The Star Casino Review
[Image Source: sydney.com]Sometimes the best things come in large packages, too. Opened in 1997, The Star Sydney Casino & Hotel's casino complex was one of the largest construction projects ever undertaken in Australia. Since expanded to become an even more massive mega-venue, we think you'll agree that the The Star's gambling experience and luxurious accommodations are the epitome of living large.
We reviewed the Star Casino's world-class casino, hotels, and restaurants and discovered that it is more than worth the hype (and then some). Read on to find out why planning your visit will be a decision you'll never regret.
The Star's two floors are a gaming paradise filled with thousands of slot machines and any table game you could ever want to play.
Absolute Rewards Program
The second largest casino in Australia, The Star's two floors are a gaming paradise filled with (literally) thousands of slot machines and any table game you could ever want to play. Those table games range from the traditional (blackjack, baccarat, roulette, craps) to the less common (Pai Gow, Sic Bo, Pontoon, Pinkjack) to the innovative and trendy (Dragonfire). Poker players will also enjoy the 30-dedicated tables where they can sit, while high rollers will love the VIP Inner Sanctum, a special room on floor three where table bets range from $100 to $500,000.
For frequent players, The Star definitely rewards your loyalty and makes us wonder why you would ever gamble anywhere else if you are Sydney-based. That said, their Absolute Rewards program is tied to the loyalty points you can also earn at the Jupiters Hotel & Casino on the Gold Coast and the Treasury Casino & Hotel in Brisbane. No matter where or how you accrue them, they'll eventually grant you access to exclusive benefits, discounts, and offers at these casino and dining facilities. Applying to the program is easy and free, so there is no reason not to join ahead of your next visit.
Hotels and Spas
The Star Casino Gambling at a Glance
Number of slots: 1490
Table games: 30
Minimum age: 18
Business or pleasure, luxury or more modest, The Star has two separate hotel towers that will appeal to your lodging preference. The Darling is a five-star certified hotel and recently named one of the Top 60 Best New Hotels in the World. Not only do the rooms come with incredible Sydneyside views, booking one also grants you access to The Darling's luxurious spa. There you will receive world-class skin and body treatments while experiencing new levels of relaxation.
Not to be outdone, the Astral Tower also offers amazing accommodations with world class views of the city and harbour. The rooms at Astral range from singles to three-bedroom suites to penthouses and all offer panoramic views. Inside every room you will find a mini-bar, high-speed internet, an international direct-dial phone, and at the press of a button you'll have access to 24/7 room service. And not that you'd ever need to, but if you do venture out of your room you'll get to enjoy a heated outdoor pool, which also has a skyline view.
- Has a VIP room for high rollers
- Offers a solid reward program
- Almost 1,500 slot machines
- It is huge, so be prepared to walk.
Restaurants and Nightlife
No matter the season or style, the Star Casino has something that will cure any type of food craving you have. If you're looking to taste local ingredients and flavors brought out to their maximum potentials by an internationally-renowned chef, Momofuku Seiobo is the place for you. Named one of the top 100 restaurants in all of Australia, Momofuku's menu evolves based on the season and guarantees a new experience with every visit. If you're looking for more international flavors, Sokyo and its East meets West fusion menu is also highly recommended. Plenty of more casual dining options, like Fat Noodle, Antidote, and the Café Court are great for quick bites and refreshments.
Speaking of, The Star offers a number of great bars and lounges for relaxing after a long day at the casino or spa. If you fancy yourself a wine connoisseur, the BLACK Bar offers a wrap-around wine wall in a lounge-style setting along with a slew of "pre-Prohibition" cocktails. If you're looking for something simpler like a craft pint, the 24/7 offers just that as well as over 50 LCD TVs (including three mega-screens) showing (you guessed it) wall-to-wall sports. If music is more your scene, Rock Lily hosts national and international artists along with a diverse drink menu famous for its tequila cocktails.