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Suite Life: Primus Hotel

Why stay here?

The Primus is a beautifully renovated heritage building in the heart of the city. Originally the office of The Sydney Water Board, the 1939 Art Deco building took two years to be restored and included bringing 12 Italian craftsmen to Sydney who had worked on St. Peter’s Basilica. The Art Deco theme continues inside, with bold colours and oversized marble ensuites. You feel you are worlds’ away from central Sydney, especially when lounging by the rooftop pool.

 

Rise & shine breakfast time?

The hotel’s restaurant, The Wilmont, offers both buffet and à la carte breakfast options. Waking up to the morning paper and a spread of freshly made juice and homemade sourdough toast with jam was heaven. If you’re looking for something more substantial, no problem – eggs, bacon, beans, sausage, fruit, and pastries were all available and the service was very good.

 

What’s for dinner?

Located in the grand lobby, The Wilmont restaurant is run by Korean chef, Ryan Hong. The tasting menu with matching wines is a great option for trying an assortment of dishes including slow cooked abalone and Blue Mountain Wagyu flank, Morton Bay Bugs, and chocolate Frangelico for dessert. The wine list is impressive with choices for all tastes.

 

The Wilmot | Mark Roper

 

Time out

There is no spa at the hotel.

 

Wow factor

The lobby has eight spectacular scagliola columns that frame the original glass block skylights, which flood the lobby with natural sunlight. This luxurious use of space isn’t often seen in today’s architecture.

 

Could do better

A spa in the hotel would be a great asset to get away from the hustle and bustle of central Sydney.

 

I would like an upgrade

The Presidential Suite is located on the hotel’s top floor. Spacious and contemporary, the suite has a combined living and formal dining area with impressive city views. There is also a separate bedroom with ensuite, walk-in wardrobe and modern butler kitchen.

 

Insider tip

Take time to explore historic artefacts; from the old safe under the lobby, to the original water bubblers dotted throughout. There are several information boards that are very interesting and have great photos from the 1930s and 1940s.

 

Rooftop Pool Bar | Mark Roper

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