Marriott International has officially launched the W Sydney, a 588-key property situated in Australia’s Darling Harbour.
Designed by Australian architecture firm Hassell with interiors from London-based studio Bowler James Brindley, W Sydney embodies the rich history and spirit of the city. At the heart of the hotel’s design is the larrikin, a quintessential Australian character that influenced its luxurious yet unconventional concept.
Upon entering, guests are greeted by a copper-clad entryway that pays homage to subterranean Sydney and its disused railway tunnels. An illuminated vertical promenade leads to the Living Room, a brand signature of W Hotels that reimagines the traditional lobby as a vibrant social hub. The space is highlighted by an electric blue circular bar and nest-like seating inspired by the Australian bowerbird, considered the larrikin of the bird world.
The 588 guestrooms, including 162 suites, draw inspiration from its harborside location and nearby beaches. The accommodations feature a marine-chic design with undulating walls reminiscent of yacht sails set against a nautical palette of white and navy blue. Bathrooms are awash in deep oceanic blue, while walk-in wardrobes add playful pops of color with Waratah flower motifs.
W Sydney boasts four dining and bar venues onsite, as well as 14,000 square feet of event space across eight versatile rooms, including the 6,370-square-foot Great Room.
“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,” says 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 Harbour precinct.”