Hold up, can we just take a moment to wrap our heads around the fact that 17 years have passed since Sydney hosted the Olympics! 17 YEARS! That’s practically a lifetime.

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Now, let’s just take a second to realise that it’s also been THAT LONG since Sydney last received a new build, luxury hotel from an international brand.

17 YEARS!

AccorHotels broke the city’s dry spell this week when it officially launched Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour – the city’s first new build, international luxury hotel this millennium.

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Also the first new build Sofitel property in Australia, the 5-star hotel is located in the centre of the city and offers 590 guestrooms..

Among the rooms available inside are the 35 coveted suites…

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Image: AccorHotels

Featuring some of the best views in Sydney…

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Image: AccorHotels

Guests will also find spacious events and meeting spaces…

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Image: AccorHotels

Welcoming social spaces…

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Image: AccorHotels

Oh, and who could walk past this inviting infinity pool without taking a quick dip…

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Image: AccorHotels

Imagine swimming with that view…

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Image: AccorHotels

AccorHotels’ Simon McGrath said the new hotel will be a “landmark hotel” for Sydney because of its convenient location, ability to host events and contribution to local tourism.

The opening of the Sofitel heralds a renaissance of new hotel development in Sydney, with over 40 hotels scheduled to open over the next five years to support the city’s record breaking tourism growth.

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What do you think of the new hotel?