Following a $23 million renovation, Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour embarks on a further $160 million transformation project.
Announced in late 2013, owners of the property, M&L Hospitality, will invest in excess of $160 million into the development project, adding a third tower and 230 rooms to what is already Australia’s largest hotel by room number. When complete, the property will have more than 900 guest rooms.
The development will also address the reduction of event facilities in the CBD area during the remake of the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, with new hotel features including 4810 square metres of pillarless convention, exhibition and function space.
Designed by Australian architect firm, Cox Richardson Architects, the transformation of Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour is expected to be completed in 2015 and will have minimal impact on the hotel’s operations throughout the development period.
The announcement comes shortly after the hotel unveiled the results of a $27 million renovation late last year. This first phase renovation included the refurbishment of guestrooms, introducing a new Premium Room category, enhancements to the Corn Exchange Restaurant and Grand Ballroom, and the introduction of four new Heritage Meeting Rooms, providing meeting planners with contemporary, warehouse-style spaces in the heart of the city. With the introduction of the Heritage Meeting Rooms, the hotel now offers 20 meeting spaces, with a combined total of approximately 2000 square metres.
Further enhancements to the hotel included the opening of rooftop bar, Bar Eleven. Located on Level 11, the bar offers unparalleled, panoramic views across Sydney’s Darling Harbour, providing the perfect spot to enjoy evening drinks and canapés, or host a special event.
Hotel general manager, David Fraser, said after an extremely successful refurbishment over the past two years, he is thrilled to embark on the next chapter in this momentous transformation project.
“We are delighted that M&L Hospitality has the confidence in the property and in the Sydney hospitality market to make such a significant investment.”
“This development will be a key part of the larger redevelopment of the Darling Harbour area and will help satisfy Sydney’s need for additional conference space and room capacity.”
Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Pacific regional vice president, Sean Hunt, says the development adds significantly to the wider growth Starwood and the Four Points by Sheraton brand are experiencing in the Pacific region.