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Ibis takes flight

Ibis budget Sydney Airport has added 78 guest rooms to create a 278-room inventory offering accommodation across three different categories.

General manager Tom Marsic said the expansion was designed to meet customer demand for superior style budget rooms with direct access to the airport terminals.

The styling reflects ‘vintage aeronautical pop art’ inspired by the work of Roy Lichtenstein, which features throughout the new guest rooms, redesigned reception area, lobby, and all public spaces.

“Since opening in 2017, we’ve had an incredible response from travellers seeking contemporary and cost-effective accommodation, with the added convenience of being located on the airport precinct in close proximity to the terminals,” he said.

“We understand that after a long flight or during layovers customers are seeking a comfortable space with plenty of room to rest their head and our new expansion directly addresses this demand, enhancing their overall Sydney Airport experience.

“We look forward to showcasing our newly expanded guest rooms to our loyal business and leisure guests, and welcoming new guests.”

Super Star entrance

The Star Entertainment Group has unveiled plans for a $65 million transformation of its Pyrmont casino.

Extensive renovations will include a $22 million grand foyer boasting a 25-metre crescent-shaped screen which will will showcase the works of Australian artists, cinematographers and animators alongside a sculptural water installation. 

The Star Sydney’s chief operating officer, Dino Mezzatesta, said the transformation was designed to thrill guests from the moment they set foot on property.

“Architecture, contemporary art and technology have converged to form an iconic showpiece that delivers a unique, unexpected and dynamic arrival experience for our guests,” he said.

The Star is currently seeking approval from the NSW Department of Planning for a $500 million Ritz-Carlton hotel on its Pyrmont site.

The luxury hotel and residential project, slated for completion within three years, encompasses 220 Ritz-Carlton hotel rooms and 200 residences.

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