Sydney’s Parramatta to get a luxury InterContinental hotel

by James Wilkinson

The world’s largest luxury hotel brand, InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, is set to arrive in Greater Western Sydney with the opening of InterContinental Parramatta.

Scheduled to open in 2025, the impressive, new-build InterContinental Parramatta will be part of a vibrant mixed-use development that also includes offices and a ground floor retail precinct.

The building itself will be one of the most exciting high-rises to grace the city’s skyline, with the owners in the process of running an architectural competition to find a winning design.

The state-of-the-art hotel will deliver on the brand’s signature InterContinental Life concept – where glamour and the exhilaration of fascinating places is mixed with international know-how and local cultural wisdom.

It will feature 200 guestrooms, a restaurant and rooftop bar, Club Lounge, pool, gym, wellness centre and more than 900sqm of meeting space. With IHG’s responsible business approach at its heart, it will be built to the highest green-rating standard.

Abhijay Sandilya, IHG’s Vice President, Development – Japan, Australasia & Pacific, said: “Parramatta is without doubt a super city of the future. To embark on this new-build project with new partners, Holdmark Property Group, and introduce our luxury InterContinental Hotels & Resorts brand to the heart of Western Sydney is incredibly exciting.

“The transformation of Parramatta over the years has been extraordinary and the city is truly deserving of a luxury hotel; it has been crying out for one for a long time.

“InterContinental has long been a pioneer in bringing luxury to new destinations, and we know that its arrival in western Sydney will bring a new era of sophisticated travel to the locale.

“Together with Holdmark Property Group, we’re excited to re-shape the landscape and give the local community a luxury hotel about which they can be very proud.”

Hot on the heels of IHG’s recent announcement that InterContinental Sorrento will open later this year on the Mornington Peninsula, InterContinental Parramatta will be the 11th InterContinental Hotel in Australasia and will join award-winning InterContinental Hayman Island Resort, along with InterContinental hotels in Sydney CBD and Double Bay, Perth, Sanctuary Cove, Melbourne, Adelaide, Wellington and Fiji.

IHG currently has 60 hotels operating under six brands in Australasia, including InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, voco, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express, with another 35 in the pipeline.