The William Inglis Hotel, MGallery by Sofitel opened its doors to 100 VIP guests and media on Wednesday night (31 January) to experience its unique accommodation offering, hospitality and leisure facilities.

The all-new boutique property — which celebrates the country’s lucrative horse racing industry — forms part of a $140m precinct called Riverside Stables and is the first MGallery by Sofitel to open in Western Sydney.

Guests arrived at the hotel in the early afternoon and were led on a private tour of the expansive grounds.

As dusk fell they ascended to The Chiltern Pool Deck & Bar, where its cabanas and sun loungers overlook 300 acres of greenery, for cocktails, Champagne and canapés.

Later in the evening, guests were officially welcomed by Inglis managing director Mark Webster to the Big Barn  for a long-table dinner.

Constructed for use during major horse sales, The Barn is a rustic style venue with high vaulted ceilings that overlooks the racecourse.

It can accommodate up to 300 guests for weddings and special events.

The night concluded at 1867 Lounge,  an elegant, old-fashioned whiskey bar, where guests were treated to local cheeses, dessert, and a tasting of rare whiskies and boutique wines.

The William Inglis Hotel, MGallery by Sofitel is situated on Governor Macquarie Drive, just 25 minutes from Sydney International Airport, 30km from Sydney CBD.