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INITIALLY A brewery, then a much-loved movie theatre, one of Sydney’s most iconic buildings is entering a new phase of its life.

The West Olympia Theatre in Paddington in Sydney is about to become the first 25hours hotel in Australia, part of the Ennismore brand.

Set to open in December 2024, the four-level hotel will boast 109 luxurious guest rooms, a rooftop bar, central courtyard, eclectic restaurants and cafes, live music facilities, a wellness offering and ground floor retail.

The site started off as Marshall’s Paddington Brewery before being replaced by West’s Olympic Pictures until 1911 – a destination for movie lovers for nearly 50 years.

In the 90’s it was home to the Grand Pacific Blue Room, one of Sydney’s hottest nightclubs.

The building will undergo adaptive re-use works that involves restoring and integrating the West’s Olympia Theatre’s iconic façade into the new upscale boutique hotel that will honour its past use under the creative direction of award-winning architect Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, an expert in heritage projects.


THE SEBEL has announced it will soon reveal its latest property in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.

The newly curated premium hotel is currently undergoing a multi-million-dollar refurbishment, promising to bring a new essence of style and sophistication to the city.

Located on Philip Street, the 86-room Sebel Sydney Martin Place will replace the current Mercure branded property. The hotel’s luxurious, modern interior will offer a tranquil retreat with an essence of opulence.

This year, The Sebel is proudly celebrating its 60th anniversary in Australia and New Zealand and now has 34 properties across Australasia.

“The Sebel surrenders itself to its locale, establishing itself as a native hotel, perfect for discovering global Sydney by foot,” said Lydia Herd, General Manager of The Sebel Sydney Martin Place.


THE $30 million refurbishment of a major city hotel is about to be unveiled to Aussie travellers.

Family-owned Amora Group is set to reveal the extensive work on its third Australian hotel as part of its strategic expansion and investment in the region.

Opening this month, Amora Brisbane features 296 rooms across its 14 floors. It combines tradition and modernity and is inspired by themes of wellness with natural organic tones, greenery, plants and radiant natural lighting.

The well-situated hotel features various room types with its premier rooms and suites providing a vista of the Brisbane skyline.

Guests can enjoy newly renovated conference and event spaces, an outdoor rooftop pool and deck with an adjacent fitness studio and sauna.

“We’re devoted to curating a hospitable space that pairs the warmth of home comforts with the novelty of luxuries and indulgence,” said Narej Farik, Group Director Commercial and Business Development of Amora Hotels & Resorts.

The Amora Group consists of six properties operating in Thailand and Australia, including Amora Hotel Riverwalk Melbourne, Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney and now Amora Hotel Brisbane.

The group began in Australia more than 25 years ago with its first accommodation investment, Amora Hotel Riverwalk Melbourne.


A NEW colour has appeared on Sydney’s hotel landscape – and that colour is indigo.

Hotel Indigo Sydney Potts Point marks the debut of the global boutique brand in the Harbour City. It is located behind the famous neon Coca-Cola sign in Kings Cross.

The opening follows the August unveiling of Hotel Indigo Melbourne on Flinders and Hotel Indigo Brisbane City Centre late last year.

The launch of the 105-room Sydney hotel marks a new chapter in the property’s history thanks to Pro-invest Group’s multi-million-dollar refurbishment.

Guests arrive in a theatrical lobby where a specially curated art collection sets the tone – from NFT dance projections that come alive at night to striking photographic portraits of famous and up-and-coming performance artists that have graced local stages.

Views of Sydney Harbour and the city, or distinct neon lit streetscapes provide the outlook from creatively furnished rooms, some offering private outdoor terraces and balconies.

Renowned chef Luke Mangan will oversee The X Café, a bijoux-sized early morning to late afternoon café in the lobby serving day-break lattes to lunch time bites every day to guests and locals.

“Our multi-million-dollar refurbishment has reimagined this property, introducing Hotel Indigo’s creative spirit to Sydney for the first time and adding to the incredible re-energisation taking place in this famous part of the city,” said Jan Smits, CEO, Asia Pacific of Pro-invest Group. 

“We look forward to sharing Hotel Indigo Sydney Potts Point with curious travellers seeking a new style of hotel where they can stay and play.”

Pro-invest Group has a total of 32 hotels open and in the pipeline across Australia and New Zealand.