The golden era of flying: The launch of FELIX Hotel

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Australia’s most anticipated hotel, FELIX Hotel launched on 28 February. Brought to you by 8Hotels, the group behind 1888, the world’s first Instagram Hotel and the first Astrology Hotel, The Ultimo.

This sophisticated and savvy take on what an airport hotel should be – but has never been before – is inspired by the 1960’s golden era of flying with a touch of ‘Catch Me If You Can’ coolness. The 150-room hotel is set to turn Sydney’s airport hotel precinct upside down as guests enter and make their way to the top for check-in on the glamorous Penthouse level that channels ‘Mad Men’ vibes; this is where guests’ stay with Felix begins,
with the reception in the Penthouse offering views of Sydney and of planes swooping onto the runways beneath them.

The travelling theme through FELIX starts with optional self-check-in kiosks and runs through the connected sky lounge designed for the digital nomad. Close that venture capital deal or collaborate on the next hot tech startup possibly with some help from the cocktail bar staff. Rooms include fine bedding, 55-inch televisions, power rain showers, blackout curtains, fast Wi-Fi and thoughtful design – all high-flying themed – Economy, Premium Economy, Business and First Class.

Guests will also find a 24-hour Food Shop, where they can select from a range of locally sourced gourmet drink and dine options, and charge the lot to their room with a swipe of their key. When the work is done, guests can check out the terrace, home to Sydney’s only hotel rooftop cinema.

The launching event was held around the bar on penthouse level, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and one of the best views of the Sydney Domestic Airport runways. In attendance were Kris Smith, Nikki Phillips, Casey Burgess, Matt de Groot, Alice Quiddington, Christopher Haggarty, our very own Cathy Wagstaff and many more.

Food was catered by Hampshire & Legge, serving truffled arancini, shredded pork sliders, chermoula marinated chicken skewers and crispy polenta chips.

Scroll down to see pictures from the event!

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