W Hotels has flagged an early Q4 2023 opening date for the highly anticipated re-entry of the W Sydney to the Darling Harbour precinct.
Located at the site of the former IMAX Sydney, rising between two elevated Western Distributor roadways, ‘The Ribbon’ project broke ground five years ago and was initially forecast to welcome guests in mid-2020. The pandemic and the collapse of builder Probuild earlier this year resulted in the opening date being pushed out to October 2023.
At 585 rooms and suites, W Sydney will be the largest W Hotel in the world when it finally debuts, featuring a two-storey rooftop bar, infinity pool overlooking Darling Harbour, AWAY® Spa, FIT gym, restaurant, Living Room (bar) and event spaces.
“A beacon of bold, sophisticated design, W Sydney will dazzle the city with its truly original accommodation, restaurant, bars and venues, conceived and created by award-winning interior specialists, Bowler James Brindley,” W Hotels said.
“W Sydney’s rooms, suites and ultra-luxe suites will set a new design benchmark for the city. Echoing the curves and lines of W Sydney’s exceptional architecture, no two rooms are the same, embracing their asymmetry with sleek, modern décor. The interior palette is inspired by the marine environment, and highlights are the stunning azure bathrooms and walk-in robes punctuated with contrasting colour and inflorescence.”
Craig Seaward, General Manager of W Sydney said the property was “incredibly excited” to confirm an opening date in October 2023.
“There have been delays, but trust me, it will be worth the wait,” Seaward said.
“It’s a luxury hotel with a new perspective, one that not only connects deeply with its host city and its urban setting but is also imbued with a sense of freedom and possibility.
“To cross the threshold of W Sydney will be to enter an exciting new world of creativity, design, culture and connection.”
“We simply can’t wait to welcome our guests,” Seaward added.
W Hotel’s first property outside the United States was located in Woolloomooloo, opening W Sydney on the city’s fringe in 2000. Seven years later it was rebranded as the Blue Hotel under Taj Hotels & Resorts. The hotel was acquired by Ovolo Hotels in 2014 and has since been operating as Ovolo Woolloomooloo.