Ambassador Hotel Review – The Observatory Hotel

- Kathy Lette, Author

Kathy Lette


Kathy Lette first achieved succès de scandale as a teenager with the novel Puberty Blues, which was made into a major motion picture by Oscar-winning director Bruce Beresford. Since then, she’s penned a plethora of bestsellers, including Mad Cows , Nip ‘n’ Tuck, Dead Sexy, and most recently, Men – A User’s Guide.


This serene hotel, nestled in the crook of Sydney’s sandstone foreshore inclines visitors towards the adjectival. Away from the hustle and bustle of buzzy downtown Sydney, the Observatory offers sophisticated and elegant old-world charm in the style of London’s Savoy or New York’s Plaza Hotel. The location is ideal for people who want big-city-benefits with the peace and quiet of an off-the-beaten track retreat.

Large, gracefully proportioned rooms with harbour-side balconies, offer plenty of places to lounge and loll. The big, canopied, four-poster beds are as comfy as a cloud and the best cure for jet lag. Two nights of blissfully, undisturbed sleep left me so far above cloud nine I had to look down to see it.

Pleasant, reverential staff operated like a well-oiled machine to ensure everything runs smoothly. In fact, the staff were so warm and welcoming and my room so cozy and comfy, that I felt aggrieved at my too short, two night stay. Alas, globetrotting does mean taking the bitter with the suite.

The hotel offers one of Sydney’s most sophisticated bars. Just reading the selection of wine on offer gave me bottle-fatigue. Many sommeliers put the ‘bore’ into ‘Bordeaux’. But the Observatory’s bar staff advised on vintages with cheery aplomb.

The hotel promised me a sophisticated, luxurious experience and delivered on every level.

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