiles. It seems only fitting we follow with a sumptuous breakfast in bed the next morning. Well, it would be rude not to, wouldn’t it?
At these prices, what are you waiting for?
For a five-star hotel, the prices are surprisingly affordable, and all rooms come with the custom-designed signature Four Seasons beds complete with three mattress topper options, sumptuous 300-thread-count linen, tactile duvets and a choice of pillows (down or hypoallergenic). Deluxe city rooms start from just $221, with full harbour views on floors 18 and 19 starting from $421 a night. The hotel also has a Sydney Escape offer on until March 31, 2022 that offers a 15% discount and the flexibility of same-day cancellation.
- Our wonderful stay was courtesy of our fabulous hosts, the Four Seasons Hotel.