By Michelle KARAMAN-JONES
Sydney has always been one of my favourite places to escape to and spend quality time with that special person in my life.
So no matter what the reason is – whether to celebrate or taking a break – I will always try to head to the harbour city..
With so many activities and sites to experience it’s a good idea to stay overnight in one of Sydney’s luxury hotels, such as the five star Swissotel Sydney.
The hotel boasts a magnificent restaurant on their eighth floor and has recently undergone an exciting redesign that has brought new allure to this famed icon.
The striking new look includes the introduction of 14 sophisticated new Signature rooms and suites as well as the installation of a hand-crafted natural stone panel behind the reception in the light-filled lobby. The hotel’s further 355 rooms have been completely refurbished with opulent wallpapers, the finest textiles and bespoke contemporary furniture, as part of a multi-million dollar design by Sydney-based design firm, CHADA, completed in July 2015.
Following the design updates, Swissôtel Sydney emerges at the forefront of Sydney’s already impressive hospitality scene. It promises to raise the bar for offering quality and contemporary style within the Australian luxury hotel market.
“My vision for the Swissôtel Sydney over the coming years is to ensure genuine hospitality with a focus on meaningful and individualised experiences,” says Christian Hirt, General Manager of Swissôtel Sydney highlights,
“We are looking forward to further developing on our Vitality Program. We will offer our guests a revitalising stay with bathrooms in their room or suite stocked with essential oils from our Alpine garden in Switzerland.”
“We understand the importance of exceeding the expectations of our guests, with our rooms and suites offering superb comfort reflected in details such as pure linen on the bed, an elegant sense of space and the latest technology.”
Prioritising individuality for Swissôtel Sydney, the designers have planned the sophisticated new look for all rooms and suites to create the feel of an urban oasis for guests. A particular emphasis has been placed on the hotel’s extensive collection of artwork, with striking pieces forming visual accents throughout the property, referencing to Sydney’s renowned artistic culture.
“The guest-rooms are quite different from anything else you will find in Sydney. We were not restricted on the use of high quality materials on every wall. It’s like walking into a beautiful, bespoke apartment – very spoiling”, says Juliet Ashworth.
Swissôtel Sydney’s signature restaurant Jpb is now under the direction of talented young Australian chef, Joshua Askew.
Jpb is the hotel’s urban eatery and offers a range of locally inspired and seasonally sourced dishes.
Swissôtel Sydney’s idyllic Day Spa is the perfect place to recharge after exploring Sydney’s bustling city and offers a wide variety of revitalising treatments. The hotel also offers a state-of-the-art gym, outdoor heated pool and jacuzzi.
Realised by renowned Australian interior architecture and design firm, CHADA, the hotel’s contemporary new design has been inspired by the Swiss principles of simplicity and immaculate attention to detail.
“The ‘Swissness’ is important”, says CHADA Partner and Creative Director, Juliet Ashworth.
“Think precision, sophistication and classical qualities expressed in a modern way. All those qualities play out in the new guest room design. We wanted to combine the finesse of Swiss design with the glamour of an international city like Sydney. We chose genuine materials with innovative design detailing, and added a residential touch with furniture pieces you would find in a penthouse apartment in a city such as Paris, New York, or Sydney.”
For their realisation of Swissôtel Sydney, CHADA’s team incorporated aspects of Sydney into the Swiss-inspired design. Creating a sense of famed Sydney Harbour, the designers have used highly reflective surfaces, splashed with unexpected, vibrant colour and unique furniture features, which include placing the television on a polished chrome artist’s easel.
Swissôtel Sydney is ideally positioned in the centre of Sydney’s business and cultural scene, within metres of the iconic Queen Victoria Building, Westfield Sydney and the historical State Theatre. A ten-minute walk to Sydney Opera House and the lush Botanical Gardens, the 369-room hotel has a breathtaking 360-degree view of Sydney.
For bookings visit www.swissotel.com/sydney
About Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts
Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts got its start in Switzerland, a country known for big mountains and equally high standards of living. Its contemporary Swiss style and locally inspired flair attracts business and leisure travellers who enjoy high-end hotels but prefer fresh innovation to stale pretension. Conveniently located where travellers want to be, Swissôtel provides guests with the opportunity to stay in the heart of city centres worldwide where access to business and shopping districts are right around the corner. Swissôtel properties can be found in over 30 well-located properties around the world, with many more in development. As guests of the world, every Swissôtel upholds Swiss sustainability standards. In fact, Swissôtel has a mission: to treat guests, team members, and the environment with equal respect. Swissôtel is part of FRHI Hotels & Resorts, a leading global hotel company with over 110 hotels under the Raffles, Fairmont, and Swissôtel brands. But no matter how international Swissôtel becomes, just like the country it was founded in, it remains a small hotel at heart. For more information or reservations, please visit swissotel.com.