Checking In: W Hotel Sydney Is Open for Business (And Leisure)

The Marriott-owned venue is the world’s largest W Hotel, and a sophisticated addition to the harbour city’s iconic skyline.

Article by T Australia

W Hotel Sydney_1The newly opened W Hotel Sydney. Photograph courtesy of Marriott.

In a city known for its iconic harbour, a dynamic newcomer has emerged to capture Sydney’s spirit and energy like never before. This month, W Hotels, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of over 30 brands, celebrates the unveiling of its highly anticipated creation, W Sydney. Nestled within the architectural marvel known as The Ribbon, this luxurious hotel evokes a modern twist on luxury, artfully designed to celebrate the city’s history, spirit, and folklore.

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The entrance to the W Hotel Sydney. Photograph courtesy of Marriott.

W Sydney’s inception signifies a fresh era for the brand in Australia. The hotel’s innovative design, guided by the renowned Australian architectural firm, Hassell, and the London-based Bowler James Brindley, intertwines Australia’s distinct character, “the larrikin,” into its luxurious yet unconventional interiors.

Guests embarking on their design-led journey are welcomed by a copper-clad entryway that pays homage to Sydney’s subterranean history. The hotel’s vivid blue Living Room serves as a reimagined lobby, embracing a “Future Noir” theme with an electric blue circular bar and unique seating inspired by the Australian Bowerbird. The 588 guestrooms, including 162 suites that draw inspiration from the harbour and nearby beaches, adopting a marine-chic nautical theme in their decor.

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Photograph courtesy of Marriott.
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Photograph courtesy of Marriott.

The new hotel offers four dining and bar venues that celebrate Sydney’s culture of inclusivity and culinary diversity. BTWN, adjacent to the flyover, is helmed by head chef Chris Dodd, known for his focus on New South Wales produce. The late-night hotspot, 2AM: dessert bar, satisfies sweet cravings, while Living Room offers Asian-inspired small bites and a focus on sake and soju. 29/30, perched at the apex of Darling Harbour, offers uninterrupted harbour views, while the WET Deck pool-level bar creates an underwater ambiance for casual tapas and cocktails. Level 30 elevates the experience with vintage Champagnes by the glass and superyacht-inspired decor.

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Photograph courtesy of Marriott.

For those seeking relaxation and rejuvenation, the Away Spa offers a unique, concrete oasis designed by Bradley Eastman, featuring circular pods for beauty treatments and a socialising bar. The Fit Gym is fully equipped with Technogym equipment, while the Wet Deck infinity pool showcases a giant jellyfish motif crafted from glass mosaic tiles.

W Sydney also caters to business travelers, with 1300 square meters of event space across eight versatile rooms, including the impressive Great Room on level five. The hotel’s design pays homage to Sydney’s famous fireworks, connecting the experience to the lively Darling Harbour setting.

General Manager Craig Seaward encapsulates the essence of W Sydney, describing it as a “vibrant new scene for Sydneysiders and visitors”.