Tonight marks the first night of business for The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts in Australia, with the company now in charge of the historic 1 Martin Place address in Sydney and solidifying the brand’s maiden expansion project outside of its Singapore heartland.
Formerly the Westin Sydney, the 416-room CBD hotel now trades as The Fullerton Hotel Sydney, with the company celebrating the occasion with a grand celebration today among invited VIP guests and media.
Once the city’s tallest building, Sydney’s General Post Office has recently undergone a major makeover to its sandstone exterior with meticulous cleaning and restoration of its iconic façade. In all, more than 38,000 working hours has been put in to restore the edifice to its status as a grand city landmark.
The third and newest member of The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts portfolio features a six-storey atrium peppered with sophisticated restaurants and bars including Modern Australian eatery, The Place. Fullerton’s signature Afternoon Tea experience will be offered at its new Sydney hotel, alongside the first international availability of the famed Singapore Sling cocktail which will be complemented by the new local favourite, the Sydney Sling.
Guests staying in The Fullerton’s opening few nights will receive special commemorative souvenirs including a postcard and stamp, inviting guests to write a note home to loved ones and to send the postcard from the former GPO itself.
Rooms have been kitted out with a variety of guest features including a Nespresso machine with pods, Bluetooth speakers, a selection of Singaporean teas, a pillow menu and an in-room tablet device which doubles as an electronic Concierge. Through the digital compendium, guests can order room service, extra amenities and request transport from the front door.
Fullerton Hotels and Resorts General Manager, Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale, said it was exciting to be at the helm of the company’s maiden expansion into Australia.
“It is our aim to provide hotel guests and visitors with heartfelt hospitality and memorable experiences, all while showcasing the beauty and heritage of the former Sydney GPO building to a wider audience both nationally and globally.
“We encourage our guests to embark on memorable journeys that are deeper, more colourful and more rewarding when they stay in our one-of-a-kind, landmark luxury hotels with prime addresses that are destinations unto themselves,” he added.
The Fullerton is currently working on its second international foray, with construction well underway on a resort adjoining Ocean Park in Hong Kong.