What was once one of Australia’s largest brewery sites in the historic inner-city suburb of Chippendale – which is where Four Points Sheraton in Sydney is located – has been transformed into one of Sydney’s most exciting urban regeneration projects named Central Park.
The $2b mixed-use urban renewal project features One Central Park, a residential tower and shopping mall which features the tallest vertical gardens in the world and LED art.
The helipad-style section at the top has been designed to provide light to the park below. And even more amazingly, the gardens are not grown in soil and are watered mechanically. It’s no surprise this incredible building has won various awards for it’s unique and innovative design.
So when I was invited to stay at the Four Points By Sheraton in Sydney, I couldn’t wait to check out the area.
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Where To Stay In Chippendale: Four Points By Sheraton In Sydney
Four Points in Sydney is located just a stones throw from Central Station which means it’s really easy to get to from Sydney airport.
Getting to Sydney airport by train or a taxi is really easy from Four Points Hotel. The train takes just 10 minutes and costs under $18 per person, and an Uber costs no more than $35.
Four Points By Sheraton is actually one of the newest hotels in Sydney, having only opened in 2018.
As I walked into the building, I was greeted by professional and very friendly staff. I arrived really early because I was in Sydney for a conference so the receptionist took my bag and told me it would be waiting for me when I checked in later. They were right, because when I came back later to check in, my bags were already waiting for me in the room.
The Central Park in Sydney hotel is modern and minimalistic. There’s a hotel bar on the ground floor which is home to their very own beer called the Chippend-ALE beer – the only place in Sydney you can get it!
The buffet style breakfast at Four Points Sheraton in Chippendale consists of pastries, fruit, toast, an English breakfast plus an Asian breakfast too. Although the view looks out onto UTS, there’s a good sense of space and natural light throughout to enjoy your breakfast.
On the day I left, reception kindly made up a kick starter breakfast box for me to take to the airport which consisted of cereal, milk, granola bar and an orange juice – a perfect option for those of us getting an early flight.
There’s a small gym on the first floor I checked out, but I didn’t get a chance to use it unfortunately.
My bedroom was situated on the 10th floor. From what I saw, there’s around 14 floors in the building. My room opened up into a living room style area complete with a sofa, coffee table and TV. I was greeted with chocolates and a bottle of red wine waiting for me in the room which was a lovely touch.
Next to the sofa was a desk, perfect for those in Sydney on business who need a bit of quiet time to work.
The bed was big, a king size with huge, soft pillows and the type of bed you wouldn’t want to get out of. There’s four power points next to the bed and multiple lights situated all over the room.
The view outside showed a glimpse of the busy Broadway road and onto the beautifully designed UTS building. But we were so high up that there’s zero road noise from the bedroom. In fact, I slept so well, I didn’t hear a thing the entire night.
Off the bedroom was a huge double wardrobe space complete with bathrobes, an ironing board and even a safe to store your valuables.
The bathroom was large, complete with double basin, a shower, a bath and of course complete with travel size products to use.
Things To Do In Chippendale
In 2019, Four Points celebrated the 200th anniversary of Chippendale by creating a fantastic self-guided walking tour of the area. Not only will you be able to discover Chippendale’s history, you’ll be able to explore one of Sydney’s hippest suburbs which is home to art galleries, and some of Sydney’s best cafes and restaurants.
There’s plenty of activities and places to eat in Chippendale to keep you busy. Here’s some of my highlights you should check out.
1. Spice Alley In Sydney
When I went to check out the area, there are places to eat opposite the hotel, but I instead made a beeline to Spice Alley, just a short walk away.
Spice Alley is a fabulous eating space in the middle of the city, a hidden laneway you wouldn’t know existed unless you’re a Sydney local.
There’s many Asian places to eat at but to be honest, after eating there three days in a row, every meal I had was fantastic. You can choose between Vietnamese, Malaysian, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Balinese and much more. It’s a great outdoor space and the food is cheap street style food.
2. Chippendale Green
If you have kids with you, take them to Chippendale Green at the back of the Central Park building. It’s a lovely space to enjoy the day away from the busy street of Broadway and there’s a water feature the kids will love to play in.
You’ll notice a yellow circular sculpture in the park which has been named Halo, it’s a wind turbine to generate power.
3. White Rabbit Gallery
You’ll also notice a super cool building opposite Four Points By Sheraton in Sydney which has a circular window, this is a new art complex called Phoenix which will be open soon. It’s been built by the White Rabbit Gallery owner, Judith Neilson who lives next door to it.
White Rabbit is currently home to the world’s largest private collection of 21st Century Asian art and a fantastic cafe you need to check out too.
I love that they’ve kept The Brewery Yard Building in tact which is situated next door to Four Points in Sydney. The mixture of old and modern buildings works incredibly well that there’s just something about it which reminds me a lot of London.
When it was running as a brewery, there were pubs on every corner in the area. The workers were actually paid some of their salary in beer money. Imagine that happening these days?
If you’re staying at Four Points in Sydney on the third Sunday of the month, you’ll be able to wonder over to The Brewery Yard Markets on Chippendale Green.
6. Don’t Forget To Visit The Famous Koi Dessert Bar!
Make sure you check out Concrete Jungle’s viral blue smoothie bowls. They do some great healthy brunch options, which is just a stone’s throw from the Sydney hotel.
If desserts are your thing, check out KOI dessert bar and try one of their popular desserts. Be prepared to line up but it’s worth it!
And if you fancy going to the movies, Central Park is home to Palace Cinemas which is a small, premium cinema playing new releases and documentaries.
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