Kimpton makes a splash as perfect staycation hotel

The Kimpton's stunning foyer.
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The Kimpton Margot Sydney is certainly making a splash with its new Summer Lovin’ package.

As far as I’m concerned, few things are better than being a tourist in your own city, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to enjoy some downtime before Christmas.

The five-star hotel opened on Pitt Street in Sydney’s CBD in February 2022, rekindling the love that both local and international guests have for the city.

Upon walking into the grand pillared lobby, which captures the spirit of the 1930s, it became clear to my companion and I that this wasn’t just any boutique accommodation.

We were checked in by friendly staff before making our way upstairs to find our room, which was fitted with all the amenities, including a coffee machine, robes and slippers for the both of us, and a tablet to make reservations and request any additional items.

The hotel has 172 guest rooms and suites across its 10 categories, which all showcase serene contemporary design with a dash of Art Deco – delivering a nod to the building’s heritage.

We stayed in a standard room, but if you’re looking for something a bit extra you can upgrade to a room with a separate living area, or a luxurious suite with a butler’s kitchen and powder room.

After dropping off our bags, we headed straight to Harper Rooftop to indulge in a few cocktails by the pool.

In the evening, we made our way to the mezzanine for ‘Social Hour’, which is hosted daily between 5pm and 6pm, to enjoy a glass of wine (or two) with some other guests.

The dining options in the city are endless, but we opted for Khao Soi – a Thai restaurant in Haymarket.

To get around, Lekker bikes are available to rent for free. They, along with a helmet and bike lock, can be arranged at reception. But if that’s not your style, Town Hall Station and the QVB Light Rail Station are both within walking distance.

Upon our return to the hotel, the comfortable king size bed meant that we were asleep as soon as our heads hit the pillows.

The Kimpton Sydney.

Before we knew it, we were at Luke’s Kitchen – helmed by celebrity chef Luke Mangan – for a complimentary à la carte breakfast.

After enjoying some baked pastries and a bowl of fresh fruit, we were given a menu which offered everything from smashed avocado on toast to the classic big brekkie with bacon, eggs and hash browns.

Before heading home, we took some more time to explore the city – first checking out Pitt Street Mall before walking to Darling Harbour for a Captain Cook Cruise.

If you’re in need of some R&R, a special staycation might be the way to go!


The writer stayed as a guest of Kimpton Margot Sydney.

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