Forbes shines spotlight on The Darling

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Forbes shines spotlight on The Darling as the only Five-Star rated hotel in Sydney three years running



The Darling at The Star Sydney has been crowned the highest-ranking hotel in Sydney and one of the most prestigious hotels in the country, after scoring an impressive Five-Star rating for a third consecutive year by Forbes Travel Guide. Releasing its annual star rating list today, the Forbes Travel Guide is the only independent, global rating system in the luxury travel sector and has been the gold standard in the hospitality industry since 1958.


Forbes Travel Guide Chief Executive Officer Filip Boyen said Forbes Travel Guide is proud to list The Darling on its list for the third consecutive year.


“As we continue to grow our coverage of Australia, The Darling remains the only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel in Sydney, and the staff continue to show their dedication to service consistency, including a standout food and beverage program, high levels of efficiency and an overall courteous and thoughtful team.” he said. 


“We congratulate our colleagues at The Darling on this wonderful achievement.”

The Star Sydney Chief Operating Officer Dino Mezzatesta said the team was honoured to have received the Five-Star rating for the third year in a row.


“To be ranked as one of the best hotels in the world for a third-year running is a huge achievement for our team at The Star Sydney and The Darling,” Mr Mezzatesta said. 


“We are always working to ensure we find the perfect balance between offering the epitome of luxury coupled with a truly welcoming experience where we exceed guests’ expectations each, and every time.


“We want The Darling to be our guests’ home away from home and for them to feel welcome and relaxed as soon as they walk through the doors. 


“We are thrilled to receive this significant status from Forbes Travel Guide and look forward to continuing to put The Darling on the global map as the place to stay in Sydney.”


Designed as a stand-alone structure, the hotel forms part of The Star’s broader property, but offers its own unique arrival experience, amenities and personality.


Housed in a distinctive inverted glass tower resting on a sandstone podium, the hotel features 171 stylish and spacious rooms, suites and penthouses, a 25-metre outdoor heated swimming pool, world-class cuisine and an indulgent day spa. 


A destination in itself, The Darling Spa offers 13 luxurious treatment rooms including two exclusive couples’ suites and a Moroccan Hammam chamber, a steam room, salt water Jacuzzi and a gym for an all-encompassing experience.  


Located at The Star Sydney, The Darling has been a key feature of Sydney’s leading entertainment and hospitality scene, since opening in 2011. 


About Forbes Travel Guide
Forbes Travel Guide is the only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas. Our anonymous professional inspectors evaluate based on up to 900 objective standards, with an emphasis on exceptional service, to help discerning travellers select the world’s best luxury experiences. The only way to get a Five-Star, Four-Star or Recommended rating is by earning it through our independent inspection process. For our full award winners list, daily travel stories and more information about Forbes Travel Guide, visit


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About The Star Sydney
The Star Sydney is Australia’s premier place to play. A sip of sparkling. A dozen freshly shucked oysters. Crisp white sheets and red carpet. Diamonds and spades. Gucci and gastronomy. The day begins with luxury – where it ends is up to you. At The Star, we have just one mission – to thrill. That’s why we have all star chefs and restaurants, luxurious accommodation and high-end fashion, a sumptuous day spa, an amazing nightclub, and, of course, the world-class casino. It’s all yours for the taking, so will you? Come and play at The Star. For more information or enquiries, visit or call 1800 700 700.


To learn more about The Darling and to experience the hotel for yourself, visit


Connect with The Star Sydney: 



Erica Chen, Senior Public Relations Executive, The Star Entertainment Group 
Email:, Phone:  02 9657 9413 | 0416 119 567 


Aimee Robinson, Account Manager
Phone: 0433 831 705