Wondering what all the fuss is about at the new Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour? Emma Castle gives you the 101 on the hotel.
There are 590 guest rooms, including 35 suites and the Bellerive Suite penthouse.
The Club Milessime lounge is open 24 hours and has a private board room that can seat to eight people. The club serves breakfast, French-inspired afternoon tea, as well as happy hour canapés and drinks.
The hotel has nine meeting rooms on Level 1, accessible via an escalator from the ground floor lobby and via the lifts.
All of the meeting spaces – including the 508 square metre Magnifique Ballroom that seats up to 480 people theatre-stye – have natural light and full AV.
The meeting rooms are named after the nearby wharves: Jones, Dickson, Byrne, Murphy, Baker, Russell, Brodie and Gillespie.
They range in size to provide maximum flexibility for guests. The Murphy Room is 100 square metres with capacity for 100 people, followed by Baker (40), Russell (14), Byrne (14), Brodie (10), Dickson (10), Gillespie (10) and Jones (10).
On Level 3, The Champagne Bar seats 110 people and has views over Darling Harbour, making it an ideal vantage point to watch the Vivid lights.
The Atelier restaurant, also on Level 3, can seat up to 220 people and can be sectioned off. There is no private dining room, as such, but there is a 12 seater dining table set within the wine wall that can be used as a semi-private dining space.
The hotel’s AV is managed in-house by Audio Visual Dynamics (AVD).