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Fanfare as Novotel Sydney Central unveils new incarnation

July 17, 2014 Headline News, Hotel News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59With music, cocktails, cavorting acrobats and entertainment by Louise Van Veenendaal (actress and singer/songwriter from this season’s reality show The Voice), Novotel Sydney Central revealed its transformation in Sydney’s Haymarket.

Following its rebrand in February 2013 from Citigate Central Sydney to Novotel Sydney Central, the 18-storey, 4.5-star hotel has revamped all its guestrooms, redesigned its bathrooms and installed a new lobby. It has also received Chinese Optimum Standard accreditation – befitting a hotel in the heart of Haymarket, with China being one of Sydney’s fastest-growing tourism markets. Hotel Novotel Sydney Central

General manager Danesh Bamji, shortly to move to Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach, outlined the history of Novotel Sydney Central. It started out as the Golden Gate, boasting Sydney’s first Yum Cha restaurant and ornamented with gold leaf. Its bathrooms were gunmetal grey and it provided a three-bedroom apartment for the general manager on the top floor. That was in the free-spending 1980s.

Louise Van Veenendaal from this season's reality show The Voice, at Novotel Sydney Central

Louise Van Veenendaal from this season’s reality show The Voice, at Novotel Sydney Central 

Today, the hotel has been reborn to suit 2014 and beyond. As part of its multi-million dollar refurbishment, all 255-guestrooms have received either new king or queen size Novotel beds, new carpet, freshly painted walls and new furniture, Bathrooms have seen a complete overhaul with new tiles, vanities and fixtures and fittings installed.

The lobby refurbishment includes new reception desks and backdrops, modern ottomans and lounge chairs. There’s an Apple web-corner there as well.

Bamji points out that with construction work on Frank Gehry’s building coming to a close, and with The Goods Line set to stream right past the hotel, Novotel Sydney Central is in a prime position to benefit from Haymarket’s regeneration. Media guests saw an overview of The Goods Line, Sydney’s new renovated railway urban park, sometimes compared to New York City’s High Line.

“Haymarket has come alive and there’s a great energy about the place which is bringing new people into the area which is good for business,” Bamji commented. Novotel Central Sydney

“For a long time Haymarket was seen as a transient suburb and often overshadowed by Darling Harbour and Chinatown; however with the public works that are currently underway, Haymarket is going to become one of the city’s most exciting precincts, surrounded by cutting edge architecture, exciting new restaurant and retail areas.”

Novotel Sydney Central boasts its own heritage-listed building – Field House, which is now the hotel’s restaurant. Named after Thomas and Herbert Field, two brothers who emigrated to Australia in 1885 and set up an Outdoor Relief and Stores Department to assist needy Sydneysiders during the Great Depression, Field House Restaurant has been beautifully restored. Its heritage status adds charm and traditional style to an inner-city high-rise hotel.

Novotel Sydney Central also boasts 12 function rooms and a grand ballroom that can cater for up to 350 guests. With a 600-car-space car park attached to the hotel, drive-in access is easy.

Another touch lies in the 50 Executive Bedrooms located on the top two floors. In these, guests can enjoy free internet access, Nespresso coffee machines, bottled water, the comfort of robes and slippers and a full range of amenities including body scrub and body milk.

Written by : Peter Needham

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