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Monday 11 December 2023

Landmark Sydney hotel to get a major makeover

The Sofitel Sydney Wentworth - which was once Sydney's first "grand" hotel - is to be given a major makeover.

Recently acquired by a fund managed by global investment firm KKR in strategic partnership with Futuro Capital and Marprop Real Estate Investors, the hotel's $60 million refurb is scheduled to commence in January and be completed by spring 2024.

With a storied history spanning over half a century, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth has been a feature of Sydney's urban landscape since its inception as the Wentworth Hotel in 1966. It was later called the Sheraton Wentworth. 

The Wentworth was Sydney's first five-star international hotel and encapsulated the essence of 1960s and 70s jet-set glamour as Sydney first emerged as a global destination.

“We are excited to reignite and add layers to the history of this landmark hotel," said hotel GM Sam Panetta.

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

Led by architecture and interior design firm Fender Katsalidis - which also designed Sydney's MONA and the landmark Levantine Hill in the Yarra Valley - the refurbishment of the heritage-listed property includes a comprehensive redesign of all 436 guest rooms and suites, corridors, club lounge and lobby areas.

Key to the refurbishment is the introduction of a completely new world-class dining precinct, including new restaurants and bars.

Karen Morris, associate principal for Fender Katsalidis, says: “We are honoured to be a part of the refurbishment of the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, an iconic landmark on the Sydney skyline.

"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.”

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