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US lifestyle brand Ace Hotels bound for Sydney

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Melbourne-based developer Golden Age will bring America’s funky lifestyle brand Ace Hotel to Sydney as part of a redevelopment of a CBD block in Surry Hills, it has been confirmed.

Set to feature at 49-53 Wentworth Avenue, the 18-storey hotel will be built around the historic heritage-listed Tyne House warehouse. The expansion to Australia is the first into the southern hemisphere for the US hotel brand and the furthest from its homeland since announcing it would enter Asia via a hotel in Kyoto, Japan, due to open next year.

The $350 million development will feature 264 rooms and is the first commercial hotel development for Golden Age. The company purchased the site last year from Sydney developer Michael Teplitsky and saw its development application approved for a hotel last December.

The Ace Hotel in London is a trendy hub focusing on delivering a premium lifestyle experience.

Guest facilities will include restaurants and bars on both the ground floor and rooftop along with a variety of spaces for conferences and events. A fitness centre will also be offered to guests.

Ace Hotels has gradually grown from its California roots to expand to New York, Pittsburgh, Chicago, New Orleans, Seattle and several other US cities. International forays has seen the concept arrive in London, with Japan on track to come next year.

“We’re excited to partner with Golden Age, whose vision and sense of collaboration is in kinship with Ace, to build a central gathering place for locals and travellers alike,” said Ace Hotel Group Partner and Chief Brand Officer, Kelly Sawdon.

The hotel is tentatively slated for opening in 2021.

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