Rising over Darling Harbour in a mesmerizing curved structure, W Sydney has been officially opened to the public as what will undoubtedly be one of the city’s landmark institutions of its thriving luxury hospitality scene.
Located within the city’s The Ribbon, W Sydney, by W Hotels, promises to bring modern luxury and vivid energy to the harbor, with acclaimed Australian architectural firm Hassell behind the hotel design.
“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,” said George Fleck, vice president and global brand leader of W Hotels.
“W Sydney will cultivate a new cultural and social hub in the vibrant Darling Harbor 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.”
The hotel’s interiors have been designed by London-based brand Bowler James Brindley, who sought inspiration for W Sydney’s ambience and aesthetic through exploring the history, culture and spirit of the city.
This tribute to the Australian city can be seen throughout the hotel, from the marine-inspired rooms to the vibrant restaurants and bars. The copper-clad entry is a tribute to the city’s disused railway tunnels; even the W sign is a nod to the Australian Waratah flower.
Other features of the W Sydney that guests and city locals alike can look forward to includes the hotel’s Living Room, a vivid blue space that reinvents the traditional lobby experience and replaces it instead with a social hub, in which the color draws inspiration from the Australian Bowerbird and the ambience, a nod to Sydney’s flair as a social hub.
As for accommodation, this is W Hotels’ biggest yet, with 588 guestrooms (including 162 suites), all of which reflect the hotel’s location on the iconic harbor with a nautical palette and oceanic blue bathrooms.
The gastronomic offerings similarly reflect the city of the hotel, with four dining venues and bars spread across three floors. BTWN, led by head chef Chris Dodd, celebrates the night food market scene of Sydney, while Living Room’s menu leans into the hotel’s location right beside Asiatown with an emphasis on Asian small bites.
Other features include – but by no means are limited to – the AWAY Spa, which features five treatment rooms and a post-treatment bar, a fully equipped gym, and an infinity pool overlooking the harbor.