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A FORMER government building is about to open as the first luxury hotel in Australia in the Capella Hotels and Resorts portfolio.

Capella Sydney will open on March 15 in the old Department of Education building in the Sandstone Precinct.

Originally designed in the early 1900s, the building now features 192 guestrooms and suites, anchored by three ground-level food and beverage outlets: Aperture, Brasserie 1930 and McRae Bar.

Guests will notice a range of commissioned and collected artworks, sophisticated furnishings and intriguing objet d’art, all within footsteps of the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and recently unveiled Quay Quarter Lanes precinct.

Rooms and suites feature deluxe textiles, standalone tubs, custom Italian Frette linen and exclusive Haeckels amenities.

Superior rooms start from $530 per night while the 235-square-metre Capella Suite on the ninth floor starts from $6,430 per night.

“The Capella brand is synonymous with luxury, excellence in the craft of hospitality and cultural immersion,” said Marc von Arnim, Capella Sydney’s General Manager.

“Capella Sydney takes this to the next level through unparalleled experiences that go above and beyond the expected, underscored by world-class accommodation and dining.”