Pullman Sydney Airport, the first internationally branded five-star new-build hotel in the Sydney Airport precinct, officially opened on Thursday evening in grand style.
The property, Accor’s 700th in the Asia Pacific, is stylish, convenient, and decorated with striking artworks, including distinctive dog-and-rabbit-headed human figurines by acclaimed husband and wife artist duo, Gillie and Marc, creator of the iconic characters Rabbitgirl and Dogman.
AccorHotels Asia Pacific boss Michael Issenberg was among guests on Thursday. Accor Hotels chief operating officer Simon McGrath said the new Pullman was the 15th for Accor in the Asia Pacific region. He said the group’s occupancy level throughout Sydney was about 90%, largely because the NSW government and minister were strongly supportive of tourism.
“This hotel would not be here today if we hadn’t had the confidence of the minister,” McGrath said.
NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres, said the state had a triple-A investment rating and two thirds of jobs growth in Australia was occurring in NSW – with tourism responsible for much of it.
Guests were treated to freshly shucked Signature oysters – with Ewan McCash of McCash Oysters estimating about 100 dozen of the succulent molluscs were ready for serving – as well as chargrilled Kobe cuisine full-blood wagyu, house-smoked duck and other delicacies from a menu designed by the hotels executive chef, Andrew Simpson. They danced to the sounds of Myall High Club, an excellent band, concert harp and piano with warm electronic sounds and harmonies.
The 229-room luxury Pullman Sydney Airport was designed by the award-winning WMK Architecture and SODA (Thailand) Architecture + Interiors who have extensive experience in designing Australian and international hotels.
Spanning 12 floors and located on O’Riordan Street, Mascot, the hotel will suit international and domestic business and leisure travellers. The five-star property is located just 600 metres from Sydney’s domestic airport terminal and 3 km from the International Airport.
On arrival, guests are greeted with a welcoming and spacious, high-ceiling lobby which merges seamlessly with Mobius Bar & Grill – an open plan kitchen which allows guests to immerse in the theatre of food preparation.
A hallmark of every Pullman hotel, a stylish Executive Club Lounge provides guests with a sophisticated, intimate space to check in, plug in and work remotely, or enjoy evening canapés and beverages with colleagues. The Executive Club Lounge also caters to those in transit, equipped with shower facilities and TVs projecting flight arrival and departure information.
The hotel features a state-of-the art 24-hour gym, flooded with natural light overlooking a kitchen garden.
Pullman Sydney Airport general manager, Bernie Boller said, “Since first announcing the hotel 18 months ago, we are delighted to finally open our doors and welcome the hotel’s first guests.
“Our ambition is to be known as a welcoming sanctuary for business and leisure guests, away from the hustle and bustle of the airport, a space where travellers can be both productive and relaxed, without being too far from the convenience of a major international transport hub.”
To celebrate the launch, those travelling to Sydney for business or leisure can take advantage of Pullman Sydney Airport’s opening special from AUD 229 per night including Wi-Fi. Its valid till 1 December 2016 assuming rooms are still available.
Pullman Sydney Airport is also a convenient place to do business. The hotel features three meeting and conference rooms that can combine to form a large venue, catering for up to 280 guests, ideal for workshops or showcase events. A private boardroom with video conferencing can be reserved for full scale presentations. All event spaces are equipped with the latest high-tech AV for event organisers to connect with ease.
Written by Peter Needahm