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Sheraton on the Park Club Lounge

November 16, 2016

While we really enjoyed having more breakfast buffets at The Feast restaurant while we were staying at the Sheraton on the Park hotel in Sydney, we also had the option of having breakfast, drinks and desserts and evening hors d’oeuvres at the Sheraton’s Club Lounge.



Located on the top floor of the hotel, the Club Lounge was a very expansive and private place to just go and hang out, read, do a little bit of work or just to relax.  Decorated in a very modern way with a mix of colors, this warm space was filled with plush sofas and pillows and deep and comfortable chairs with small intimate table settings.  There was also an indoor fire pit that could be lit at night to provide some heat and, of course, some ambience.


The lounge also had a couple of outdoor balconies with amazing, unfettered views out towards Hyde Park, over into Sydney Harbour, and all the way out in the direction of Bondi Beach.  Depending on the time of year and the time of day, this would be the perfect place to enjoy a sunrise or a sunset, or just a nice drink out on the balcony at the end of a long day to just relax and unwind.


The space was set up with a main central area where that day’s food offerings and drinks could be found.  There was a coffee machine for gourmet coffee drinks, there was a long counter where breakfast offerings were set out in the morning, or cakes and goodies set out during the day, and a few hot food offerings set out during evening hors d’oeuvres.  At almost any time of day, you could walk into the lounge and find some sort of treat or goody set out for you to grab and go, or take a seat in the lounge area to just relax and enjoy the day.


During the breakfast hour, there were displays of numerous bread and pastry options to choose from.  Croissants are always a popular option for any breakfast – add some butter or some jam and you’re good to go.  Lemon-filled or berry-filled Danishes are always quite popular, crusty and flaky with a tangy, sweet filling, these can be quite filling.  Sticky buns, bread rolls and chocolate muffins were also offered.


There was another counter that was just with different sorts of fruit offerings for a lighter, healthier breakfast.  You could get fresh sliced honeydew, pineapple and cantaloupe.  There was apricots, plums and lychees.  I loved seeing the lychees, such a popular Asian fruit offering.


Continuing on the healthy theme, there was smoked salmon, cheese, and cold cuts.  There were also accompaniments such as dried fruit and grapes for a cheese plate, or lemon wedges, capers, red onions and cream cheese for a smoked salmon bagel.  Or you could throw together your own morning salad with a choice of spinach or baby arugula, shredded carrots and a couple of different options for salad dressing.  There was also oatmeal offered and various kinds of yogurt.


Then you had your hot food options.  This was obviously quite popular, the eggs Benedict.  Not to despair though, within a few minutes, they did bring out more eggs Benedict from the kitchen.


The chocolate chip pancakes were my favorite.  Smaller, silver dollar sized thick pancakes laden with semi sweet, melty chocolate chips.  Add some butter if you want, and pour on the maple syrup and these bad boys were good to go.


And again, sticking with a healthier theme, there was also broiled salmon filet in a soy sauce with sauteed bok choy.  This looked so good and I really wanted to have some, but I didn’t think that boy choy and salmon went really well with chocolate chip pancakes.  Just not a winning combination, so I held myself back and didn’t have any salmon, but it looked amazing.


I asked the waiter working the gourmet coffee machine for a latte and a few minutes later, a piping hot, beautiful latte with a steamed milk leaf  was poured and delivered to my table.  That’ll wake you up in the morning.


One afternoon, when it was cold, and drizzly outside my husband and I decided to head up to the Club Lounge and we were greeted with this welcome sight of afternoon treats.  Scones with berry jam and clotted cream.  Little tea cakes of pistachio, passion fruit and raspberry.  A coconut cake, biscotti and some candies were also offered.  Certainly a nice afternoon pick-me-up to be treated to.

Ultimately, my husband and I enjoyed having breakfast in the morning down at Feast Restaurant rather than the Sheraton Club Lounge, just because there was a wider selection of food options available.  However, having the Club Lounge was a nice perk of this hotel though.  We did enjoy going up to the lounge during the afternoons to just sit and relax with a cup of coffee or a soda and some tea cakes.  Or just to go up there and check out the view over Hyde Park and beyond out to the Harbour.  It was a nice getaway, relaxing space without being cooped up in your room all day.  And of course, it’s always nice just to have options.

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