Opening date revealed: W Sydney to welcome guests from October 2023

Travellers will be able to check into Sydney’s newest luxury hotel in just 12 months time.

By Chris Ashton, October 11 2022
Opening date revealed: W Sydney to welcome guests from October 2023

Good things come to those who wait. In the case of the hotly-anticipated W Sydney, back under construction in Darling Harbour after a long delay, travellers will find a lot of goodness to enjoy when it opens its doors – at last – from October 2023.

Sophisticated rooms and suites, a glamorous two-storey rooftop bar, and a heated infinity pool angled to offer uninterrupted harbour views are just a few of the hotel’s many standouts. Its curved exterior is equally impressive too.

The building's eye-catching, curved design is unlike anything else in the city.
The building's eye-catching, curved design is unlike anything else in the city.

The flagship of ‘The Ribbon’ development, on the former IMAX site and adjacent to the International Convention Centre, the 585-room W Sydney is set to feature ultra-modern interiors by British design agency Bowler James Brindley – the trio behind rooms and bars at W Barcelona and Riverstone Kensington.

Echoing the exterior’s sweeping curves, no two rooms in the hotel will be the same.

Stark white floor-to-ceiling panelling, vibrant waratah-inspired prints in the walk-in robe and azure bathrooms with curvaceous, circular bathtubs are just a tease of what awaits inside.

Liberal use of colour in the bathroom and walk-in robe contrasts the bright-white bedroom.
Liberal use of colour in the bathroom and walk-in robe contrasts the bright-white bedroom.

Craig Seaward, General Manager of W Sydney, says the hotel will be worth the wait.

“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,” Seaward reveals.

“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.”

The underside of W Sydney, located on the former IMAX site at Darling Harbour.
The underside of W Sydney, located on the former IMAX site at Darling Harbour.

Beyond the rooms, the 25-floor hotel will keep guests satisfied with a restaurant and lobby bar, in addition to multiple event spaces and a pampering Away Spa – a signature of W Hotels around the globe – offering relaxing and restorative treatments.

When complete, The Ribbon will also house a fresh IMAX theatre, apartments and retail outlets.

W Sydney is part of the Marriott family of hotels, with elite Marriott Bonvoy members set to enjoy perks such as enhanced room upgrades, priority check-in and more. 

21 Jun 2022

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Actually it couldn't be better located, straight off the cross city tunnel and no navigating through Sydney streets from the airport.  

It's a 5-8min walk to Town Hall and a 5-8min walk to light rail. Not an ideal location for a premium hotel in a public transit city. 

13 Feb 2015

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This comment is meant to be ironic, yes? For a minute I thought you were trying to say a 5min walk is not ideal...which would be such an indictment on anyone who actually thought that! 

Not for the CBD of an international city. Go to any international city with good transit and you'll find that the 5 star hotels are mainly based around key public transport modes with a max 5 min walk to the entrance of the station. Anything more than that is fine but just not ideal. 

13 Feb 2015

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What a debacle this building's construction has been. And it's still another year away from opening...?!?!

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26 Feb 2020

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Agree!

04 Dec 2017

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More hotel room furniture  design and choice usurped by interior designers for form over function. Nothing in that room pic to sit on looks very comfy.


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