By Roger Allnutt
When the first fleet landed in Sydney in 1788 the supply of fresh water for the fledgling colony was a small waterway known as the tank stream. Nowadays remnants of the tank stream (more like an enclosed drain) still carry water under the city.
The historic connection has recently been used with the naming of The Tank Stream Hotel, a new addition to the ever increasing number of excellent hotels in the Sydney CBD (Central Business District).
The Tank Stream Hotel is located at the corner of Pitt and Hunter Street, the ground floor of which would be recognisable to many older residents as the former location of a well-known Dymock’s bookshop. The original building from the 1960’s was for years an office block but has been transformed into an impressive boutique 4 star hotel. The original building has had an extra four floors added and now houses 280 modern twin, queen and king rooms. The whole building from foyer to rooms is light and airy. An important factor for any Asian owned property is that the location has great feng shui.
The hotel’s location is perfect for exploring Sydney and surrounds being only a short walk from Circular Quay, Wynyard station, shopping areas along Pitt and George Streets with key attractions such as the Sydney Opera House, Martin Place and Queen Victoria Building within a short walk. Australia Square is adjacent to the hotel. Sydney airport is also easily accessible. Discounted parking is available nearby.
Although the rooms are not large by some hotel standards, the design of the rooms is very fluid with all the fittings flowing effortlessly into each other. The beds are wonderfully comfortable with top quality linen, the walk-in shower recess is spacious with a supersized adjustable hand shower and the ‘Biology’ bathroom accessories are top class.
In addition to the usual kettle, iron/board and hair-dryer the rooms are equipped with complimentary high speed Wi-Fi (throughout the hotel), a Nespresso coffee machine, 40” flat screen Smart TV and, unusual for most hotels, a complimentary welcome non-alcoholic mini bar well stocked with a variety of drinks and a couple of muesli bars..
The front of house staff I encountered were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.
The Tank Stream Hotel is the latest addition to the growing St Giles chain of international hotels strategically located across four continents. The chain is part of the expanding footprint of the Malaysian-based IGB Corporation Berhad which has a stable of accommodation ranging from three to five star hotels with brands such as St Giles, Citadel and MiCasa. The company has had previous involvement in the Sydney scene as it was a major participant in the refurbishment of the Queen Victoria Building and also The Strand Arcade.
The patriarch of IGB Holdings Dato Tan Chin Nam is well known to Australia racegoers as one of the owners of dour Melbourne Cup winners all trained by the legendary Bart Cummings. His son Tan Boon Lee now Managing Director of the company was at the official opening of the hotel on 4 November. He said “We are excited to be opening The Tank Stream Hotel here in Sydney and believe that with our central location, personal approach, and unique all-in room experience, our guests will not only enjoy the convenience and comforts of a hotel, but find a home away from home that they can come back to time and time again whether they are here on holiday or business.”
Guests were treated to a wonderful selection of canapés prepared by Jun Wong, Head Chef of Le Petit Flot a contemporary French restaurant of the second floor which will open at the end of November. The hotel also has a deli on the ground floor where guests can enjoy sandwiches, coffees and light snacks.
For more information or to book your stay visit www.tankstreamhotel.com