Celebrating the past, present and future at The Fullerton Hotel

The General Post Office building in Sydney’s Martin Place turns 150 years old in 2024, and The Fullerton Hotel Sydney is enjoying an exciting year of spectacular events, writes general manager Rob Weeden.

Sydney has undergone many changes during the past century, but the General Post Office building and its famous clock tower in the CBD has remained one of its most enduring landmarks. The Fullerton Hotel Sydney honours this legacy and continues the tradition of the site being a meeting place, combining the heritage of its building with state-of-the-art event technology and iconic venue spaces.

Memorable event spaces

The Fullerton Hotel Sydney’s event spaces are unlike any other in the city. While embracing the General Post Office building’s Victorian-era architecture, they incorporate clever audiovisual solutions to ensure each event has a distinct vibe.

The Heritage Ballroom’s domed ceiling and ornate windows transport you to the days of grand galas. Once home to the city’s first telegraph centre, this space hosts functions, weddings and conferences with access to a new LED wall and smart lighting options. The Grand Ballroom is the largest pillarless hotel ballroom in Sydney – accommodating up to 1400 guests – and has hosted everything from televised awards nights to political symposiums.

The Fullerton Hotel Sydney’s banqueting menus boast restaurant-quality offerings crafted with locally sourced produce and wines.

The Fullerton Hotel general manager Rob Weeden. Photo: Supplied.

Timeless architecture

First opened in 1874 by acclaimed architect James Barnet, the General Post Office became renowned for its magnificent architecture and ornate spaces. Ensconced within these sandstone walls are five private meeting rooms, an executive boardroom and the Barnet Room, a 133-square-metre pillarless space overlooking Martin Place, which celebrates James Barnet’s contribution to the city.

The Heritage Wing features 50 gorgeously appointed guestrooms. There you’ll find the Heritage Long Suite, which is splendid accommodation featuring original marble fireplaces, Victorian-era mouldings and the Postmaster General’s writing desk – a nod to its former resident. All event bookings have the advantage of staying in The Fullerton Hotel Sydney’s 5-star luxury accommodation.

Celebrating an icon

In 2024, The Fullerton Hotel Sydney is planning a spectacular celebration to honour the history and heritage of the General Post Office building. The hotel cares deeply about its role as custodian of such an important landmark.

We are excited to introduce a program of events to commemorate the 150th year of the General Post Office building that will give our patrons a glimpse into our fascinating history.

This story appears in the Autumn issue of Spice, as part of our annual Hot Seat feature, which shines a spotlight on the MICE industry’s movers and shakers, and outlines what’s in store for the next 12 months.

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