The largest hotel in Australia officially opened last night on schedule, with a lavish function in its new Maritime Ballroom followed by a surprise cruise on Sydney Harbour that saw the hotel illuminated.
Hyatt Regency Sydney will have 892 rooms at the end of this month, when its new 24-storey, 222-room tower opens. That makes it easily Australia’s largest hotel, judged by number of rooms. “The largest premium hotel,” is the positioning.
In its former incarnation, as Four Points by Sheraton, Darling Harbour, the property had 630 rooms. The additional rooms relegate Australia’s former biggest hotel, The Towers of Chevron Renaissance, Gold Coast (707 rooms) into second position. Crown Metropol, Melbourne (658 rooms) now moves into third place.
Hyatt’s group president Asia Pacific, David Udell, said last night the new Hyatt Regency was well positioned for the corporate market, being in Sydney’s CBD. It will also suit the leisure market.
Additionally, as the Hyatt Regency Sydney’s hotel manager, Assumpta McDonald, pointed out, the new hotel will suit the cruise market. Cruising is booming into Sydney and cruises coupled with hotel stays are highly popular.
Hyatt previously pledged that the hotel, located at 161 Sussex Street, would be rebranded to Hyatt Regency Sydney at midnight on 30 November 2016, marking the Hyatt Regency brand’s return to Sydney. It met the deadline.
Hyatt Regency Sydney enters the Australian market during a time of growing demand for business, Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) and leisure travel. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the market saw 7.6 million visitor arrivals for the year ending February 2016, an increase of 9% compared to the previous year.
“Hyatt hotels have been operating in Australia for more than 30 years, providing a solid foundation for future growth in what is a dynamic market,” Udell commented.
“This hotel will resonate with business and leisure travellers alike, and furthermore, we believe this hotel will be a leader in providing outstanding exhibition and function spaces so meeting planners can enable attendees to have a great experience.”
The hotel has introduced a 272-seat all-day dining restaurant, building on Hyatt’s history of culinary excellence and featuring the only hotel rooftop bar in Sydney and a Regency Club lounge with stunning panoramic views of the harbour.
The hotel offers more than 3450 square metres of meeting spaces for events, including two ballrooms that can seat more than 1000 people, which will be part of the new pillarless convention centre with panoramic views of Darling Harbour.
Written by Peter Needham