The Regent Hotel in Sydney is now a Four Season property and enjoys an excellent location on George Street with views of the harbour. Following a 17-hour flight, we arrived at the hotel and were thankful we could book massages for that same afternoon. There is a full service spa at the Regent and they have a special jet-lag package that I highly recommend. After hours of travel, we both felt truly reinvigorated, awake and relaxed! The spa has a steam room and sauna, and there is a full service gym and rooftop pool area.
The concierge was helpful in arranging dinner reservations at Quay and Rockpools, as well as obtaining tickets for the Sydney Bridge Climb -- all of which I highly recommend (see articles in my journal).
Our room was "standard" -- but don't let that be deceiving -- we had a marble bathroom and luxurious furniture which was inconsequential when compared with the view. We were on the 17th floor and looked out over Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House. Make sure you request a harbour view room as the view is spectacular -- when you wake up, you can watch commuters coming off all of the ferries, and at night the sunset and lights on the harbour guarentee sweet dreams!
The hotel has an award winning restaurant called Kables which we did not eat at but seems to be on most lists of award winning spots to dine in Sydney. We did find the hotel lobby bar to be a congenial congregating place and enjoyed the piano player each evening with cocktails before heading out for our dinner reservations.
The Regent Hotel is very centrally located. It is only a block to the Circular Quay and ferries, and the Opera House and Botanical Gardens are just beyond. It is also just a few blocks walk to the Rocks area and the Sydney Harbour Bridge (and BridgeClmb tour). You can't get more centrally located in this vibrant city.
There is a Starbucks across the street if you can't live without it. Rockpools Restaurant is down the street, the Museum of Modern Art is across the street, and the Overseas Passenger Terminal with Quay and Cruise Restaurant is just beyond.
We were highly impressed with the Regent: the staff, the location, and the facilities were all beyond first class -- and with the stregnth of the US Dollar, it was a very affordable option!