A toast to Sofitel Darling Harbour

The Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour was the place to stay for the Sydney International Boat Show, and boasted a number of side events due to their fantastic location, views and service.

02 September 2022


Even from the outside, it’s possible to see how this work of architectural art cost $500 million.

Sydney architect Richard Francis-Jones designed a 590-room hotel with floor-to-ceiling views of the city and Darling Harbour, a French-inspired rotisserie and grill, and a decadent 20-metre rooftop infinity pool, which is just wonderful for cocktails or to lounge around. Did we mention the champagne bar?

There are 35 suites if you wish to upgrade your stay, which offer in-bathroom televisions, soaking tubs, private check-in and your own sky-high guest lounge, Club Millésime, on level 35.

You will also be treated to luxury French amenities, complimentary breakfast, all-day refreshments, gourmet canapes and an open bar every evening.

The Prestige suites sit in the corner and offer double the views – perfect for any influencer. Furnished with glass-top desks and offering space for separate living and dining areas, these are the rooms to book.


Jaw-dropping views, a location in the middle of Darling Harbour and plenty of French champagne – it’s impossible not to fall in love with this Darling Harbour diamond.

Did someone say bubbles? I’ve followed the trail of effervescence to the Sofitel’s Champagne Bar. This monument to my drink of choice overlooks the most Instagrammable views Sydney’s Darling Harbour offers.

Heaven is the Jeroboam of 2002 Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne, valued at $22,000. Encased in gold, the bottle is #291 of just 400 made in total. The only way to open it is the French tradition of Sabrage.

Sabrage is a celebration in itself – watch the drama unfold as an expert slices open the Champagne bottle with a cavalry saber, which is not just for a Jeroboam.

The Champagne Bar serves over fifty champagnes from smaller houses like Canard-Duchene and Pol Roger through to the major houses, so if you’re a bubble-o-phile, this is the place to congregate.

Sunset is the best time to pop the cork and lounge back in a cosy leather booth and take in the panoramic views framed by warm mahogany hued timber floors and majestic high ceilings.

For a definite signature experience, order the Mistress of Marseille. This cocktail evokes a fusion of Provence and Sydney with ingredients of Archie Rose Signature Dry Gin, Pompelle I’Apero, St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Herbs de Provence syrup, Pernod pPastis de Marseille and G.E Massenez Lavender.

Santé, as they say in Paris.



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