Historic Sydney hotel to undergo major renovation

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth has unveiled plans for a $60 million refurbishment that is set to commence in early 2024.

The heritage listed, 436-room Sydney CBD hotel, which was established in 1966, was acquired by a fund managed by global investment firm KKR in strategic partnership with Futuro Capital and Marprop Real Estate Investors in 2021.

The major renovation work to Sydney’s first international 5-star hotel is expected to be complete by spring 2024.

“We are excited to reignite and add layers to the history of this landmark hotel,” says Sam Panetta, general manager, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth.

“The repositioning of the Sofitel will enhance the luxury services on offer and reinforce the value of the brand.”

The renovation will be helmed by architecture and interior design firm Fender Katsalidis, and will see all rooms receive a makeover, as well as the lobby and club lounge, plus new restaurants and bars.

“We are honoured to be part of the refurbishment of Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, an iconic landmark on the Sydney skyline,” says Karen Morris, associate principal at Fender Katsalidis.

“Our design vision is to revitalise the guest experience while preserving the hotel’s rich cultural and social heritage, re-establishing its position as a luxury hotel destination.

“We are excited to be part of this city-shaping project that will breathe new life and vibrancy into this part of Sydney.”

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