Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour opens in Sydney

Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour celebrated its official press opening on 3 October 2017 making it the first new build, international high-class hotel to debut in Sydney’s CBD this millennium. It is also the first new Sofitel property to be built in Australia.

The launch of the Sofitel has broken a five-star accommodation drought that stretches back before the Sydney Olympics, with the last internationally-branded luxury hotel opened in 1999.

The hotel’s owner, Dr Jerry Schwartz, and chief operating officer of AccorHotels Pacific, Simon McGrath have decided to offer the whole hotel to 33 charities to support in their fundraising. As a result, $508,000 was raised by the charities supporting a range of causes including medical research, disadvantaged children and families, education, Indigenous development and homelessness.

Centrally located in the city precinct, opposite the International Convention Centre, the $500 million Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour offers 590 guestrooms including the hotel’s 35 coveted suites, boasting some of the best views in Sydney.

There are three bars, including the upper-level Champagne Bar, where you can take in harbour views with a glass of vintage cuvee in hand. Signature restaurant Atelier is also on the site, along with nine meeting spaces and an infinity pool.

The launch follows a spate of recent accommodation openings in the city, some of the 40 new hotels expected to open during the next five years to meet the increasing demand from business travellers and tourists.