Crown Towers hotel opens at Crown Sydney, Barangaroo

Crown Sydney's "six star" Crown Towers hotel has opened to the public, after four years of construction, with the claim it is Australia's "most luxurious".

Take a look at the hotel and restaurants in the photo gallery above. 

The hotel forms part of Crown Sydney's $2.2 billion Barangaroo complex, with several restaurants, bars and luxury retail outlets also opening with the hotel.

At 275 metres high, Crown Towers is the tallest hotel in Sydney, with 349 guest rooms including 22 luxury "villas". There are 14 restaurants and bars on site, along with a spa and pool.

There's also a free observation deck open to the public, 250 metres up.

The 88-storey building was designed by Britain's Chris Wilkinson, whose firm Wilkinson Eyre was also responsible for Singapore's iconic Gardens by the Bay.

"Sydney is one of the world's great cities, and it deserves a great hotel," said Crown Sydney chief executive  Peter Crinis.

"A lot of time has been spent getting the offer right. Our chef line up reflects some of the most exciting names in the culinary food scene – we hope this becomes a destination people want to visit time and time again."

Restaurants on site include Japanese Nobu, from internationally renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa, modern Australian at Woodcut with chefs Ross Lusted and Sunny Lusted and Italian fare from Alessandro Pavoni at a'Mare.

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What remains closed, for the moment, is the casino, with Crown's suitability to hold a gaming licence still under investigation by the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority, following revelations of its failure to prevent money laundering and its reliance on junket operators linked to organised crime at its other casinos in Melbourne and Perth.

An interim liquor licence was granted earlier this month allowing Crown to move ahead with opening its non-gambling venues.

Rooms at Crown Sydney start from $850 per night. See crownsydney.com.au

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