If there is one group of people who are truly spoiled, it’s Sydneysiders – they have some of the best beaches, top sports, most beautiful women, stunning nature and bonkers real estate. What others consider special, Sydneysiders consider routine. What is it they don’t have going for them? Why yes, of course, its normal to surf top swells before rolling up to your glass-encased office. It’s only fitting then that the city-by-the-sea is also home to some of the most over-the-top suites in the world. Living this large doesn’t come cheap y’all. The price tags aren’t for the faint of heart, however, there is something to the saying ‘fake it til you make it.’ You will certainly be thinking, if not acting, like a millionaire by the morning. But don’t let it go to your head – you could only afford one night. These suites are too beautiful to keep to yourself for the night, so we encourage sharing.
Ovolo Woolloomooloo – Ultraroo
Full disclosure, this suite is bigger than any apartment I have ever had. Located on the trendy Woolloomooloo wharf, with city and harbour views, the Ultraroo Suite at the Ovolo is as ‘rock star’ as they come. Standing in contrast to the nautical setting, this suite has ‘luxe Vegas’ tattooed on its bones. And because it’s by Ovolo, you also get heaps of freebies like brekkie, snacks, happy hour and valet. As for the interior of the room; a champagne refrigerator, a neon ‘fireplace’, a ‘play area’ lined with oversized couches and a wet bar all signal that its OK to be bad during a night spent here. The only thing missing is a fireman’s pole from the loft, which the management surely deemed a liability.
6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo, NSW 2011
QT Sydney – The State Suite
Strike gold in Sydney. Enjoy a new level of luxury at the QT State Suite, the former office of Sir Norman Rydge. Located in the State Theatre building, the QT is as design heavy and quirky as they come. Wood paneling, leather tufting, fur throws and a terrace will tick all your boxes. It’s a little James Bond and a little Hugh Hefner; the only things missing are a martini, which can easily be arranged, and a Bond Girl, which cannot.
49 Market Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
The Old Clare – The C.U.B. Suite
Do you identify with Jon Hamm’s character in Mad Men? Do you aspire to live that 1960’s alpha male executive lifestyle? If yes, then you should be spending an evening here. Easily one of the most unique suites in Sydney, the C.U.B. Suite at The Old Clare will having you feeling like the CEO of your own boardroom, literally. The C.U.B. Suite is located in the heritage-listed former Carlton & United Breweries’ boardroom and still features its original timber paneling, parquetry floors, cornices and even the restored executive men’s washroom. Topping out at over 100 square meters, the C.U.B. Suite offers spacious separate sleeping quarters, ample space for meeting, living and dining with an eight-seater table and an anteroom with library. This is one boardroom where you get to call all the shots.
1 Kensington Street, Chippendale, NSW 2008
Establishment Hotel – The Penthouse
What exactly would you do with a shower big enough for 8? Well, if you’re staying in The Penthouse, that’s entirely up to you. Topping out at a slick 100 m2, this dual-level luxurious loft space on the top floor of the Establishment has more than enough space and panache for an evening on the town. Appointed with king bed and guest parlor room, the exposed beams and rustic details pay homage to the building’s former life as a warehouse. You will also have full control over your in-room experience with an iPad with digital compendium – turn down the lighting, pick the soundtrack, and set the mood.
5 Bridge Lane, Sydney, NSW 2000
Park Hyatt Sydney – The Sydney Suite
What do Kanye West and Pippa Middleton have in common? They both picked the ‘Grand Daddy’ of Sydney hotels as their Australian home-base. A famous rapper and the sister of the future Queen of England both surely know a thing or two about living like royalty, so I am confident the round-the-clock butler who comes with the suite was put to good use. The Park Hyatt, while subdued in color palate and interior design, still exudes wealth with an indoor fireplace and Opera House views from every room, including the porcelain throne. And since you will be distracted by the views, the 5 giant TVs will sit collecting dust. Unless of course you want to channel Mariah Carey in her famous MTV Cribs episode and watch the TV from your hot tub. Which can be arranged. We won’t judge, we’ll be too busy being envious.
7 Hickson Road Sydney, NSW 2000