Iconic luxury hotel brand Waldorf Astoria is expanding Down Under, with plans to launch its first property in Sydney by 2025.

The Hilton-owned Waldorf Astoria Sydney will occupy a 28-story skyscraper in the highly anticipated One Circular Quay mixed-use development, considered one of the city’s few remaining prime harbor sites.

Hilton has confirmed the signing with AW Holding Group, the company behind One Circular Quay, ending years of rumors around the upscale Sydney Cove hotel launch pad.

Construction is already underway for the 220-room luxury hotel which houses some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including the Opera House and Harbor Bridge.

The Sydney outpost will launch the brand’s expansion into the Australasian market, adding to the six Waldorf Astoria properties in Asia Pacific.

Nils-Arne Schroeder, Hilton’s vice president of luxury and lifestyle for Asia-Pacific, said Australia’s first Waldorf Astoria property reflects the company’s commitment to expanding into the most popular destinations. most wanted in the world.

“Our highly personalized, elegant service and iconic environments are at the heart of every hotel, and we look forward to delivering unforgettable experiences for our guests in Sydney,” said Mr. Schroeder.

Other Waldorf Astoria hotels that have opened in recent years include the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok and the exclusive private island resort Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi.

Tokyo-based design firm Kengo Kuma and Associates and Sydney-based Crone Architects will lead the project, with a mission to create a “strong sense of arrival” in the public spaces, day spa and bedrooms .

Waldorf Astoria Sydney will feature 179 rooms and 41 suites, as well as two restaurants and a rooftop bar with views of Sydney Harbour.

In keeping with tradition, the Sydney hotel will also feature a Peacock Alley, an iconic space at Waldorf Astoria properties around the world. The gathering space will feature the iconic Waldorf Astoria clock, a nod to the brand’s roots.

The development of One Circular Quay has been plagued with delays. The site sat abandoned for three years between 2017 and 2020, when the project changed hands from developers Wanda to Yuhu, and eventually AW Holding Group.

The luxury hotel brand is renowned for its iconic hotels, including its flagship New York property. Once hailed as the tallest hotel in the world, the 1931 art deco building has served as the setting for many Hollywood movies, including Perfume for women, The Royal Tenenbaums and Coming to America.

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