This 1930's Art-Deco building was apparently inspired by the Empire State Building, but don't run away with the idea that this is a soulless skyscraper, it isn't.
It is compact and housed the city's Opera House from the 1950's to 2008, when the new Opera House opened.
After a total refurbishment, it opened as a hotel in 2009 and what a great job the designers did.
It is now a much sought after and chic destination, with a very modern and stylish appearance.
The large and airy reception area doubles as a comfortable coffee lounge in which to relax, with free bean-to-cup coffee, teas and fresh fruit for guests, which is available 24hrs a day.
The corridors are especially striking with green, purple or red lighting columns.
Breakfasts are taken in the vast and eye-catching Grilleret Restaurant. And what breakfasts! Simply every food item you could think of is available, and some you wouldn't think of too. Everything from hot dishes to caviar, smoked salmon, meats, cheeses, breads, pastries, fruit and more to cater for gourmets and gourmands alike.
The hotel also includes afternoon snacks, a light evening meal and hot drinks in the 7th floor dining area.
Whilst the evening meal will not win a Michelin star, it is wholesome food consisting of soup and breads, a hot choice with vegetables, cold meats, cheeses and accompaniments, a dessert, cake and hot drinks. Considering the prices in town, this is a very welcome bonus.
The spacious and well appointed 8th floor lounge is a contemporary refuge in which to take the post meal drinks and relax. There is also an outdoor verandah with city views.
The basement houses a New York style gym.
The multi-lingual staff are genuinely friendly and helpful and have a smile and a word for everyone.
An internet station in reception is free for guests to use – uk hoteliers take note.
The No.12 tram stops almost outside the hotel doors and this takes you to the waterfront, which is otherwise an easy fifteen minute walk.
The hotel is centrally located, being just a five minute walk from both the bus and railway stations.
This hotel is a very desirable and chic place to stay. It receives consistently good reviews and recommendations and has exceptionally good prices for a city centre location, especially in one of the most expensive cities in the world.
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