An artist's impression of InterContinental Parramatta. Subject to change with design competition underway.

Sydney’s rapidly growing ‘Second CBD’ in Parramatta has procured another luxury hotel brand, with IHG Hotels and Resorts signing its flagship InterContinental brand to take centre stage on the corner of Church and Macquarie Streets.

In collaboration with Holdmark Property Group, InterContinental Parramatta will soar over the booming Western Sydney CBD as part of a mixed-use precinct which will also include offices and a ground-floor retail zone. It will be surrounded by stylish restaurants and transport links, including the new Parramatta light rail, with Westfield Parramatta one block away.

The hotel will feature 200 guest rooms, an elegant restaurant, rooftop bar, Club Lounge and 900 square metres of meeting and event space. Guests will also be able to make use of a fitness centre, swimming pool and wellness centre.

InterContinental will become part of a rapidly expanding Parramatta skyline.

“Parramatta is without doubt a super city of the future,” said IHG Vice President Development – Japan, Australasia and Pacific, Abhijay Sandilya.

“To embark on this new-build project with new partners, Holdmark Property Group, and introduce our luxury InterContinental Hotels & Resorts brand to the heart of Western Sydney is incredibly exciting.

“The transformation of Parramatta over the years has been extraordinary and the city is truly deserving of a luxury hotel. It has been crying out for one for a long time. InterContinental has long been a pioneer in bringing luxury to new destinations, and we know that its arrival in western Sydney will bring a new era of sophisticated travel to the locale.

Holdmark Property Group’s Kevin Nassif said the company were firm believers in the rise of Parramatta as Sydney’s second CBD and that the new InterContinental Parramatta would be perfectly placed to cater to business and leisure guests.

IHG Vice President, Development – Australasia, Japan & Pacific, Abhijay Sandilya.

An architectural design competition is now underway to determine the winning design for the tower, which will be constructed to the highest available environmentally friendly standards.

The arrival of InterContinental to Parramatta continues a growing conga line of major brands either opening new hotels or signing to manage future developments. The area has recently seen the Holiday Inn Suites brand open its doors, with development underway on QT Parramatta and Hilton Parramatta, with both due to open in the coming years.

The announcement caps off a big month for IHG’s flagship brand, which last month confirmed its arrival in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula in the form of InterContinental Sorrento.

InterContinental Parramatta is currently scheduled to open in 2025.