Sofitel Sydney Wentworth unveils plans for expansive refurbishment to commence January 2024

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth unveils plans for expansive refurbishment to commence January 2024
Edited by Travel Weekly


    Sofitel Sydney Wentworth has unveiled expansive transformation plans following its acquisition by a fund managed by global investment firm KKR and its partners with work to commence in January next year.

    KKR is working in strategic partnership with Futuro Capital and Marprop Real Estate Investors in in extensive refurbishment of the property which will enhance its facilities yet retain its distinctive heritage at the same time.

    With a storied history spanning over half a century, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth has been an iconic feature of Sydney’s urban landscape since its inception as the Wentworth Hotel in 1966 – It was Sydney’s first 5-star international hotel and encapsulates the essence of 1960s jet-set glamour.

    “We are excited to reignite and add layers to the history of this landmark hotel. The repositioning of the Sofitel will enhance the luxury services on offer and reinforce the value of the brand,” GM, Sofitel Sydney, Sam Panetta, said,

    Led by architecture and interior design firm Fender Katsalidis, the refurbishment of the heritage-listed property encompasses a comprehensive redesign of all 436 guest rooms and suites, corridors, club lounge and lobby areas. Key to the refurbishment is the introduction of a completely new world-class dining precinct, including new restaurants and bars.

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

    “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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