W Hotels set to return to Sydney by 2020 in new futuristic building

by James Wilkinson

Marriott International has finally revealed today that W Hotels is set to make its return to Sydney at the new ‘Ribbon’ development in Darling Harbour.

Built and developed by Grocon and funded by Greaton Group, W Sydney will make waves with its debut slated for 2020. The new-build hotel will be part of ‘The Ribbon’, an electrifying development designed by the award-winning architect HASSEL that will transform Sydney’s skyline on Darling Harbour.

“Sydney – with its glamorous energy, cultural diversity and statement architecture – is the perfect match for W Hotels,” said W Hotels Worldwide Global Brand Leader, Anthony Ingham.

“Wherever my travels take me, I am asked again and again when W is returning to Sydney, and I am thrilled to finally be able to answer the question.

“With the long-awaited return of the W brand in Sydney, Australia will now have three W hotels, along with W Brisbane and W Melbourne – demonstrating just how important and exciting this continent is for global travel,” Ingham said.

W Sydney will feature 593 guestrooms, suites and serviced apartments alongside the ‘wet deck’ the brand’s take on the hotel pool that will feature views of Darling Harbour.

A restaurant serving up local flavours as well as two bars, including the brand’s signature Living Room will round out the hotel’s cocktail and cuisine scene.

W Sydney will also be home to the W brand’s signature Away Spa , as well as a state-of-the-art ‘FIT’ gym, and 925 square meters of event space, including a grand ballroom.

The opening of W Sydney will mark the third W in Australia alongside W Brisbane (just opened in June 2018) and W Melbourne (opening 2020).

Together with recent openings like W Amman, W Panama and W Shanghai, the Aussie openings will bring W Hotels close to its goal of 75 hotels by the end of 2020.

W Sydney will also be part of Marriott International’s rapidly-expanding portfolio of 18 hotels in Australia.

The signing of W Sydney marks close to 20 properties under development in Australia including The Ritz-Carlton Melbourne, The Ritz-Carlton Perth, and The Tasman, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Hobart.