The only one of the Orient-Express hotels in Sydney, The Observatory is a five-star world of gleaming marble floors and columns, with overstuffed chaise longues, polished armoires and heavy drapes filling every corner. Six of the executive suites are even named after the carriages on the legendary British Pullman passenger train; many of them with domed ceilings are flanked by traditional four-poster beds, and marble bathrooms stocked with Simplicity products. Despite its classic styling, the hotel mod-cons are present and correct, with LCD televisions, DVD players and easily one of Sydney’s most luxurious day spas (see Things To Do). As for food and drinks, finicky gastronomes will quiver over the must-try seven-course degustation menu at Galileo restaurant, a Parisian-style bistro headed up by chef Masahiko Yomoda. After dinner, have a nightcap in either the Globe or Martini Bar – with all the antiques and novels cramming mahogany shelves, it’s like something plucked directly from Pride & Prejudice.