Sydney’s The Star, formerly Star City, has revealed the name for the complex’s new 5-star hotel – The Darling. Set to open in October 2011, The Darling will “xemplify attention to detail, making this imaginative gem an indulgent and relaxing experience” according to The Star’s management team.
The Darling will include 171 rooms and suites, with the top floors dedicated to the ultimate in luxury, featuring two bedroom penthouse suites. The suites, uniquely designed by renowned LA designer, Lawrence Lee, feature floor-to-ceiling Sydney Harbour views, bespoke furniture, fireplaces, media rooms, butler service and a private VIP arrival.
According to The Star, The Darling’s new General Manager, Drew Schlesinger, was hand-picked to manage the new hotel, based on his experience and success of opening and managing landmark hotels around the globe including the InterContinental at New York Times Square, The Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa and The Water Club in Atlantic City and the Mondrian Hotel Los Angeles.
“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,” Schlesinger said. “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.
“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 said.
The Darling will also feature a day spa with 16 private rooms and a contemporary Japanese restaurant called Sokyo, from Chase Kojima, formerly with Nobu restaurants.