The new-look Rydges Sydney Airport Lobby.
The new-look Rydges Sydney Airport Lobby.

Two new dining facilities and a revamped lobby have been opened at Rydges Sydney Airport as part of a renovation and upgrade project carried out over the past few months.

The property’s new signature restaurant, The Ascot, showcases Australian produce such as Northern Territory barramundi and Fremantle octopus as well as locally grown beef. The hotel’s new bar, Smithy’s, operates to a similar ethos, with many locally brewed blends as well as a full menu of imported favourites.

The hotel’s new lobby aims to pay tribute to the racing heritage of the area and features Tasmanian oak timber and Australian marble, with new floor-to-ceiling lighting installed to flood the space with natural light. Design and construction work was carried out by Akin Atelier.

Ascot Restaurant

Rydges Sydney Airport General Manager, Joanna Carruthers, said she was excited to unveil the new spaces, located around 180 steps from the entrance to the international airport.

“Airports are increasingly becoming destinations in themselves; whether it’s a place to say goodbye to loved ones, a place for a quiet drink to kick off a holiday or a place for business travellers who need access to quality accommodation, services and facilities at all hours of the day.

“We aim to cater to the diverse needs of our guests with gourmet meals, share plates and a designer cocktail menu which has been carefully curated using Australian sourced ingredients – all just minutes from the international airport check-in counters,” Carruthers added.