Most major cities have at least one old grande dame hotel, the kind of place that’s made entirely of marble and has towering orchid displays in every corner and beds so big and soft and comfortable, your jet-lagged body could cry with relief. The Langham is one such hotel. Classic English afternoon tea takes place at the Palm Court, a London cab—in the Langham’s signature shade of blush—is on hand to drive you around, and the pool and tennis courts mean there’s no excuse not to indulge in the outdoorsy lifestyle Sydney is famous for. The concierge is the best in town, so tickets to exhibits and, ideally, a show at the opera house are not a problem. Take advantage.

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