Sydney’s first five-star hotel readies for reinvention with renewed focus on F&B

by Ruth Hogan

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth is soon set to commence a AU$60 million refurbishment project that will see the introduction of a world-class dining precinct featuring new restaurants and bars.

The expansive refurbishment, which is due to commence in January 2024, aims to elevate the guest experience with enhanced facilities and a renewed focus on comfort and luxury, while retaining the hotel’s distinctive heritage.

“We are excited to reignite and add layers to the history of this landmark hotel,” said Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, General Manager, Sam Panetta.

“The repositioning of the Sofitel will enhance the luxury services on offer and reinforce the value of the brand.”

The heritage-listed hotel, which began as the Wentworth Hotel in 1966, was Sydney’s first 5-star international hotel.

Its latest transformation, led by architecture and interior design firm Fender Katsalidis, will see a comprehensive redesign of all 436 guest rooms and suites, corridors, club lounge and lobby areas.

“We are honoured to be a part of the refurbishment of the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, an iconic landmark on the Sydney skyline,” said Fender Katsalidis Associate Principal, Karen Morris.

“Our design vision is to revitalise the guest experience while preserving the hotel’s rich cultural and social heritage, re-establishing its position as a luxury hotel destination.

“We are excited to be part of this city-shaping project that will breathe new life and vibrancy into this part of Sydney.”

The hotel refurbishment follows its acquisition by a fund managed by global investment firm KKR in strategic partnership with Futuro Capital and Marprop Real Estate Investors in 2021.