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Sydney, a city famous for its iconic landmarks such as the Opera House and the sprawling Harbour Bridge, is about to welcome a new visual marvel to its skyline: W Sydney. Located in the bustling Darling Harbour, this hotel promises to be more than just a place to stay; it’s set to be a design-led journey waiting to be experienced.
W Sydney emerges not merely as another architectural entity but as an emblematic beacon in Sydney’s cityscape. Its distinctive curved edifice rivals the architectural prowess of the iconic Opera House and redefines the visual narrative of Sydney’s waterfront. Far from being a mere aesthetic marvel, this avant-garde design underscores W Sydney’s unwavering dedication to innovation and distinction.
W Sydney: Rooms That Tell A Story
Inside, the hotel continues its design-led journey. With 588 guestrooms, including 162 suites, guests are in for a treat. Drawing inspiration from its harbourside location and the nearby beaches, the rooms exude a marine-chic vibe with a nautical white and navy-blue palette. The bathrooms, rendered in a deep oceanic blue, are a nod to the surrounding waters, while walk-in wardrobes surprise guests with a burst of graphic, inflorescent red and pink Waratah flowers, adding a playful touch.
W Sydney extends beyond mere accommodation; it offers a gateway to the culinary delights of Darling Harbour. Leading this adventure at BTWN is Head Chef Chris Dodd, who crafts menus that hero the produce of New South Wales. For those with a sweet tooth, 2AM: dessert bar, in collaboration with Singaporean dessert specialist Janice Wong, promises to be a late-night hotspot. And for those looking to unwind with a view, 29/30 offers a two-level bar experience with uninterrupted harbour vistas.
Darling Harbour: Sydney’s Vibrant Heart Awaiting Discovery
The WET Deck is another highlight. This 30-meter open-air infinity pool is an ideal space to relax, unwind, and soak in the views of Darling Harbour. And when guests feel the urge to explore, W Sydney’s prime location in Darling Harbour, which buzzes both day and night, is perfect. A short walk takes visitors to Cockle Bay and King Street Wharf, known for their vibrant nightlife and a collection of lively nightclubs, bars, and bistros. Plus, with regular festivals and events in the vicinity, there’s always something happening.
Craig Seaward, General Manager of W Sydney, sums it up best: “W Sydney reimagines luxury for a new era, creating a vibrant new scene for Sydneysiders and visitors to the city. It’s a complete departure from the city’s traditional hotels, and this unique W spirit is something you feel at every touchpoint, from our eclectic venues to the cool blue rooms and high energy programming.”
In a city that’s no stranger to luxury and world-class hospitality, W Sydney is making its mark. And for those looking to experience Sydney in a new light, W Sydney might just be the place to start. ◼
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© This article was first published online in Oct 2023 – World Travel Magazine.