Sydney’s highly-anticipated luxury hotel Capella Sydney, the first Australian property by the Capella Hotels and Resorts brand, has announced its opening date. The accommodation, housed in the former Department of Education and then the Department of Agriculture building in Sydney’s Sandstone Precinct, will open on March 15, 2023.
Originally designed by architect George McRae in the early 1900s, the building has been meticulously restored and reimagined to now feature 192 guest rooms and suites, three venues — Aperture, Brasserie 1930 and McRae Bar — as well as a spa and a 20-metre heated indoor pool.
“The Capella brand is synonymous with luxury, excellence in the craft of hospitality and cultural immersion,” says Marc von Arnim, Capella Sydney’s General Manager. “Capella Sydney takes this to the next level through unparalleled experiences that go above and beyond the expected, underscored by world-class accommodation and dining.”
In each guest room and suite, you’ll find a stand-alone bathtub, custom Italian Frette linen and amenities by Haeckels. Tones are muted and neutral, accented by natural light streaming through windows. The Deluxe room starts from $750 midweek and $800 on weekends, while the 235-square-meter Capella Suite on the ninth floor, the largest room offering in the brand’s portfolio, starts at $6,430 per night.
Walking Into the hotel, guests will immediately feel a sense of grandeur with soaring ceilings and refined Interiors that embrace the aesthetic of the original building. A bespoke art Installation called ‘Meadow’ by Studio Drift will sit In the central atrium. Suspended below a glass ceiling, the Installation’s sculptures will ‘blossom’ by mixing Its light colours and the gradient of the fabrics.
Aperture, Brasserie 1930 and McRae Bar will all be open to the public and will be filled with commissioned and collected artworks. On the ground level, the Living Room, a signature space of all Capella properties, will be a sleek gathering space where guests can partake In daily Capella Rituals or simply relax among a curated collection of artefacts. Level five will house Auriga Spa, which, In addition to Its pool, will also include a fitness centre and yoga platform.
The hotel takes up an entire city block and Is encircled by Loftus, Bridge and Young Streets. Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and the recently unveiled Quay Quarter Lanes precinct are just a short stroll away.
“Following seven years of meticulous planning, conservation and renovations, Pontiac Land is proud to unveil this grand hotel together with Capella Hotel Group,” says David Tsang, Chief Executive Officer of Pontiac Land Group, the group in charge of the project, along with Make Architects.
“Capella Sydney will elevate luxury accommodation options for business and leisure travellers, and inject fresh energy into the rejuvenated Circular Quay precinct.”
Capella Sydney is now open for reservations.