Sydney will see the launch of a new luxury hotel later this year. The Darling will open on Sydney Harbour in October 2011, offering 171 rooms and suites, with the top floors featuring two bedroom penthouse suites. The suites, designed by LA designer Lawrence Lee, feature floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Sydney Harbour, fireplaces, media rooms, butler service and a private VIP arrival.
The Darling is a key feature in the AU$860 million (US$915 million) refurbishment and extension of The Star, transforming it into a major new entertainment area for the Australian city. The entire complex will be re-orientated to face Darling Harbour and will include more than 20 new bars, cafes and restaurants, a shopping area and casino when it re-opens towards the end of the year.
Other facilities at the hotel will include a spa with 16 treatment rooms, a Japanese restaurant called Sokyo. The Darling will be the first five-star new build hotel in Sydney since the 2000 Olympic Games.
“Our philosophy of The Darling is to take every aspect, whether it is a water glass or a coat hanger, and pay close attention to its form and function. From the coloured, soft coat hangers, to the hand-made drinking glasses in guest rooms. From the Egyptian cotton thread count bed sheets to the quality of the mattresses,” said the hotel’s General Manager, Drew Schlesinger (pictured above). “The architecture and design is sleek with subdued hues, yet the ambiance is warm and inviting – and there’s certainly nothing modest about our plush comforts. The spa will round out the experience and be a welcome addition to Sydney,” he added.