The hotel opened in 1903 with it’s own electricity generating plant to power the lights, fans and elevators and a CO2 gas ice-machine that not only supplied refrigeration for the kitchens, it also cooled the suites. All the latest luxuries and conveniences – modern sanitation, a resident doctor and Turkish bath were features of the thoroughly modern Taj Mahal Palace.
Today the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel is still the jewel in the crown and the tradition continues throughout the Taj group where palatial luxury is still the byword. Across 5 continents Taj has opened safari lodges, beach resorts, palaces and modern business hotels.
At first glance, Sydney’s Blue seems an incongruous addition to the Taj portfolio. An ultra modern renovation of Sydney’s heritage listed Finger Wharf, the hotel features 100 contemporary rooms and 36 loft suites. Incorporating many of the original elements like pulleys and trusses, it’s not hard to imagine this Woolloomooloo cargo wharf’s former busy life.The lobby opens to the dramatic WaterBar, the heart and soul of Blue and the spot for a romantic candlelit cocktail. Conde Nast Traveller named WaterBar one of ‘The Top Ten Bars in the World’ and it remains one of Sydney’s coolest bars in a city where cool bars come and go on a weekly basis.
Located at Woolloomooloo, Blue offers the convenience of an a-list CBD location without the traffic headaches. Parked on the marina and harbour’s sparkling waters, the hotel is just a stone’s throw from the Opera House and Circular Quay. Overlooking Sydney’s Botanical Gardens makes it one of the best spots for walking and jogging guests alike. And swimmers are also catered for with a glamorous 17 metre heated indoor pool with outdoor sun deck and fitness centre.
Our luxury Marina View King Room was spacious and bathed in warming winter sunshine. The ultra luxurious bed was dressed in 250 thread count cotton sheets and blissful goose down pillows and comforter. Turn down service included not only slippers, but also a very thoughtful closing of the blinds to ensure a little sleep-in.
Blue is not quite like other 5 star hotels or the other Taj branded hotels. Boutique, heritage and contemporary experiences all rolled into one – perfect pampering for the modern day prince.