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Thursday, February 28, 2013

PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney relaunches following $20m refurbishment


The PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney, one of Australia's most respected hotel names, has relaunched following an almost $20million interior redesign. The hotel now boasts a fresh, contemporary interior that incorporates the latest in hotel technology, offering a world-class hotel experience in the heart of the CBD.

The hotel's rejuvenation was a collaboration between Pan Pacific Hotels Group, owners of the PARKROYAL brand, and internationally-acclaimed design firm HASSELL. The designers introduced a fresh, contemporary aesthetic that employs a bright palette of natural and earthy shades and textures, inspired by the Australian landscape from bush to beach.  

A vital component of the redesign was balancing the new aesthetic with functionality, the latest in hotel technology being introduced to enhance every aspect of the guest experience. The new systems allow the preferences of guests such as their ideal check-out time and added touches they enjoy in their room to be conveyed to relevant staff ahead of their arrival. Room keys can track guest movements so that staff can be alerted if a guest with messages or a package waiting has just returned or even if they are leaving the hotel and their room has been left ajar. The new technology will soon also allow smartphones to be encoded as room keys, streamlining the check-in process even further.

"The rejuvenation of this hotel heralds a new chapter for the PARKROYAL brand in Australia," says Craig Bond, General Manager – Oceania of Pan Pacific Hotels Group, owners of the PARKROYAL brand. "Although PARKROYAL hotels offer exemplary service in half a dozen countries, the birth of the brand was here in Australia and it has been synonymous with travel in this country for decades. The redesign of the Darling Harbour property demonstrates to travellers both domestically and internationally that we will continue to provide a cuttingedge hotel experience well into the future."

The hotel's 340 rooms and suites offer stunning views across the Sydney CBD and the Darling Harbour precinct. All rooms have been furnished to create a residential feel, making the guest feel instantly at home. With modern amenities including LCD televisions, iPod docks and high-speed Internet access, each room becomes a comfortable oasis in the busy city. Guests can choose from a range of room sizes from the Superior and Deluxe Darling Harbour View rooms through to the larger Club and Executive Suites.

The hotel's restaurant, Barkers, offers a mouth-watering menu of contemporary Australian favourites from breakfast through to dinner. Housed within the hotel, it provides stunning views across the city, making it a relaxingplace to begin or end the day over a meal. For those wanting something lighter, Connections Bar & Lounge on the ground floor offers an extensive cocktail list and a selection of fine wines, the perfect spot to begin an elegant evening out. 

For corporate travellers, the PARKROYAL Club Rooms offer a range of additional facilities and services to make their stay as uncomplicated as possible. Priority check-in, free Wi Fi and a complimentary laundry service are all provided while guests can also access the Club Lounge on the top floor of the hotel. Here they can take in the stunning views across Darling Harbour overbreakfast daily or enjoy twilight drinks and canapés in the evening, all complimentary. Club Guests can also use the Club Boardroom for meetings, making it that much easier to do business while travelling.

Offering a personal level of service, the ten-storey PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney is conveniently located on the eastern fringe of the CBD, placing it within walking distance of many of the city's finest dining and entertainment options. With most of Sydney's iconic tourist attractions nearby, it is perfectly situated for guests to explore the city at their leisure.

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