I checked into the new Capella Sydney for a stay and it was absolute bliss.
As a seasoned traveller and hotel junkie, I’ve experienced some of the world’s most luxurious hotels and resorts. However, my recent stay at the newly-opened Capella Sydney left an indelible impression on me. Nestled in the heart of Circular Quay Sydney, occupying the long-abandoned 1915 sandstone Department of Education building, this exquisite hotel offers a haven of tranquillity and refined elegance that’s second to none.
Stunning design and fantastic facilities at Capella Sydney
Stepping into the main entrance with its marble floors and indigenous artworks, I was enveloped in understated luxury. The design seamlessly blends contemporary aesthetics with classic touches, creating a sophisticated ambience that’s timeless. Its attention to detail is evident in every aspect of the hotel, from the meticulously curated artwork to the plush furnishings that invite you to relax and unwind.
On the upper level of the original building (four additional levels were added during the renovation works), you’ll find the wellness spa at the Department of Education’s former art gallery. Block off an afternoon to enjoy the 20m-long heated indoor swimming pool, spa, vitality pool and sauna. You’ll find your zen in this space lit by vast skylights, and surrounded by loungers and copper-lined lanterns.
As someone who absolutely loves that six-star experience, everything at the hotel makes for a delightful experience. That includes its dining experiences: Brasserie 1930’s modern brasserie classics and wines, McRae Bar’s stellar cocktails, and Aperture’s sublime afternoon tea sesh.
A spectacular stay with excellent service
The rooms at Capella Sydney exude opulence. I stayed in one of the premier suites with breathtaking views of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. My room was a sanctuary of modern comfort, featuring a spacious layout, sumptuous bedding, and state-of-the-art amenities. The bathroom, with its marble accents and rainforest shower, offered a blissful retreat after a long day out.
One of the highlights of my stay: the staff’s impeccable service. From the warm welcome at check-in to the personalised attention, every interaction was marked by genuine warmth and professionalism.
The concierge was particularly helpful in curating a bespoke itinerary that showcased the city’s best, tailored to my interests and preferences. From securing reservations at Sydney’s top restaurants to arranging exclusive tours, the staff ensured my stay was nothing short of extraordinary. One of the standout experiences is the guest living room, which is reminiscent of a first-class airport lounge with free-flow (almost) everything.
And can we talk about the location? Capella Sydney sits in a perfect spot for visitors to explore the vibrant city. Situated in The Rocks, a historic district, it’s close to iconic attractions such as the Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay, and Royal Botanic Garden. I enjoyed strolling along the waterfront promenade and immersing myself in rich cultural offerings, all easily accessed from the hotel’s central location.
From lavish accommodations to exceptional service, every aspect of the hotel impresses. It’s the first Capella to open outside Asia, and we’re already looking forward to its expansion in the Maldives, Japan and South Korea. Whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure, a stay at Capella Sydney promises an unforgettable experience. My take? This gem deserves every accolade it receives.