Following the December debut of Sydney's freshly-minted Hyatt Regency hotel, Australian Business Traveller visited the hotel's new Regency Club Lounge.
With seating for 150 guests the spacious executive lounge extends across the western edge of the hotel's 11th floor, overlooking the Darling Harbour precinct and directly beneath the Zephyr rooftop bar (shown below) which is due to open in late January 2017.
And as you'd expect, the Regency Club Lounge makes the most of its views with full-length windows to bring in the afternoon sun and stunning sunsets.
In a nod to the maritime heritage of Darling Harbour and Sydney as a whole, the lounge's classy fitout and contemporary design sports subtly nautical touches (as does the rooftop bar, which looks like the top deck of a modern cruise liner).
Interior designers Bates Smart imagined the lounge as a series of cabins stretching through the hull of a ship, and played crisp whites and creams against blue flocked silk wallpaper and a material palette mixing polished wooden furnishings and joinery with marble benchtops.
There are plenty of tables where guests staying in the hotel's club rooms and suites – along with Hyatt Passport Diamond members – can enjoy breakfast with a view.
Drinks and canapés are served between 6pm and 8pm, including some dishes freshly prepared by the lounge chef, and of course refreshments and snacks are available throughout the day.
There's also a meeting room at the far end of the lounge, although when not booked by guests the wide doors remain invitingly open and the space available for anybody.
The Hyatt Regency Sydney's all-new club rooms will all be located in the adjacent tower, spread across floors 8 through 15 – four of those floors will be open by the end of this week, with the remaining floors (and a total of 130 club rooms) becoming available by early February 2017.
For more information and bookings, visit sydney.regency.hyatt.com.