The Fullerton Hotel Sydney opened its doors as The Grand Dame of No. 1 Martin Place last week and we’re taking you on a tour give you on a glimpse into the luxury they have in-store for us on our next stay.
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“We encourage our guests to embark on memorable journeys that are deeper, more colourful and more rewarding when they stay in our one-of-a-kind, landmark luxury hotels with prime addresses that are destinations unto themselves,” said Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale, General Manager of The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts. “We are excited to open The Fullerton Hotel Sydney in a landmark building that is steeped in character and history. It is our aim to provide hotel guests and visitors with heartfelt hospitality and memorable experiences, all while showcasing the beauty and heritage of the former Sydney GPO building to a wider audience both nationally and globally,” added Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale.
Committed to its role as custodians of heritage, The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts is renowned for its dedication to preserving buildings and their stories. Known as the city’s rendezvous location, where Sydneysiders dressed to the nines meet beneath the GPO clock completed in the mid-20th century, the building commands a prominent social and physical position in the city.
“We wish to recreate this rendezvous location in 2019 and beyond by encouraging hotel guests and visitors to step into the historic building, and to create and share their own stories of this much-loved landmark and national treasure, just as they do at its sister property, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore,” said Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale.
Phase one of the remediation and maintenance work on the building’s Martin Place and George Street facade is now complete. This marks the conclusion of a broader programme to re-connect locals with the historic Sydney landmark. Stonemason and Artist, an expert team with a combined stonemasonry experience of 334 years, undertook a 38,000-hour laborious, chemical-free cleaning process to restore the building’s facade to its former glory.
Fullerton Experiences: complimentary heritage tours: 90 minutes
Hotel guests and the general public can explore the building’s vibrant history, dating back to 1874 through complimentary heritage tours, which will be launched on 1 November 2019. Docents will share fascinating stories of those who have worked at the GPO building, which has connected Sydney to the wider world through letters, telegrams and the lively phone exchange. It will also showcase the intricate stonework and reveal little-known facts of bygone years, including the once controversial Pitt Street carvings that depict the city’s early life and caused a public outcry upon their reveal.
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney will share more than its history as a former GPO building with its sister property The Fullerton Hotel Singapore; it will also feature authentic Southeast Asian cuisines alongside Modern Australian dishes in the new restaurant The Place.
Located on level one of The Fullerton Hotel Sydney, The Place is bathed in natural light through the magnificent glass atrium. Guests can wine and dine and enjoy the elevated views within the six-storey atrium that overlooks the former GPO courtyard. The sophisticated atmosphere is complemented by an open kitchen and lofty perch.
Modern Australian dishes including pan-fried red emperor and braised wagyu short rib are married with signature Southeast Asian dishes such as the not-to-miss Singaporean chicken rice, chicken curry, seafood laksa, satay and many more.
Another Fullerton tradition that will take up permanent residency at The Bar is the Signature Afternoon Tea. The menu delivers on delectable savoury options including Lobster Cornet a l’Oriental, duck rillettes in sesame bun and smoked salmon mille-feuille with caviar. Satisfy the sweet tooth with dessert choices including chocolate moelleux, pecan maple tart or a pandan lamington. A selection of scones and an extensive TWG tea menu will also be featured.
Diners or visitors seeking a tipple can choose between a Singapore Sling or the new signature, Sydney Sling, each featuring unique flavours from the respective cities.
The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts Supports the Community
The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts’ commitment to the community is core to its DNA. In keeping with the brand’s ethos to engage actively with the communities where it operates, The Fullerton Hotel Sydney has pledged AUD$200,000 to The Girls and Boys Brigade, an inner-city children’s charity focused on providing early intervention and life education through activities and practical support for children, youth and their families in need.
The two-year partnership includes financial support in a number of projects including: basement upgrade in The Girls and Boys Brigade’s current facility to create a multi-faceted space that will improve both physical and mental health for beneficiaries, and workshops conducted by staff of The Fullerton Hotel Sydney to train youths in hospitality skillsets, with internship opportunities available.
The Fullerton Touch
While there has been significant attention paid to the exterior of The Fullerton Hotel Sydney, once inside, guests will enjoy the premium amenities you would expect in a luxurious setting.
Guest rooms will feature signature Fullerton touches including Harman Kardon Bluetooth speakers, Nespresso machines with pods, Singaporean TWG teas, and an extensive and indulgent pillow menu to assist with a good night’s sleep.
At the touch of a button on a tablet that houses an interactive Tapendium Digital Concierge Solution, guests can browse and request the hotel’s services directly, including ordering a customised Fullerton burger from the in-room dining menu. Custom-made Atkinson amenities have been introduced in standard room categories, with exclusive Balmain amenities making a debut in club rooms and suites.
To commemorate the opening of The Fullerton Hotel Sydney each guest room will include limited edition souvenirs; a complimentary postcard and Fullerton stamps – inviting hotel guests to pen a note to their loved ones and post it from the former GPO itself.
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Opening special offer
To celebrate the opening, guests booking a stay at The Fullerton Hotel Sydney, a Preferred Hotels & Resorts Legend Collection partner, will enjoy special launch benefits including an AUD$50 dining credit and triple points from the I Prefer Hotel Rewards programme. The offer is valid from 18 October 2019 to 17 March 2020. Rooms are available from AUD$380 per night, inclusive of taxes.
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