The Fullerton Hotel Sydney will breathe new life into the historic, former General Post Office at No. 1 Martin Place.
Like a happy stroke of serendipity, both The Fullerton Hotel Singapore and its first international outpost in Sydney were former General Post Offices (GPO). With the meeting of historical architecture and modern design a central theme for both properties, guests can look forward to stays that brim with memorable experiences and cuisine that reflect each city’s cultural backdrop.
The newly opened Fullerton Hotel Sydney offers 416 elegant rooms in the former GPO at No. 1 Martin Place and its adjoining high-rise building. If you’re not already planning a stay in the heritage-rich property, here are six good reasons to:
1. It is the first Fullerton Hotel outside of Singapore
The debut of The Fullerton Hotel Sydney marks The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts’ first international brand expansion outside of Singapore. Aside from experiencing the unique blend of hospitality from the award-winning brand, guests can also look forward to embarking on rewarding journeys that allow them to delve into the rich heritage of the city’s well-loved landmarks.
2. The location is unparalleled
A popular meeting place for stylish Sydneysiders in the early 19th century, the iconic GPO clock continues to be a gathering point for business and leisure travelers, as well as the local community, today. The hotel is located in the heart of the city with financial institutions and fashion houses at its doorstep, as well as the Australian city’s top attractions including Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, and The Rocks just minutes away.
3. They’re celebrating with a special series of Fullerton Stories
To celebrate the hotel’s debut and the rich heritage of the landmark building, The Fullerton Hotel Sydney has collected evocative accounts, anecdotes, and memories from former GPO employees who once worked in the historic building. Among the personalities is Leslie Edwards, who worked as a telegram boy and telegraphist at the GPO from the mid-1950s. He vividly remembers walking through soundproof doors on his first day and being confronted by the incredible noise from hundreds of Morse Code sounders all tapping away at once. These poignant stories in the form of video vignettes will be shared on The Fullerton Hotel Sydney’s social media platforms this October, inviting guests to take a journey down memory lane with these personalities.
4. Guests and the public can enjoy complimentary heritage tours
For a truly unique experience, guests can join the hotel’s complimentary heritage tours, which are available on Fridays and Saturdays at 10 a.m., starting from November 1, 2019. The public can also participate in the tours at 11:45 a.m. on these days. Led by a resident tour guide, the tour will delve into the vibrant history of the former GPO and highlight the vivid memories of personalities who once worked in the GPO, connecting Sydney through telegram, phone calls, and letters to the world beyond. Personalized tours can also be booked upon request.
The 90-minute complimentary heritage tours will showcase the intricate stonework and reveal little-known facts of bygone years, including the once-controversial Pitt Street carvings that depicted the city’s early life and caused a public outcry upon their reveal. The carvings feature the Postmaster General flirtatiously delivering a letter to a barmaid, an astronomer marking Sydney’s position on a globe, a young architect drafting a building, as well as a digger happily pointing to a chunk of quartz and gold.
5. Modern Australian and Southeast Asian flavors take center stage
Modern Australian and Southeast Asian flavors take center stage at the hotel’s dining outlets. At the beautifully sun-lit The Place, guests can tuck into modern Australian cuisines such as pan-seared Red Emperor fish and Tajima wagyu sirloin, as well as Southeast Asian dishes like chicken rice and seafood laksa—which feature fresh local produce.
Meanwhile, The Bar is a tranquil spot for lunch, dinner, savory snacks, cocktails, and the hotel’s signature Fullerton Afternoon Tea experience. The menu features savory options including Lobster Cornet a l’Oriental, duck rillettes in a sesame bun, and smoked salmon mille-feuille with caviar. Satisfy your sweet tooth with desserts including chocolate moelleux, pecan maple tart, and pandan lamington. A must-try is the Sydney Sling, which takes reference from ingredients used to create the famed Fullerton Sling, infused with Australian spirits and flavors.
6. There’s an attractive opening offer
To mark its partnership with Preferred Hotels & Resorts and the brand’s I Prefer Hotel Rewards program, The Fullerton Hotel Sydney will launch with an opening offer. Perks include a reward of triple I Prefer points and dining credits of A$50—the latter of which can be redeemed at all dining outlets within the hotel, including The Place and The Bar. The promotion is valid from now until March 17, 2020.
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