Major luxury hotel opening becomes talk of Sydney

The first new-build international luxury hotel to open in Sydney’s central business district for 20 years has opened its doors to its first visitors.

The Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, which has an ideal location opposite the International Convention Centre, cost $500 million to get ready for its first guests and looks set to play a major part in the continuing regeneration of the Darling Harbour precinct.

There are over 590 rooms in the hotel, 35 of which are suites, and some of the best views in Sydney can be had from the location’s windows – all of the rooms, in fact, have floor-to-ceiling windows.

If you are looking to splash out on a holiday to remember, some of the creature comforts of the suites include a television in the bathroom and luxurious soaking tubs.

The hotel dazzles right from when you approach it, presenting new arrivals with a 35-storey glass exterior with triangular accents that echo billowing sails and an ochre and blue colour scheme which represents a nod to the indigenous clans of the Eora nation who lived in the area surrounding Tumbalong.

Chief Operating Officer of AccorHotels Pacific, Simon McGrath, explained the new build’s significance in the context of the entire Australian travel industry.

“Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour will be the first new-build 5-star hotel the city has seen in more than 15-years and it is going to be a flagship property not only for AccorHotels but for the Australian hotel industry,” he said.

The Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour is one of the first steps in a major revamp of the city’s accommodation options, with over 40 hotels scheduled to open there in the next five years.