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Park Hyatt Opening in February but Maybe by Christmas

After a 12-month, $60 million renovation, bookings the Park Hyatt Sydney is planning an official opening date is February 1 but a spokeswoman says the doors may be open before Christmas.

All that remains of the original building in a prime waterfront position in The Rocks are the external walls, with roof lines raised on three levels to take in views across the water to the tips of the Opera House sails.

BARstudio has led the design of 155 guest rooms (11 are suites), in which most have floor-to-ceiling glass doors leading to private balconies. Rooms have dual vanities, a wet area with rain shower and a separate powder room with heated toilet seat. There’s a 24-hour butler service, a Nespresso coffee machine and, of course, views of the harbour, bridge and Circular Quay.

The 350m² Sydney Suite (the average new home built in Australia is 215m²) has two bedrooms, a sauna and terrace. There are dining spaces for up to eight, indoors and out.

The Park Hyatt has commissioned works by Australian artists, including painter Tim Johnson, sculptor Bruce Armstrong, carver G W Bot and Robert Bridgewater. The latter’s lobby pieces depict waves and water using sandstone and detritus washed up in the harbour, while Bot’s designs are on large sandstone panels at the hotel’s entrance. Several of her prints will be exhibited in rooms and public areas.

Chef Andrew McKee heads the 108-seat restaurant, The Dining Room. The function room, The Gallery, can cater to 150 people and the new Guest House, on the harbour’s edge, can accommodate 60. Room prices start at $795 a person, while the Sydney Suite starts at $16,000 a night.

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