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Tuesday 24 May 2016

Somewhere stylish and new to stay in Sydney

Looks nice doesn't it? This is where I am laying my head tonight; the new Primus Hotel Sydney. 

It is billed as "one of Australia’s most exquisite examples of Art Deco architecture and interior design". 

There are 172 guest rooms and suites, a rooftop pool and bar, adjoining restaurant and a very impressive presidential suite (I'm told). 

Primus Hotel Sydney opened quietly late in 2015 but is now in full swing. 

The downtown property is at 339 Pitt Street; formerly The Sydney Water Board headquarters.  

Daniel Muhor, the hotel general manager, says: “For two years, hand-picked master craftsmen from around the world meticulously restored the former Sydney Water Board office’s elaborate and intricate finishes to their original glory. With a balanced blend of tradition and contemporary touches; Primus Hotel Sydney is now a timeless haven of international five-star standards and seamless personal service." 

Yada, yada, yada. Hotelspeak at its finest. 

What is good news for would-be guests is the hotel's central location; moments away from Town Hall, Hyde Park, Pitt Street Mall and fast-emerging gourmet destination Koreatown.

The lobby is impressive with towering ceilings and white marble floor and the lobby is part of a central sanctum with reception and concierge, cocktail bar and a seating area with plush velvet sofas and leather armchairs. 

It is, in many ways, reminiscent of the grand hotels of Central Europe (except for the accents). 

Each of the rooms and suites across six levels offers stylish furnishings with complimentary wifi, 24-hour in-room dining, a Nespresso coffee machine, flat-screen televisions and amenities by organic Australian skin care brand, Appelles.

The Primus Hotel Sydney's dining options include ‘The Wilmot’, a 120-seater restaurant with chef Chef Ryan Hong manning the pans. Think dishes likes Wilmot’s seasonal menu, with stand out delicacies including Moreton Bay bug served with crushed peanut, edamame, caramelised watermelon and lime, or lamb loin with shoulder croquet, sweetbread and pearl barley.

The 20-metre rooftop lap pool is a boon for fitness fanatics and the opening rate of $290 per night until June 30 seems more than reasonable. 

Primus Hotel Sydney, 339 Pitt Street, Sydney, 2000.
(02) 8027 8000.

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