Marriott opens W property on Sydney's Darling Harbour

14 Oct 2023 by Mark Caswell
W Sydney Darling Harbour Opening from PR BT

The W Hotels brand has returned to Sydney for the first time since 2007, with the opening of a 588-room hotel overlooking Darling Harbour.

W Sydney is situated within The Ribbon, a curved mixed-use development designed by Australian architectural firm Hassell, which also houses an IMAX theatre, retail space and serviced apartments.

The hotel features four F&B venues including BTWN restaurant (so called because it is situated between the city’s expressways), the brand’s signature Living Room bar, and the two-level rooftop 29/30 bar.

Other facilities include a 30-metre open-air infinity pool featuring a giant jellyfish motif crafted from  glass mosaic tiles, as well as AWAY Spa, FIT Gym and 1,300 sqm of events space including the 592 sqm pillarless Great Room.

W Sydney (image supplied by Finn Partners)

Design elements include a copper-clad entry paying homage to subterranean Sydney and its disused railway tunnels, and a blue circular bar and nest-like seating referencing the Australian Bowerbird.

Sydney was in fact the first location for the W Hotels brand outside the US, but the original W Sydney in the city’s Woolloomooloo  suburb was rebranded as the Blue Hotel (managed by Taj Hotels and Resorts) in 2007, and has since again been rebranded under the Ovolo brand.

W Sydney becomes the third property operating under the brand in Australia, joining W Brisbane and W Melbourne – the latter of which opened within the mixed use Collins Arch development in Melbourne in 2021.

Marriott opens W Melbourne

Commenting on the opening George Fleck, vice president and global brand leader of W Hotels, said:

“W Sydney marks our W Hotels brand’s triumphant return to Sydney, a long-awaited addition to our robust portfolio in Australia, following our recent debuts in Melbourne and Brisbane.

“W Sydney will cultivate a new cultural and social hub in the vibrant Darling Harbour precinct. It is the perfect canvas for a non-conformist approach to the luxury hospitality landscape with W’s bold and energetic ‘Whatever/Whenever’ service ethos, dynamic design, and immersive programming as we celebrate Sydney through a new lens.”

For our recent feature looking at post-pandemic developments in Sydney, see:

Sydney sails on

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