The Westin in Sydney.
The luxurious foyer at the Westin.
The old Postmaster's quarters.
You can still meet under the old GPO clock, but what you'll find is the charming, beautiful heritage-listed Westin.
For more than 100 years, "meet me under the GPO clock" was a common phrase in Sydney. It was built in two stages and took almost 25 years from planning to the last brick being laid. It sits directly over the Tank Stream, the fresh water supply that attracted Captain Arthur Phillip to the site.
The chimes echo those of Big Ben in London, and during the Second World War, the three-storey clock tower was dismantled for fear it would be bombed.
The beautiful building with its chiming clock is now heritage listed and has become a hotel in the luxury Westin chain. It took three years and $700 million to restore and add on to the GPO complex, and the grand old building is again receiving lots of compliments and visitors.
There are 416 rooms in the Sydney Westin, 51 of which are restored heritage rooms in the old half of the building. You can actually stay inside the old postmaster's office, now called the Heritage Long Suite.
The Grand Ballroom is the old telegraph room, where telegrams and cables were received. It is the largest pillar free ballroom in Sydney and caters for up to 1000 guests, or it can be divided into four sections for smaller functions.
The Heritage Ballroom is in the restored old wing and has an 11m, arched ceiling, porthole windows and 19th century detail.
The Heritage Conference centre has six meeting rooms, including an executive boardroom and five meeting rooms.
Every bedroom has a custom-designed "Westin heavenly bed", which has eight layers of comfort. It has a custom-designed pillow-top mattress, three pure white, cotton sheets, five fluffy pillows and layer upon layer of soft down. The down blankets come in three thicknesses. A great deal of effort went into perfecting the "Westin heavenly bed" a ballroom full of 50 beds from 35 hotels was tested by executives who put bed comfort at the top of the things they most want in a hotel. If you find the bed irresistible, you are able to purchase one, as well as the linen and pillows.
High tea can be enjoyed in the lounge and it's a good place from which to admire the interiors of the building. E-Cafe is good if you want something quick and light and there are two bars to choose from. The Mosaic Restaurant is popular for pre- and post-theatre meals.
The Health Club occupies two floors of the heritage wing and was the original telephone exchange room, with high, vaulted ceiling and an original mezzanine level, where supervisors kept an eye on their telephonists.
If business is a necessary distraction, the hotel has an Executive Club, Guest Office and Business Centre with every bit of up-to-date technology you might need.