The scaffolding on our construction is down and we’re patiently awaiting Sydney’s current lockdown to show signs of lifting so we can reveal the opening date of our new hotel.
It’s taking a little longer than planned to get our hotel open (thanks to the pandemic!) but we’re well on our way to having everything ready before summer 2021, and we can’t wait to welcome you!
We’re working away behind the scenes to complete the construction of our much-anticipated 88-room Aiden Darling Harbour, which has now been several years in the making. Set in a beautifully remodelled 1930s Art Deco building in Sydney’s Pyrmont, the hotel has been designed for travellers by travellers, led by our owner, Sydney local and wunderluster Nicolas Chen.
“The aim has been to create a thoughtfully-designed, compact boutique hotel which brings together all the must-haves for a great value, digitally-connected and stylish city stay,” says Nicolas.
In creating Aiden Darling Harbour, Nicolas has taken inspiration from some of the best hotels in other great cities of the world – Paris, London, New York, Hong Kong – where space is at a premium, so everything being offered is essential, considered and smart.
“We wanted to bring exactly the same sort of experience to Sydney, providing today’s traveller with all of the elements which enhance their travels and their modern digital lifestyle,” says Nicolas.
Nicolas and our team, including General Manager Michael Sharp and Operations Manager Katharina Enzinger, have been busy preparing the hotel ready for opening, from sourcing Madhouse Bakehouse biscuits and organic Love Tea for guest rooms, to finalising the cocktail menu in Wayfarer’s Bar and Café.
They’ve also been chatting with local restaurants, bars, attractions and tour companies in the neighbourhood to create itineraries and bespoke experiences for guests of the hotel to enjoy.
Final touches are also being applied to the hotel’s unique and striking series of murals, featured in guest rooms and on a 25-metre-high “ever-green” wall, all handpainted by local artist Jessica Le Clerc and inspired by local botanica of the area.
“Following opening, our artist-in-residence Jessica will live-paint an extensive mural in the communal lobby and lounge on the ground floor, where guests (and locals) can enjoy all-day dining at Wayfarer’s Bar & Café and access 24-hour reception, self check-in and check-out via kiosk, and mobile room keys,” says Nicolas.
There’s still work to be done: delicious menus to be tasted, super comfy beds to be made, TVs to be tested, glasses to be polished. So stay tuned for updates!
We can’t wait for you to be the first to stay in Sydney’s newest luxury boutique hotel when we’re able to swing our doors open later this year.
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