The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts is a name that needs no introduction in Singapore, especially with its two breathtaking, award-winning properties in Marina Bay — one of which is located in a heritage-listed building. Today, the hotel group has announced The Fullerton Hotel Sydney, marking its first foray outside of the Lion City.
Its first overseas outpost is set to open in Sydney’s trademark GPO landmark on 1 Martin Place, a bustling pedestrian boulevard and public gathering place located in the heart of the city’s CBD. Once open, the Fullerton Hotel Sydney will join The Fullerton’s two existing properties, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore and The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore.
Singapore-based international property developer Far East Organization, which owns the building now home to the Westin Sydney, will lead the overhaul and embark on a process next year to refurbish the sandstone exterior of the city’s historic GPO, built in 1874.
The Sydney building was sold for S$147 million last year by the Australia Post of the Sydney GPO to the billionaire owners of the Far East Group, initially raising concerns about the building’s heritage status and future internal configuration and function.
However, the hotel group is no stranger to restoring heritage properties. The location of the Fullerton Hotel Sydney mirrors its sister property, the Fullerton Hotel Singapore, which is housed inside the city-state’s former GPO opened in 1928. Additionally, the guided heritage tours of the building, offered free to hotel guests in the Fullerton Singapore, are also likely to be introduced at the Fullerton Hotel Sydney when it opens.
And while no plans have been disclosed for the interior of the Sydney GPO, the building’s lower level restaurant and cafe area will undergo a major upgrade, along with the building’s retail amenities. The Fullerton Hotel Singapore was designed by Shanghai-based architects Major P.H. Keys and F. Dowdeswell.
“The Fullerton Hotel Sydney will become a sister hotel to The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, both of which share a similar rich history as former GPOs,” said Giovanni Viterale, general manager of The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. “We strive to deliver a luxury hotel that can further contribute to Sydney’s growth as an international tourist destination and showcase the beauty and heritage of the original building to a wider audience, both nationally and globally.”
When it opens in October 2019, Fullerton Hotel Sydney will represent another phase in Sydney’s hotel boom, the biggest since the Olympics in 2000.