Swissôtel Hotels and Resorts is a group of deluxe hotels operating under the famous Raffles umbrella. Located around the world in gateway destinations and city centres, the group offers modern and functional design with doses of local character combined with high standards of Swiss hospitality, efficiency and quality. They have easy access to business and shopping districts and local attractions, so are perfect for businesspeople, tourists and weekenders.
So many hotels of this calibre aren't really suitable for young guests, but Swissôtel Sydney has turned the tables on that score. An idea of special children's rooms was piloted at Swissôtel Istanbul and proved so popular that the service is now available in all their 24 hotels. The rooms adjoin the adult rooms and the services of a nanny can be arranged.
Children under 10 can also enjoy the same five-star, home-away-from-home stay extended to adults in a special room fitted with child-friendly materials and furnishings. There is a play corner with space for romping, colourful bed linen and desks designed and measured for small people.
Walls are decorated with fun designs, bathrooms have gentle body products, small fluffy robes, colourful towels, a rubber duck and Godzilla to share the tub with. There is a good supply of reading and colouring books and each child is given a fluffy toy to take home. The mini-bar is stocked with special treats and the room service menu lists all those things children love to eat.
Facilities for adults include Crossroads Bar and Lounge. It offers an extensive wine list, express breakfast and light luncheon and from Monday to Saturday evenings there is live entertainment. Happy hours run from 5.30 to 7.30pm Monday to Friday.
JP Bastiani Restaurant offers Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and has a wine cellar of more than 2000 bottles. They serve all meals on weekdays and breakfast and dinner on weekends and public holidays. Each Saturday they serve a seafood buffet. The split-level restaurant is bright and spacious, featuring native timbers and bay-window-style alcoves.
The restaurant is named as a tribute to a Corsican renaissance man who enjoyed the good things in life and loved to share his passion for fine dining. He developed a thriving business preserving fruit and vegetables, utilising the new-fangled tin can. He left Corsica for Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Loire Valley and Paris and was eventually lured by the exotic far east and settled in Singapore, from where the legend grew.