Hilton Sydney, Hotel Review

Hilton Sydney, Hotel Review, Australia


You can’t beat the location of the Hilton Hotel Sydney. Smack bang in the middle of the city it’s walking distance to many attractions, and only steps away from bars, restaurants, shopping and entertainment. Certainly one of the many benefits is that of easy and covered access via the underground train walkway. Taking the Town Hall stop, you can proceed sheltered to the Queen Victoria Building coming out directly in front of the hotel. As mentioned, the QVB is an immediate neighbour, and on the other side is Pitt Street Mall – shopping and food options in abundance.

Hilton Sydney, Hotel Review
Exterior Hilton Sydney

The most recent major renovations of the hotel were over a decade ago and saw the lobby overhauled into a grand entrance. High ceilings and plenty of glass gift natural light, and a near 17 metre high metal installation, Vine, by Australian artist Bronwyn Oliver draw eyes coiling upward to the ceiling.

Hilton Sydney, Hotel Review
Lobby Installation


This is a large hotel with 579 rooms in eight different categories. Our Hilton Executive Room features a deliciously comfortable king bed with pillow menu and blackout blinds for sound slumber. It’s simply adorned with a timber headboard, and some cheery splashes of colour are supplied by the rug, cushions and upholstery.

Hilton Sydney, Hotel Review
Welcome Chocolates in Our Room

The bathroom makes good use of a compact space, with a single vanity, enclosed shower and toilet. Toiletries are of high quality and the fluffy robes and slippers are especially appreciated after returning from a chilly winter day outdoors.

Besides the expected high speed Wi-Fi (although not all rooms come with complimentary access), LED TV, electronic safe and alarm clock, the room also stocks a CD and MP3 player. There’s a large work desk and ergonomic chair creating a dedicated space to easily catch up on some writing.

Hilton Sydney, Hotel Review
Guest Room

Complimentary tea and coffee are provided, but as we have Executive Lounge benefits we lap up the luxury of having someone else make it for us. The Executive Lounge offers the regular advantages of a light continental brekkie, non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day, afternoon tea, and cocktails and canapés in the early evening. Business centre resources and desktop computers are accessible via the lounge, and I make use of the pressing and shoe shine service before heading out to dinner.

Hilton Sydney, Hotel Review
Club Lounge
Hilton Sydney, Hotel Review
Lemon Meringue Tarts – Afternoon Tea Treats in the Club Lounge
Hilton Sydney, Hotel Review
View from the Club Lounge


With 28 meeting and conference rooms, there’s no wonder why Hilton Sydney is one of the top choices for business travellers. More to my interest however is the LivingWell Premier Health Club containing a 25-metre swimming pool and comprehensive gym facilities. And, when I say comprehensive, I mean one of the largest hotel gyms in the city. This is not your average fitness room, but an extremely well decked facility including two fitness studios, over 60 group fitness classes a week, two saunas, two steam rooms, and a personal trainer and masseuse on call.

Hilton Sydney, Hotel Review
Pool, Hilton Sydney
Hilton Sydney, Hotel Review

Alysium Spa supports the wellness provisions with a range of facials, massages, body treatments and packages. There was no time this round to check it out, but I imagine it a convenient venue for a quick spot of assisted de-stressing.

Food and Beverage

Celebrity chef Luke Mangan has chosen Hilton Sydney as the location for his famous Glass Brasserie. Contemporary cuisine making the most of fresh local ingredients is surely a highlight, but I have my eye on the wine bar which features over 1000 wines from around the world. The bottles are seductively displayed behind a glass wall as backdrop to the bar. For a beverage in a stylish location, the rooftop Zeta Bar promises a menu of cutting edge cocktail recipes. Head downstairs however and the iconic Marble Bar supplies wine, beer and classic cocktails accompanied by live music.

Hilton Sydney, Hotel Review
Glass Dining
Hilton Sydney, Hotel Review
Breakfast at Glass
Hilton Sydney, Hotel Review
Marble Bar
Zeta Bar, Hilton Sydney, review
Zeta Bar

The service has been professional and helpful, the location flawless, and the facilities we sampled have been first rate. The Hilton Sydney is a fine base from which to explore the city.

Reasons to visit: central location in the Sydney’s downtown, walking distance to major attractions, shopping, food and entertainment, and undercover access from the train; comfortable rooms; good food and beverage options within the hotel and a whole lot more just steps away.

Hilton Hotel Sydney
488 George Street
Sydney, NSW, 2000
+61 (0) 2 9266 2000

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  1. Hilton, no less. Nice touch, the chocolate welcome and the tart looks absolutely perfect.

  2. Even though I don’t drink alcohol, this doesn’t stop me from appreciating the architectural beauty of the marble bar! The lobby installation is very dramatic! I love the zeta bar, it is a beautiful and nature-like setting. The breakfast looks very appealing to me, simple and nutritious. I also love the glass dining area with the oval benches and the round tables! What an amazing place! 🙂

    • The marble bar is a hit with many, and the glass dining area is a fabulous spot to begin the day.

  3. What a history – the restoring stone/brick/marble and every fitting of the Marble
    Bar in what was previously on this Hilton site, the old regal Adams Hotel.
    Bit before your time, Monica.
    I just managed to get into the original Marble Bar in the Adam’s when that hotel
    was pulled down to make way for this Hilton where history prevails with that
    assassination/bomb plot of the Fraser Prime Ministership years – the
    Commonwealth Heads of State meeting.
    No doubt Monica you recall that – the bombs in the garbage bins.

    The new RESTORED Marble Bar retained the authenticity with the spittoons and the
    old hot dog stall with the mustard sauce. I haven’t been into the Marble Bar since the
    1970’s. I hope it hasn’t changed???
    I think that the HILTON chain when it bought the site from the Adams ( Tattersalls Lottery Group) did not intend restoring the old Marble Bar and the Government stepped in and told the Yanks ( HIlton chain) – no Marble Bar, then no Hilton Hotel.
    Conrad Junior quickly changed his mind – ha ha.
    El Colin Cordobes
    PS: Monica – an ashtray from the Adam’s Marble Bar would be worth a lot of money – ha ha!! I failed my “nicking” test!!

    • It’s a beautiful place and of course full of people the weekend I was there. My memory for Sydney hotels only goes back about 20 years. Before then I was too young to appreciate anything but the beach and the ferry ride across the harbour 😉 Thanks for filling in the history gaps for me. And… no more chances for you and ashtrays I’m afraid (and also quite relieved) – I love that Australia-wide bars are smoke free. Something that has not yet swept all of Asia and the reason why I avoid many of them over here.

  4. I see you have a soft spot for lemon tarts! 😉

  5. Hello, what a beautiful hotel. The Marble Bar has grabbed my attention. Delicious food. Wonderful post and photos. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

  6. Those welcome chocs look delicious … I wonder if the Hilton kl has them too! 😉

  7. Great hotel and something special about the marble bar. Yummy welcome chocolate and tarts!

  8. Look at the Marble Bar!
    Reminded me of the song, I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls. 😉

  9. A beautiful hotel!

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