Housed in the iconic former General Post Office (GPO) building at No. 1 Martin Place, The Fullerton Hotel Sydney breathes new life into the city’s much-loved landmark.
Its 18 October 2019 opening marked the first international expansion of The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts – the brand behind the waterfront precinct of The Fullerton Heritage by Marina Bay in Singapore.
This includes two award-winning hotels: The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore and The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, the latter of which is also housed in a former GPO building.
The 416-room Sydney location pays tribute to a fascinating history dating back to 1874 and continues the brand’s prominent reputation for preserving buildings and their stories.
“We encourage our guests to embark on memorable journeys that are deeper, more colourful and more rewarding when they stay in our one-of-a-kind, landmark luxury hotels with prime addresses that are destinations unto themselves,” says Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale, General Manager of The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts.
“We are excited to open The Fullerton Hotel Sydney in a landmark building that is steeped in character and history.
“It is our aim to provide hotel guests and visitors with heartfelt hospitality and memorable experiences, all while showcasing the beauty and heritage of the former Sydney GPO building to a wider audience both nationally and globally.”
Commanding a central position in the heart of the city, the building was once a rendezvous location where locals would dress to the nines to meet below the GPO clock in the mid-20th century.
Phase one of the work on the building’s Martin Place and George Street façade is now complete – and it was no small task.
Stone Mason & Artist, an expert heritage restoration team with a combined stonemasonry experience of 334 years, undertook a 38,000-hour laborious, chemical-free cleaning process to restore the façade to its former glory.
Cross-cultural dining and elegant accommodations
At its new restaurant, The Place, The Fullerton Hotel Sydney will feature authentic South-East Asian cuisines alongside modern Australian dishes.
Diners can opt for local dishes including pan-fried red emperor and braised Wagyu short rib or explore signature South-East Asian dishes such as Singaporean chicken rice, chicken curry, seafood laksa, satay and more.
Those seeking a tipple can visit The Bar for an iconic Singapore Sling or the new signature Sydney Sling; both hero unique flavours from their respective cities.
The Fullerton’s Signature Afternoon Tea will also be on offer in Sydney, with savoury options like Lobster Cornet a l’Oriental and smoked salmon mille-feuille with caviar, and sweet treats including chocolate moelleux and pandan lamingtons.
Guests can choose between spacious and elegant guestrooms and suites in the heritage wing or the tower wing, with select rooms offering sweeping views of the city.
Inside each room is a Harman Kardon bluetooth speaker, Nespresso coffee machine, indulgent pillow menu, a selection of Singaporean TWG teas and an extensive in-room dining menu.
A 24-hour Fitness Centre also provides a private sanctuary for those seeking wellness through a workout.
Commitment to heritage and community
Shining a spotlight on the GPO building’s unique stories, Fullerton Experiences offers complimentary heritage tours and events for both hotel guests and members of the public.
To be launched on 1 November, the 90-minute complimentary tours will explore the building’s vibrant history and share stories of those who worked in the GPO building, which once connected Sydney with the world through letters, telegrams and the lively phone exchange.
In keeping with the brand’s ethos of engaging with its neighbouring communities, The Fullerton Hotel Sydney has pledged A$200,000 to The Girls and Boys Brigade.
The children’s charity focuses on providing early intervention and life education through activities and practical support for children, youth and their families in need.
The two-year partnership will provide financial support in a number of projects including upgrading the Brigade’s current facility and conducting workshops to train youths in hospitality skill sets, with internship opportunities available.