West Hotel, beside Sydney’s Darling Harbour, has set the bar for romance this summer. Working with creative designers Bonnie and Neil, the hotel lets you say it with flowers in a whole new way.
There’s something quite soothing about falling asleep beneath a canopy of flowers and foliage. Especially when you’re nestled in an incredibly comfortable bed in one of the world’s most hospitable hotel lines.
West Hotel, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, only opened in December 2017, but feels like it’s always been part of the Sydney landscape.
So we were excited about our stay and to see one of Sydney’s newest hotels’ latest collaboration with creative minds and local talent.
The stay includes a package that’s perfect for a surprise romantic night away with your loved one. We’re talking special drinks, snacks, a gift and of course breakfast included.
West Hotel’s Sleep Amongst Botanics designer room take-over
Whittling away at the sharp white lines and linen you usually find in the rooms at the West Hotel, Aussie textile and design team Bonnie and Neil have brought dashes of colour and form straight from the garden.
Lush throws and cushions covering the bed pop with bright hues of nature, while artwork on the walls and pots on the table tie in to the most striking element of the room: the ceiling.
Sydney-based floral stylists The Hunted Yard have installed a draping greenery full of flowers that flows down the headboard and out above the bed turning the room into a leafy Sistine Chapel.
On the table is an automatic diffuser that sends a mist of summery fragrances from Air Aroma into the room to complete what’s probably going to be the best glamping experience you’ll ever have.
The rest of the Sleep Amongst Botanics package
Apart from the incredible experience the decorations in the room bring, when you book this package, you get a lovely skincare giftpack from Biology.
Downstairs in Solander Dining, the hotel’s beautiful bar and restaurant, West Hotel takes your sensory summer experience to the next level. Choose your complimentary cocktails and bar snacks from the Summer of Gin menu, which the hotel has worked with Sydney distillery Archie Rose to create.
The cocktails – Lemon Myrtle Fizz and Chai Bramble – both featuring Archie Rose’s Signature Dry Gin. The former is citrusy and surprisingly creamy thanks to a touch of coconut cream. The latter owes a delicious herbaceousness to the house chai and a sharpness from the fresh lime and walnut bitters.
As for the snacks, you can choose one of either the gin-infused chicken wings, gin-cured salmon or grilled gin-basted prawns.
We had the salmon and the prawns, which were delicious.
The next morning, after you’ve arisen from your beautifully serene night’s sleep outside yet inside amongst the flowers and greenery, you of course have free rein of the hotel breakfast, which is both plentiful and satisfying.
What’s in the room?
It’s clearly a modern room full of well-thought-out touches like USB ports next to the bed (on both sides), a kettle that is easy to fill, has a long enough cable to plug in easily and that doesn’t take a fortnight to boil.
There’s also a Nespresso machine with complimentary capsules, free minibar snacks and the bathroom has complimentary toiletries from Biology.
For tech, the room is fitted out with a Bluetooth-enabled audio-visual suite. And the over-sized TV (the room’s not that big) is very smart. It has a Google Chromecast device that lets you stream your favourite shows from Netflix or whichever other broadcast service you use.
And the (free) wifi in the room definitely has the guts to deal with the bandwidth too, which we very much appreciated.
The perfect location
West Hotel is on Sussex Street, right in the heart of some of Sydney’s most fun entertainment sectors, not to mention plenty of shopping opportunities in the city.
With King Street Wharf, the Streets of Barangaroo and Darling Harbour on its doorstep, West Hotel is perfectly placed for a romantic stay whether you’re visiting the city or a local.
And there’s always room service, one of the many pleasures of a hotel stay, if you want to enjoy your room for as long as possible.
West Hotel’s Sleep Amongst Botanics
West Hotel Curio Collection by Hilton, 65 Sussex Street, Sydney
Package cost: $332 per night
Offer runs: December 2018 to mid-January 2019
Included in the package:
– Deluxe room fitted out with designs from Bonnie and Neil, The Hunted Yard, Biology and Air Aroma
– Cocktails and snacks at Solander Dining in collaboration with Archie Rose Distillery
– Breakfast at Solander Dining
– Skincare gift from Biology
– late checkout
Christina and I love a staycation, exploring our city through the eyes of a visitor. But for some reason our stay in West Hotel and its fun feature room felt more like we were waking up in a different city than any we’ve stayed in before in Sydney.
We travel a lot, so we’re used to waking up in different places and knowing where we are. So it was a pleasant surprise when the morning found us momentarily wondering exactly where we were.
Perhaps it was the leafy welcome of the undergrowth above the headboard, maybe it was the flowery scent from the diffuser. Or maybe it was just that with all that extra decoration and detail, it didn’t feel as much like a hotel room as it normally does.
We stayed as guests of West Hotel Sydney.