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The Menzies to go?

One of Sydney’s most popular hotels, the 500-room The Menzies, may be turned into offices.

Brookfield’s billion-dollar plan to reconfigure Wynyard station and build an office tower above it could see The Menzies converted into office space, according to The Australian.

Hotel analyst Dean Dransfield, of Dransfield Hotels & Resorts, demanded government intervention to stop developers converting hotels into office blocks. “There’s a shortage of hotels, there is not a shortage of offices,” he said. “We will lose nearly 500 rooms and that’s why it is so important that other sites in the Sydney CBD be designated for hotel use.

Brookfield did have plans to include a boutique hotel on the Wynyard site.

The Menzies, opened in 1963, is named after Sir Archibald Menzies, the nation’s pioneer hotelier. By the mid-1970s it was the state’s largest liquor licensee, with more than 18 bars in and around Wynyard, according to The Australian.

The acquisition of Shell House, next to the hotel, in 1979 added a further 196 rooms to the hotel. French chain Accor took over the management of the hotel in 2000

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