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W Sydney opens its doors to reveal its energetic bohemian aura

After nearly a decade away, Marriott’s noisy lifestyle brand has made its grand return to Sydney, with its highlight at the summit.

With the press of a button, the curtains came down to reveal W Sydney.

After seven years in construction across two different builders and across one global pandemic, perhaps the most anticipated hotel opening of the year came down to one letter. 


Rising ever so gradually from Wheat Road in the Sydney CBD and climbing 30 floors, sandwiched between two directions of the Western Distributor freeway, Marriott International’s new W Sydney marks the return of the lifestyle brand to the NSW capital after nearly a decade away.

Sitting within a building known as ‘The Ribbon’, W Sydney is the 70th ‘W’ branded hotel to open around the world and the third in Australia after W Brisbane and W Melbourne opened in 2018 and 2021 respectively.

GALLERY: What do you think of W Sydney?

  • W Sydney is finally now open and welcoming guests.
  • A coffee shop can be found on Level 3.
  • Carpets celebrating Sydney's fireworks is found in the hotel's ballroom.
  • Enjoy some fresh fruit with your breakfast?
  • The 'Between' restaurant is so-called as it sits between the freeways.
  • Sit by the window and you'll get a great view of oncoming traffic.
  • Numerous colour schemes can be found throughout the main restaurant.
  • It even features freshly grown herbs.
  • Each room features a pillow shark on the bed.
  • On some floors, you'll find this odd lounge which site between rooms.
  • The mini-bar comes as a cart.
  • Bathrooms feature a half-egg shaped bathtub.
  • Apartments feature a kitchen with cooktop and separate internal laundry.
  • The Wet Deck is undoubtedly the signature space at W Sydney.
  • Complete with its Mediterranean-style lounges.
  • Enjoy stunning views over Darling Harbour from the pool.
  • Multi-room apartments are linked by this lounge room.
  • The 29/30 bar which adjoins the wet deck.

Opening proceedings included a DJ pumping out a modern dance soundtrack, plugged into a shiny electric Genesis vehicle, a partnership with W Sydney that provides a fleet of vehicles for VIP pick-ups, staycation loan experiences and guest drive experiences.

W Sydney General Manager, Craig Seaward, said the opening marks a new chapter for the W brand and will be a “game changer” in the Sydney market.

“The market is ready for a hotel like W that brings a new luxury reimagined,” Seaward said.

“W Sydney has extraordinary design, not only in an amazing building but in its artistic interiors.”

Then with the press of a button replacing a more traditional ribbon cutting, the curtains at the entrance came down to reveal a waratah-coated ‘W’ and a tempting stairway ringed with neon blue leading up to the lobby.

Each W hotel around the world takes on a unique personality by the design of the brand, which is reflected in its interior design and colours. W Sydney has adopted the Aussie larrikin as its leading characteristic, exuded by a juxtaposing menagerie of colour in its public spaces and no single scheme dominating any one space.

W Sydney features 588 rooms and suites across 28 levels.

W Sydney: What are the rooms like?

W Sydney is home to 588 rooms and suites, featuring everything from typical studio hotel rooms up to cozy three-bedroom apartments featuring internal fully kitted-out kitchens with induction cooktops and laundries with washer and dryer.

Bathrooms feature dark marble and tiling, with a half-egg bathtub sitting next to the rain-style shower head.

Forget throw pillows all over the bed too – each room features a soft cushion in the shape of a shark adorning the sleeping quarters.

Curiously, on three floors guests will find a strange pseudo-lounge like space directly outside their room doors. Featuring only a handful of chairs with dim purple light, it’s an odd use of space owing to the hotel’s odd shape but one which the hotel says hotel visitors may use while waiting for guests to emerge from their nightly abode.

Come for the hotel, stay for The Wet Deck.

W Sydney: The Wet Deck

Undoubtedly the hallmark of W Sydney can be found right at The Wet Deck on Level 29, with an infinity-edged swimming pool, complete with a jellyfish design on the tiled floor.

From the pool or the adjacent Mediterranean style lounges, guests can enjoy the centrepiece postcard views over Darling Harbour which every guest comes to see. Inside, a stylish bar popping with colour and crystal artworks complete the relaxed vibe.

By day, this pool space serves as a relaxed haven where guests can enjoy the 30-metre pool and be served a line-up of colourful beverages and light bites, but by night, expect the tunes to be pumping and The Wet Deck to transform into one of Sydney’s most in-demand nightspots.

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Written by: Matt Lennon
Published: 13 October 2023

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