Sydney will look like the backdrop of a science-fiction movie in 2020 when W Hotels makes a grand re-entry to the city with a unique, futuristic-looking building.

The Marriott International brand signed an agreement to return to the Harbour City this week, and plans to have W Sydney open before the arrival of 2021.

2021 – the year sounds so far into the future and that’s exactly how guests and locals will feel once the building is standing, according to Marriott, which is working with award-winning architects HASSEL to create a hotel that will “transform Sydney’s skyline”.

If early renderings are anything to go by (and they generally are a good representation), the building definitely will alter Darling Harbour with its uniquely curved exterior.


Inside the property, Marriott is planning to maintain that futuristic approach by introducing the WET DECK® – a pool deck with shimmering, Insta-worthy views of Darling Harbour. Guests sleeping in the 593 rooms will be able to use the space to relax or get wild.

Travellers will also have a choice of dining at an in-hotel restaurant and drinking at one of two bars, including the brand’s signature see-and-be-seen Living Room.


W Sydney will also be home to the W brand’s signature AWAY® Spa , as well as a state-of-the-art FIT gym, and 925 square meters of event space (including a grand ballroom).

Richard Crawford, Marriott International’s Senior Director Hotel Development AU, NZ & Pacific said there’s no better city to introduce a ground-breaking accommodation approach than Sydney.


“The property will be a game-changer for Sydney and an absolute market leader when it comes to luxury hotels in the city.”

Richard Crawford, Marriott International Senior Director Hotel Development AU, NZ and Pacific

W Sydney will be the brand’s third Australian property after W Brisbane (opened this month) and W Melbourne (also opening in 2020).


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