The Fullerton Hotel Sydney of Sino Group recently opened its doors in the heart of Sydney in the heritage-listed General Post Office (GPO) building at No. 1 Martin Place. This marks the company’s first venture outside of Singapore and a major new redevelopment for Sydney. The hotelier’s new iconic property is in a much-loved landmark which has been at the centre of Sydney’s development since the 19th century. The bottomline is Sydney has a new landmark hotel and we’re excited.
“We are excited to open The Fullerton Hotel Sydney, housed in an icon steeped in history and dear to the Sydney community, it weaves the past and present together. Our vision for the 416-room hotel is simple: to deliver a unique, exquisite hotel that is synonymous with warm hospitality and one-of-a-kind flair to make guests’ stays more memorable. We seek to provide guests and visitors with signature services as they create their own memories, while showcasing the beauty and heritage of the former Sydney GPO building to a wider audience nationally and globally,“remarks Mr Daryl Ng, Deputy Chairman of Sino Group.
Known as the city’s rendezvous location, where Sydneysiders would dress to the nine and meet beneath the GPO clock completed in the mid-20th century. The building commands a prominent social and physical position in the city as well as a place in the hearts of Sydneysiders. In present times, the landmark building remains in the heart of the city’s action, surrounded by financial institutions, designer brands as well as galleries.
“We wish to recreate this rendezvous location in 2019 and beyond by encouraging hotel guests and visitors to step into the historic building, and to create and share their own stories of this much-loved landmark and national treasure, just as they do at its sister property, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore,“ notes Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale.
Phase one of the revitalisation and maintenance work on the building’s Martin Place and George Street facade is now complete. This marks the conclusion of a broader programme to re-connect locals with the historic Sydney landmark. Stone Mason & Artist, an expert team with a combined stonemasonry experience of 334 years, undertook a 38,000-hour laborious, chemical-free cleaning process to restore the building’s facade to its former glory.
“We are committed to conserving the Sydney GPO building for the enjoyment of generations to come; and the heritage facade revitalisation programme is just the first step in a multi-phase revitalisation programme to be continued following the opening,“ adds Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale.
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney will share more than its history as a former GPO building with its sister property, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore; it will also feature authentic Southeast Asian cuisines alongside modern Australian dishes in the destination restaurant The Place.
Located on level one of The Fullerton Hotel Sydney, The Place is bathed in natural light through the magnificent glass atrium. Guests can wine and dine and enjoy the elevated views within the six-storey atrium that overlooks the former GPO courtyard. The sophisticated atmosphere is complemented by an open kitchen and lofty perch.
Modern Australian dishes including pan-fried red emperor and braised wagyu short rib are married with signature Southeast Asian dishes such as the not-to-miss Singaporean chicken rice, chicken curry, seafood laksa, satay and many more.
Another Fullerton tradition that will take up permanent residency at The Bar is the signature Afternoon Tea. The menu delivers on delectable savoury options including Lobster Cornet a l’Oriental, duck rillettes in sesame bun and smoked salmon mille-feuille with caviar. Satisfy the sweet tooth with dessert choices including chocolate moelleux, pecan maple tart or a pandan lamington. A selection of scones and an extensive TWG tea menu will also be featured.