MGallery announces upcoming hotel opening in Sydney

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Porter House Hotel Sydney – MGallery is set to open in one of Sydney’s most recognizable buildings in July.

The $94 million boutique hotel occupies the first 10 floors of a 36-story mixed-use tower in the $184 million Porter House neighborhood.

A historic site

The new MGallery hotel is topped by several floors of residential apartments and joined by a multi-level dining and bar destination that has been built into the restored heritage building.

The 1870s site was originally built as a Dixson & Sons tobacco factory and warehouse before being leased to furniture maker WW Campbell & Co and famous leather merchant George Johnson & Sons in 1891.

Managing Director, Joleen Hurst, commented: “Emanating from effortless duality, Porter House’s revamped enclosure plays with the concept of intriguing contrasts.”

“By bringing together two extraordinary buildings, we have created something remarkably original that we hope will fascinate local, interstate and international clients.”

Heritage meets modern design

The hotel is designed as an urban sanctuary combining modernity and heritage of the site. Award-winning architect Angelo Candelapas of Candelapas Associates led the design of this property in which a state-of-the-art tower was built around the heritage-listed building.

Paying homage to the site’s heritage, the hotel is designed with modern features that draw inspiration from historic design, such as curved windows that reference brick archways.

A walkway made of balustrades and glass rails now connects the two buildings, so the hotel is connected to the Porter House next door. The exterior of the new tower is then set apart by a 335 m² abstract mural by renowned artist Maria Fernanda Cardosa.

The hotel’s interiors combine a color palette of dusty pinks and mushroom gray tones with natural textures, wooden floors, gold and brass fittings, and leather accents. Soft curves, arcs and circles are present throughout.

A lifestyle center

Guests staying at the soon-to-open hotel will be accommodated in 122 rooms and suites, all overlooking Castlereagh Street and some offering glimpses of Hyde Park. This accommodation offer includes six connecting rooms, six rooms for people with reduced mobility and one pet-friendly room.

Property amenities include a well-equipped fitness center and heated pool on the 11th floor. Guests also have access to amenities in the mixed-use development as a whole.

The Porter House building will welcome guests to several dining venues: Henry’s Bread and Wine with flowers from an in-house florist, a central bar with a four-metre wine wall, the Spice Trader cocktail bar and the Dixson & Sons restaurant with bench seats and a bar of six meters.

These restaurants and bars are joined by multiple breakout rooms for meetings and private dining rooms, two of which have fireplaces and libraries.

Kasandra J. Stone