When choosing the best luxury hotel in Sydney, there are only afew obvious hotels to choose between. We have already reviewed Four Seasons Sydney Vs. Park Hyatt Sydney, Four Seasons Sydney Vs. Shangri La Sydney and now we review Four Seasons Vs. Langham Sydney.
Overall, we prefer the Four Seasons. The advantages of the Four Seasons include their exemplary service, equally amazing views from higher up, newly refurbished rooms, and the fact that this hotel has a club lounge with a view. However, if you like an indoor pool, a historic feel, a boutique size, and opening windows, you should also consider The Langham hotel which is also a fabulous hotel.
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1. Best Location: Four Seasons Vs. Langham Sydney
Four Seasons Sydney and The Langham Sydney are under a 15 minute walk from each other and are both on the doorstep of the Central Business District. Four Seasons has the historic The Rocks and Circular Quay right next door, which means it has the better location in Sydney for the Circular Quay ferries and wondering around The Rocks.
2. Best Size
Four Seasons Sydney has 531 rooms and an excellent staff-to-guest ratio, like all Four Seasons hotels. Langham Sydney has 86 spacious rooms and 13 luxury suites, so it is more boutique in size and feel. Your preference will be personal on this as there are advantages of staying in larger and smaller hotels.
3. Best Service
Four Seasons hotels always ace service, and Sydney’s outpost is no different. Choose Four Seasons if service is important to you as they get it right!
4. Best Views
As outlined above, Four Seasons rooms and communal areas offer excellent views. Four Seasons, Sydney is located in a high rise and features in our best hotels in Sydney for Harbor views.
Langham Sydney offers rooms with large windows and views of the Western Harbour or Sydney skyline, but these views are from lower down as this hotel is not set in a skyscraper building, but rather is in a historic building in Sydney. Which is best really depends on how close you like to be to the ground. Those with vertigo should choose the Langham!
5. Best Rooms
Four Seasons rooms are recently refurbished. There was a multi-million dollar renovation of all 517 rooms and suites in 2021. Sixty percent of rooms enjoy views of the Bridge or Opera House (some both), through almost floor-to-ceiling windows. Base rooms are considerably smaller at Four Seasons Vs. The Langham, starting at 26 m² of space. For more space, book a Premier Room that offers 53 m² of space. If you pick the Partial Harbour or Deluxe Harbour views, you’ll be blown away by the vista.
Langham rooms start at 49 m² of space, larger than the Four Seasons base rooms, although they haven’t been refurbished as recently. Both hotels have similarly large windows. Rooms and suites at The Langham are havens of plush furnishings, soft paneled walls, and high ceilings. Low-rise intimacy that boasts Sydney’s largest lead in rooms, all with opening windows and/or furnished balconies, each accented by views of the iconic Sydney cityscape or the bustling Western Harbour
6. Best For Redeeming Nights On Points
Neither hotel is easily redeeming loyalty points.
7. Best Style
Four Seasons rooms have been newly refurbished, and the hotel is immaculate and modern. The Langham has a more historic Victorian vibe. Everything about this hotel is beyond opulent, from the marble-lined lobby adorned with chandeliers and local artwork to rooms and suites with expansive terraces boasting dramatic city and harbor views.
8. Best Pool
The Four Seasons has a small outdoor rooftop pool, but when you are lounging, the main view is the sky which is a little uninteresting. The Langham has an indoor pool surrounded by pale stone columns which sit under a star-dappled sky ceiling. Tranquil turquoise waters and two delightful summer-inspired beach murals surround this 20-meter indoor heated pool, perfect for a few energizing laps or some quiet reading on the poolside loungers.
9. Best Spa
Both Spa’s at the Four Seasons and The Langham are excellent.
10. Best Club Lounge
Most Four Seasons hotels don’t have club lounges, but a small number do, and the Four Seasons Sydney is one of these hotels. If you don’t have lounge access at this Four Seasons, there are still some nice complimentary club-style amenities that you can make use of, including complimentary overnight shoeshine and coffee and muffins in the lobby to “grab and go”.
One reason to add a club lounge to your booking at this Four Seasons is the view. Lounge 32 is an exceptional club lounge on the 32nd floor with incredible harbor views, and this is easily one of the best club lounges in Sydney. Exclusive privileges in this private lounge, reserved for guests with Lounge 32 access only, include an excellent breakfast, evening drinks, and a dedicated concierge, all overlooking the city and harbor.
The Langham does not have a club lounge.
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