The hotel located at the landmark building of No. 1 Martin Place Sydney will become The Fullerton Hotel Sydney after 20 years under Marriott management
Fullerton Hotels and Resorts has announced it will take over management of The Westin Sydney at No. 1 Martin Place on 18th October 2019, at which point the hotel will be rebranded The Fullerton Hotel Sydney. The acquisition of the historic, landmark General Post Office (GPO) building will mark the first international destination for Fullerton Hotels and Resorts, who own the award-winning The Fullerton Bay Hotel and The Fullerton Hotel in Singapore.
Built in 1928, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, like its sister Sydney property, was previously home to the country’s General Post Office and other government departments, and was gazetted as Singapore’s 71st National Monument in December 2015 – the highest form of national recognition in Singapore and the equivalent of a listing on the National Heritage List in Australia. Both Singapore properties are located in the cultural Fullerton Heritage precinct in Marina Bay, the heart of Singapore’s city centre.
General Manager of The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale said: “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.”
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney building, originally constructed in 1874, will undergo a variety of projects and renovations throughout 2019, with the focus of the restorations on the building’s main façade. Viterale has stressed that the renewing process will strictly adhere to the Heritage Management Plan and safety regulations.
Marriott International managed The Westin Sydney for twenty years at its iconic location of 1 Martin Place. The building is located near some of Sydney’s finest restaurants, shopping, and theatres in the heart of the harbour city.
The news of the hotel’s rebrand follows Australia Post’s sale of the GPO building – one of Australia’s most significant heritage buildings – to two Singaporean billionaires in March 2017 for $150 million in a deal shrouded in secrecy that led to an outcry over heritage concerns.