Checking in: The Darling | Sydney, AUSTRALIA

Darling, take me to The Darling.” I giggled to the other travel bunnie as we hopped off the Queen Mary 2. We had been on a short cruise onboard Cunard’s QM2 and as sad as it was to leave the magnificently legendary ship, I was also excited about our stay at The Darling. 

Nestled inside The Star entertainment complex, The Darling is a good spot to get yourself pampered. We arrived at the hotel a few hours before the check-in time and our room wasn’t ready, so we left our luggage with the staff and went for a feed. Where did we end up? Sydney Fish Market, where else? That’s the thing with the location of The Darling, even though it’s situated in Pyrmont, it’s only across the bridge from Sydney’s CBD, and a stone throw away from THE fish market.

We casually walked back to the hotel after stuffing ourselves with sea urchins, oysters and salmon sashimi, and thank goodness our room was ready because we were keen for a siesta.  The room was nice; the light lilac colour scheme was really quite relaxing. My favourite part about space was how they designed the bathroom - partially open, the bathroom has his & hers vanity, rainforest showerhead (which had fantastic water pressure by the way), and it felt really spacious for a room that’s only 35m2. Oh, and take note that if you remove anything from the amenity tray or the minibar for longer than 30 seconds, your room will be automatically charged. Unfortunately, we didn’t have much of a view from our room, but it wasn’t too much of a problem given that we spent a lot of time at the hotel’s outdoor pool. All staff were prompt and helpful throughout the property.

The Star entertainment complex has many food options, but if you do stay here, Sokyo, headed by Chase Kojima, is a must. They serve traditional “Choushoku” breakfast, which comes with fish of the day, miso soup, chawanmushi, Hokkaido yumepirika rice, nori and Japanese pickles. But if you are more of a sweet person, then you would be happy to know that Adriano Zumbo Pâtissier is literally just downstairs.

Bunnies’ Travel Notes
Bunnies’ Room Number: 673 – The Darling King Room
Bath products: Molton Brown
Perks that we loved: the abundance of food options available
Check-in/check-out times: 3pm - 11am
Time of stay: March 2015
What we paid: $450 AUD for one night

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