Sydney

On­go­ing de­vel­op­ment of the CBD, par­tic­u­larly around Dar­ling Har­bour, has in­creased pres­sure on rooms and sparked a frenzy of new ho­tels

Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - HOTEL UPDATE -

NEW In 2015, a swarm of new bou­tique ho­tels in­fil­trated Sydney, in­ject­ing an el­e­ment of quirk­i­ness into the slightly stag­nant hotel scene. This in­cluded the dive-bar-turned­mod­ern-gem The Old Clare Hotel in the Chip­pen­dale sub­urb, and the prom­ise of “bare­foot lux­ury” at the glam­orous beach­side 69-suite QT Bondi. Her­itage lovers wel­comed the Primus Hotel on Pitt Street, with its cel­e­bra­tion of 1930s Art Deco glam­our, along with Hotel Pal­isade, housed in a cen­tury-old build­ing and boast­ing a rooftop with en­vi­ous views over the har­bour and Baranga­roo. Two Ovolo ho­tels also opened (one in Dar­ling Har­bour, and one in Wooloomooloo) of­fer­ing their unique mod­ern take on hos­pi­tal­ity.

Last year, the big­ger play­ers took their turn. Hyatt Re­gency re­turned to Sydney in Novem­ber 2016, fol­low­ing a ma­jor A$250 mil­lion (US$200 mil­lion) re­fur­bish­ment of the for­mer Four Points by Sher­a­ton Sydney, Dar­ling Har­bour. As part of the ex­pan­sion, a new 24-storey tower saw the ad­di­tion of 222 gue­strooms, mak­ing Hyatt Re­gency Sydney one of the largest in Aus­tralia with a total room count of 892. Other high­lights of the hotel in­clude the open-air rooftop bar Ze­phyr, plus 3,700 sqm of event space in­clud­ing two ball­rooms and 21 meet­ing rooms.

Two new air­port ho­tels have opened at Sydney Air­port. In July, the 136-room Mantra Hotel opened near Ter­mi­nals 2 and 3. All rooms are Stu­dio King va­ri­ety (with vary­ing view op­tions) and come with wifi (for an ad­di­tional fee) and rain show­ers. The 24-hour re­cep­tion prom­ises an “ex­press check­out”, while the on-site restau­rant of­fers buf­fet, à la carte and grab-andgo op­tions. Daily rates (in­clud­ing break­fast) start from A$195 (US$155) per night – though an open­ing of­fer of A$159 (US$126) is avail­able in­clud­ing 1GB of in­ter­net ac­cess per day and wel­come drink voucher.

Of­fi­cially open­ing its doors on Septem­ber 1, the new “re­fresh­ingly sim­ple” Trav­elodge Hotel Sydney Air­port fea­tures 209 rooms (with king, twin or triple bed con­fig­u­ra­tion op­tions), T’s Bistro (all-day din­ing with an al­fresco court­yard), a late-night bar, lug­gage stor­age and a shut­tle ser­vice. An open­ing of­fer is avail­able with 25 per cent dis­count plus break­fast for A$164 (US$130) per night.

Last month also saw the open­ing of Skye Hotel Suites Par­ra­matta, an all-suite prop­erty with 72 apart­ment-style units.

COM­ING SOON

This month, the hotly an­tic­i­pated

will open its doors. Lo­cated op­po­site the new In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre Sydney (ICC), the lux­ury hotel will of­fer 590 rooms dis­play­ing the brand’s sig­na­ture blend of French el­e­gance with con­tem­po­rary de­sign. The hotel will also fea­ture three bars, a restau­rant, club lounge and out­door in­fin­ity pool. Just down the road will be

65 Sus­sex Street – a mid­scale prop­erty from M&L Hos­pi­tal­ity sched­uled to open by the end of the year. De­signed by ar­chi­tects Fitz­patrick and Part­ners, the eight-storey prop­erty will have a dis­tinc­tive geo­met­ric façade, 182 gue­strooms in­clud­ing four suites, plus an in­ter­nal court­yard.

Next year will also see the open­ing of TFE’s Vibe Hotel

North Sydney in Fe­bru­ary 2018. The con­tem­po­rary 187-room hotel will fea­ture the hall­marks

of the “new gen­er­a­tion” of Vibe Ho­tels, which in­clude in­spir­ing gue­strooms, public spa­ces de­signed for so­cial­is­ing, and free wifi. A 300-ca­pac­ity Cre­ative Con­fer­enc­ing fa­cil­ity will also ad­dress de­mand for more ded­i­cated meet­ing and event space. This will be fol­lowed by the Vibe Hotel Sydney Dar­ling Har­bour in 2019. Also in 2018, Mar­riott is set to open both the Four Points by Sher­a­ton Par­ra­matta and the Four Points by Sher­a­ton Sydney,

Cen­tral Park. The for­mer will of­fer 271 rooms close to the Par­ra­matta CBD, an in­door swim­ming pool, fit­ness cen­tre and con­fer­ence and meet­ing fa­cil­i­ties. Mean­while, the 297-room Cen­tral Park prop­erty will open as part of a mixed-use de­vel­op­ment at the for­mer Old Kent Brew­ery site. It will fea­ture a bar with an out­door ter­race and 550 sqm of func­tion space.

DOWN THE LINE

A num­ber of hotly an­tic­i­pated prop­er­ties are in the works with pro­posed 2019 open­ing dates. These in­clude talks to in­stall a 402-room

W Hotel into the glam­orous A$700 mil­lion (US$550 mil­lion) The Rib­bon project at Dar­ling Har­bour; ru­mours of St Regis and Bul­gari open­ings; plus de­signs be­ing re­leased for an ar­chi­tec­turally ex­trav­a­gant Ritz

Carl­ton to be in­stalled at The Star en­ter­tain­ment hub.

More cer­tain, how­ever, is the re­turn of IHG’s Crowne Plaza. A man­age­ment agree­ment has been signed for a 160-room prop­erty at Dar­ling Har­bour, with four mul­ti­func­tional event rooms and an 80-seat restau­rant. In 2020, IHG is also plan­ning to open a new

Hol­i­day Inn in the CBD, while Ac­cor Ho­tels has an­nounced plans to open The Porter House un­der its MGallery by Sof­i­tel brand.

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