Posted October 27th, 2004, 01:49 AM
I've stayed at the 4 Seasons 4 times, 3 times when it was the Regent and as recently this past January as the 4 Seasons. It's my favorite hotel in Sydney. I like the rooms, the location, the service AND the view of the Opera House is awesome! Some rooms are views of the Harbour Bridge only. It's lovely, but don't miss out on a view of the Opera House.
The Shangri-La supposedly has even better views, I don't know. What I do know is that when it was the ANA, they had a reputation for just awful service. I'd go to a site like www.tripadvisor.com
and see what others have to say about it before booking.
Friends mine stayed at the Marriott a few weeks ago and loved it. They said that they had wonderful views of the Opera House from their room.
I don't understand how a "harbour view" could not include the Opera House though - unless like someone else said, it's a view of Darling Harbour and not of Circular Quay.
Re: Day Tours. Unless you're handicapped and have a hard time getting around, there's really no need to take a tour of Sydney. Buy a book with all the sights to see ( or download from the internet) and then take some taxi's and/or buses. Walk down to the Quay and take one of boat tours - plenty of signs, you can't miss them. Sydney's not a city you need a guide for. If you have time to spend a day visiting the Blue Mountains, you can arrange for a day tour through your hotel concierge.
Hope this helps.