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New Hotel Openings: The W Sydney & The Royce

 With two new and exciting hotels opened recently in both Sydney and Melbourne, read on for our reviews on why you should make these your regular work retreats. 

Corporate Tranquility Amidst Urban Majesty: A Stately Retreat at W Sydney

In the heart of Sydney, nestled between two expressways on the southern end of Darling Harbour, the newly unveiled W Sydney stands tall – a billion-dollar marvel that has become the talk of the town. As a corporate traveller, stepping into the world of W Sydney is like entering a vertical oasis amidst the bustling cityscape.

Upon arrival, guests are welcomed into the Living Room, a vibrant hub where check-in seamlessly transforms into an experience. The youthful and friendly vibe sets the tone for the entire stay, creating an atmosphere that’s more approachable than uber cool.

The architectural ingenuity of the hotel becomes apparent as guests ascend via a copper-lined escalator, passing through the level-two Away Spa with its opaque domed roof. The journey continues to level three, home to Bean to Bar, a versatile space transitioning from buffet breakfasts to a 150-seat restaurant helmed by renowned chef Chris Dodd.

The hotel’s innovative design incorporates elements inspired by its urban surroundings. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer a unique perspective of the flyover road at eye level, turning the outside world into silent performance art. The Bean to Bar space, aptly named BTWN, cleverly integrates various dining experiences, catering to the dynamic needs of corporate travellers throughout the day.

For those seeking relaxation, the top level unveils the 29/30 infinity pool, adorned with colourful glass mosaics depicting jellyfish. The transition from a light-filled day venue to a sophisticated night spot with a full DJ setup ensures a seamless experience, culminating in stunning views of Darling Harbour from the teak deck on the 30th floor.

The W Sydney boasts 588 rooms and suites, each uniquely designed to reflect the location’s essence. The “Spectacular” room on the 11th floor showcased maritime chic aesthetics, with a wave motif and panoramic views of the harbour. The room’s attention to detail, from a circular walk-in robe adorned with waratah flowers to generous skincare products by Skin Regimen, elevates the guest experience.

As a corporate traveller, the W Sydney offers not just a stay but an immersive journey. The hotel effortlessly combines bold design, innovative spaces, and breathtaking views, creating a haven for those navigating the demands of corporate life. From the buzzing Living Room to the tranquil infinity pool, the W Sydney proves to be a sanctuary between expressways, where business and leisure seamlessly intertwine.

Elegance Redefined: The Majestic Transformation of The Royce Hotel on St Kilda Road

Nestled on Melbourne’s iconic St Kilda Road, The Royce Hotel has undergone a breathtaking metamorphosis, emerging as a six-star boutique facility that pays homage to the grandeur of Moorish and Art Deco design. Steeped in history, the hotel was originally conceived in 1928 as Melbourne’s premier car showroom, embodying sophistication and opulence.

Designed by the renowned architect Harry Norris, a pioneer in commercial architecture, the building exuded a sense of sophistication that mirrored the luxury cars it showcased. Fast forward to its reincarnation as a boutique hotel, and SJB was entrusted with multiple interior refreshments over the years. The latest refurbishment, however, is a testament to preserving the building’s historic Art Deco essence while infusing it with a fresh contemporary appeal.

The opulence begins with the presidential suite, a masterpiece designed for entertainment or as a bridal haven. Boasting a well-appointed bar area, an expanse of banquette seating, a bespoke chandelier, and a freestanding unit delineating the living and bedroom spaces, the suite is a symphony of elegance. Classic rooms, characterised by high ceilings and period details like cornices and panelling, offer a generous scale reminiscent of a bygone era.

For the tower rooms housed in an adjoining new building, a seamless integration with the original architecture is maintained. Original features serve as inspiration, not only in the bedroom design but also in the bathrooms. Marble wall tiles, echoing a motif found elsewhere in the building, create a luxurious and harmonious ambience. Contrasting details, such as black window shutters and frames around feature panels, add a touch of sophistication.

In a nod to timeless luxury, the presidential suite features a free-standing bath strategically positioned under a window. Chrome detailing on marble vanity units pays homage to Le Corbusier’s Grand Confort armchair, a design classic from the same year the original prestige car showroom opened its doors in 1928.

The Royce Hotel’s transformation is a meticulous blend of history and modernity, offering guests an unparalleled experience that seamlessly fuses the extravagance of the past with the luxury of the present.

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