Sydney’s newest five-star destination, Primus Hotel Sydney, is reaching the final stages of construction. And with three key front of house appointments, the heritage-listed hotel in the heart of the CBD is set to deliver a fine example of stylish art deco glamour.
The redeveloped property at 339 Pitt Street, formerly known as Sydney Water Board headquarters, will be led by General Manager Grant Middleton, who has more than 26 years of global hospitality experience. Grant will oversee the highly dedicated and driven team servicing the 172 room hotel, providing the highest level of personal service to guests.
Working alongside Middleton is Director of Food and Beverage, Sam Bidwell, and Director of Rooms, Chris Stedman. Sam will draw on 18 years of globetrotting experience to ensure the hotel’s key offerings, including High Tea in the grand lobby bar, are run at international five star levels. As well, Chris’s intimate knowledge of high-end hotels will be key to delivering understated luxury and comfort to all the guests.
Grant Middleton, General Manager
Grant Middleton has 26 years’ experience working in hotels across the UK, Asia and Australasia. Born in New Zealand, his hospitality career started with Southern Suns in South Africa before working for two years as Hotel Manager with Radisson Blu Sydney and then almost three years as General Manager Radisson Hotel and Suites in Sydney. Grant nominates his 5 years with Carlson Rezidor as the highlight of his career so far.
Sam Bidwell, Director of Food & Beverage
Sam brings with him 18 years of experience in hospitality and 12 years in management positions. His industry training took him to London, where he worked for acclaimed hospitality businesses such as Firmdale Hotels and The Greyhound at Battersea.
Returning to Sydney, he assisted with the re-launch of Sails on Lavender Bay as Restaurant Manager while consulting on the wine list for Tomislav restaurant. Both achieved one-hat status during his time working with them. Sam was also Restaurant Manager at two-hatted Pilu at Freshwater for over 3 years.
Chris Stedman – Director of Rooms
Chris has two decades of high-end hospitality experience. Born in New South Wales, and proficient in Japanese, he cut his teeth with 8 years as a manger at the Hilton in both Sydney and London before spending another 8 years as the Service Express Manager at the Westin in Sydney.
After 3 and a half years overseeing front of house at the InterContinental Hotel Sydney, Chris has most recently spent a year as the Director of Rooms at Starwood – Four Points by Sheraton in Bangkok. He has returned to Sydney to take up the unique opportunity as founding Director of Rooms at Primus Hotel Sydney.