One of the world’s top luxury hotel brands opens its first Australian site in Sydney

Tourists have been scarce in Sydney for the past two years, for obvious reasons, but before the era of RATs, bangs and QR codes, the port city was already in the midst of a five-star hotel boom. The Darling Harbor Sofitel and Crown Resort in Barangaroo have led the charge, with the W Hotel nearly full, and recently opened Ace Hotel and Kimpton Margot also ready to heap luxury on incoming guests. But if there was any concern about the decline of this five-star fad, the news that one of the world’s most revered luxury hotel brands is about to open its first Australian location in Sydney is there to get you on the right track.

Managed by the Hilton Group, the Waldorf Astoria, best known for its legendary Park Avenue branch in New York City, is synonymous with a level of luxurious extravagance that few other high-end hotels can match. Scheduled to open in early 2025, the Sydney outpost will rise from the current location of Gold Fields House – a seemingly unremarkable CBD office building that nevertheless has the distinction of being one of the first modern city skyscrapers. The new hotel will feature 179 rooms and 41 suites spread over 28 floors, designed by Japanese agency Kengo Kuma and Associates, the creative team behind the stunning nest of wooden ribbons that surrounds Darling’s Exchange Building. Square. When completed, the Waldorf Astoria Sydney will be Circular Quay’s first marquee accommodation, which, considering the Shangri-La, Four Seasons and Park Hyatt all call this corner of Sydney home, says a lot .

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