Great location, rooms have an amazing view.
The Shangri-La Sydney is in a great location away from the busy streets, but close enough to walk to the harbour and the Opera House. The rooms are spacious and the service is everything you would expect from a Shangri-La hotel.
It takes about 35 minutes for an Uber to get from the airport to the hotel with a bit of traffic. Check-in was quick and our bags were brought up to the room straight away.
We stayed in a Premier Sydney Harbour Room for an anniversary stay. I can say with almost certainty that the views from this room over the harbour and the Opera house are some of the best views from any city hotel in the world. The room was nice and spacious with a large bathroom and a very powerful shower. We were given a complimentary bottle of Champaign for our anniversary stay.
The location of the hotel is perfect. It takes about 25 minutes to walk to the botanical gardens and about 10 minutes shorter to walk to the harbour. The street on which the hotel is located has a couple of local pubs with an amazing Japanese teppanyaki place on the corner.
The hotel bar on the top floor, of course, had awesome views but the bar itself was a little disappointing. It is small for a start, and it takes ages to get a drink as there are literally two guys making cocktails. Good to pop up, but annoying to stay. There are enough late-night bars in the main financial district to not have to stay in the hotel anyway.
There is no other bar in the hotel, which is surprising as there is usually a lobby bar in Shangri-La hotels. There is a café in the lobby for lunchtime snacks, but I felt the menu was a little basic and bland.
Check out was easy and we were able to get a taxi to the airport.