The Fullerton Hotel Sydney, housed in the iconic former General Post Office (GPO) building at No.1 Martin Place, has opened in Sydney’s central business district.
The opening of the new property marks the Fullerton Hotels & Resorts first international expansion, which owns and manages two hotels in Singapore, namely The Fullerton Hotel Singapore and The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore.
Located a short distance from the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, the hotel offers two choices of accommodation, the Heritage Rooms situated in the historical GPO building and the Tower Rooms in the property’s high-rise section, which feature spaces with a more contemporary design.
There are a total of 416 guestrooms and suites, which are equipped with Harman Kardon Bluetooth speakers, Nespresso machines with pods, TWG teas and a pillow menu that allows guests to choose pillows according to their preference. There’s also a tablet that provides an interactive Tapendium digital concierge service, allowing guests to browse and request the hotel’s services directly; for example, they can order a customised Fullerton burger from the in-room dining menu.
Custom-made Atkinson amenities have been introduced in standard room categories, while club rooms and suites feature exclusive Balmain amenities.
Dining options include The Place and The Bar.
The Place, located on Level 1, will feature modern Australian dishes like pan-fried red emperor and braised wagyu short rib, as well as authentic Southeast Asian cuisines such as Singaporean chicken rice, chicken curry, seafood laksa and satay.
Guests can dine and wine in the restaurant and enjoy elevated views within the six-storey atrium that overlooks the former GPO courtyard. There’s also an open kitchen and a perch.
The Bar comprises The Lounge and The Room. The latter is a private space with a fireplace and lounge-style seating that can accommodate up to 40 guests.
Afternoon tea is also served at The Bar. The menu features dishes like Lobster Cornet a l’Oriental, duck rillettes in sesame bun and smoked salmon mille-feuille with caviar, as well as desserts such as chocolate moelleux, pecan maple tart or pandan lamington. A selection of scones and a TWG tea menu is also available. Diners or visitors can also choose between cocktails such as the Singapore Sling and the new Sydney Sling.
In terms of meeting and event facilities, the 1,058-sqm Grand Ballroom is the hotel’s largest ballroom, with a capacity to accommodate up to 1,000 guests in a banquest setting or 1,400 in theatre style. The hotel says it’s also the largest pillarless hotel ballroom in Sydney.
Meanwhile, the Heritage Ballroom, housed on Level 6 of the historic former GPO building, features a 11-metre dome ceiling and circular antique windows (see picture above).
In addition, there’s also a 133-sqm Barnet Room that can be used for small- or medium-sized events, five meeting rooms and an executive boardroom.
Other onsite facilities at the hotel include a 24-hour business centre, an executive club lounge, a fitness centre and the Endota Spa.
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney also rolled out Fullerton Experiences, a bespoke programme that features complimentary heritage tours and events for both hotel guests and members of the public.
The 90-minute heritage tours will launch on November 1 this year. There will be docents sharing stories of those who have worked at the GPO building. The tours will also showcase the intricate stonework and reveal little-known facts of bygone years, according to the hotel.
Exclusive tours for hotel guests will run on Fridays and Saturdays at 10am, while members of the public will be able to join the tours on Fridays and Saturdays at 11:45am. Each tour can accommodate 15 guests, and those who wish to join the tours will be able to book through the hotel concierge or via the hotel’s enquiry email.
“We encourage our guests to embark on memorable journeys that are deeper, more colourful and more rewarding when they stay in our one-of-a-kind, landmark luxury hotels with prime addresses that are destinations unto themselves,” said Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale, general manager of The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts.
“We are excited to open The Fullerton Hotel Sydney in a landmark building that is steeped in character and history. It is our aim to provide hotel guests and visitors with heartfelt hospitality and memorable experiences, all while showcasing the beauty and heritage of the former Sydney GPO building to a wider audience both nationally and globally,” added Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale.
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney is also a partner of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, an independent hotel alliance group, and a member of its “Legend Collection”.
In addition to this newly opened luxury property, there are a few other new hotels that recently opened or are set to open in Sydney in the near future.