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May 25, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

AccorHotels is to build a new luxury boutique MGallery by Sofitel hotel in Sydney CBD’s Castlereagh Street in partnership with real estate developer Shanghai United.

The official signing ceremony took place yesterday.

The new-build AUD 120 millon-plus landmark luxury hotel, with 121 guest rooms and suites, will be located on the corner block of 110-118 Bathurst and 203 Castlereagh Streets – just a block away from the AFTA headquarters, as it happens.

The site is part of a AUD 380 million mixed-use development which will comprise a new-build 36-storey tower with a 121-room hotel housed over Levels 1-9 with 131 residential apartments above on Levels 10-34.

A couple of months ago, Chinese private equity group Shanghai United Real Estate Investment signed an agreement with Sydney developer Crown Group to build apartments on the same site.

The Australian Financial Review reported that Shanghai United “first exploded onto the Australian real estate scene” just over a year ago, closing the AUD 130 million purchase of the site – “the jewel of their investments”.

The new Porter House Hotel, MGallery by Sofitel and residential apartments will be designed by the award-winning Candelapas and Associates architects. The project will interweave the existing 1870s Heritage-Listed Porter House next to the tower, which will be “thoughtfully redeveloped” as part of the project, an AccorHotels statement said.

The Porter House will feature four levels of additional facilities, including lobby, pool and fitness centre, two restaurants, a fourth floor bar with roving art gallery, meeting and private dining facilities and a business centre. Valet parking will also be provided for all cars.

The 121 guest rooms and suites in the new tower will make use of rich leathers, bronze glass round showers, polished metal, timber and heritage-inspired decorative tiles.

Chief operating officer Pacific for AccorHotels, Simon McGrath, said Accor was thrilled to develop a new strategic partnership with Shanghai United on the landmark development.

“The Sydney hotel sector is the strongest in Australia with consistent occupancy levels in the mid-high 80% range and average rates growing sharply. This new MGallery by Sofitel hotel will stand to greatly benefit from the tourism and infrastructure boom we are currently seeing with projects such as the International Convention Centre and light rail development.

“A new boutique hotel such as this will provide both business and leisure travellers with a new luxury boutique experience in Sydney, whether they visit for conferences, events, cultural or sporting events. The Porter House Hotel, MGallery by Sofitel, is set in prime position to take advantage of the brand’s growing global presence backed by AccorHotels powerful distribution, digital platforms and growing loyalty program,” McGrath added.

Construction on The Porter House Hotel, MGallery by Sofitel will start in early 2018 with completion expected in December 2020.

MEANWHILE, AccorHotels, which is also New Zealand’s largest hotel operator, has announced that a new five-star Pullman hotel will open in Rotorua in late 2018/early 2019. It will be the first internationally-branded five-star hotel to open in the city, and is part of the largest and fastest-growing five-star hotel brand in the Pacific region.

Pullman Rotorua is currently being developed as a conversion of an existing 9-storey building once used as a government building in the central business district on Arawa Street.

The 130-room hotel will boast panoramic views of the city and lake area and feature a sophisticated Executive Lounge (a hallmark of every Pullman hotel), business lounge, chill-out lounge, restaurant and bar, gymnasium, car parking as well as five meeting rooms catering for conference and events.

Written by Peter Needham

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