Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour hotel to open 2017

By David Flynn, August 26 2014
Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour hotel to open 2017

Sydney will gain its second luxe Sofitel hotel with the opening of the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour hotel in 2017.

Perched at the northern end of the ICC Sydney and overlooking Cockle Bay, the 35 storey 600-room hotel will be a centrepiece of the Darling Harbour redevelopment and support the adjacent International Convention Centre.

Previously tagged as the ICC Sydney Hotel by Darling Harbour developers Lend Lease, the five-star hotel will be one of Australia's largest and feature must-haves such as a rooftop infinity pool.

The hotel is also aiming to establish a rooftop helipad plus external lighting "so that it will enhance Darling Harbour at night and put it on par with other major harbour cities, such as Hong Kong."

Construction of the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour is expected to start towards the end of this year.

The hotel represents the third stage of the $2.5 billion Darling Harbour revitalisation, following the convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct plus the Darling Square urban precinct.

New South Wales Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner said the hotel would create an impressive focal point for a revitalised Darling Harbour.

“It will be a spectacular addition to the new ICC Sydney precinct, helping to transform the area into a more vibrant and cosmopolitan part of our nation’s only global city,” Stoner said.

“This will be the finishing touch to the transformation of Darling Harbour" added Minister for Planning Pru Goward.

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

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