HONORS CIRCLE: AUSTRALIA
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
No. 1 Martin Place, Sydney, New South Wales, 2000
Standing out from downtown Sydney’s other top hotels with its distinctive mix of heritage and contemporary comfort, The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts’ first property outside Singapore makes for an unforgettable stay.
It’s in part a reimagining of the former General Post Office (GPO), a late-19th-century landmark that has been painstakingly restored by its new owners. Adorned with vaulted arcades, a clock tower, and a sweeping sandstone facade, the original building is connected by a dramatic six-story glass atrium to a modern high-rise section.
Most of the 416 guest rooms are housed in the latter, while those in the GPO building offer more classically inspired options. These include the Heritage Long Suite, a stately space occupying the former postmaster’s office that comes complete with glossy hardwood floors and two original (though non-functioning) marble fireplaces.
Yet even standard rooms are stylishly appointed and boast Harman Kardon Bluetooth speakers, Nespresso machines, an extensive pillow menu, and a tablet that provides an interactive Tapendium digital concierge service, allowing guests to browse and request hotel services directly. Club rooms and suites feature exclusive Balmain amenities.
While the surrounding central business district has no shortage of great places to dine and drink, The Fullerton Hotel Sydney holds it own on the culinary front. Situated under the skylights of the atrium, The Place restaurant serves iconic Southeast Asian dishes (think wagyu rendang and seafood laksa) alongside Modern Australian cuisine from an open kitchen.
Just downstairs is The Bar, where guests can indulge in an array of lunch and dinner options as well as creative cocktails such as the Sydney Sling—an Australian version of the Singaporean classic that mixes ingredients up with ginger liqueur and small-batch Four Pillars gin from the Yarra Valley. This is also where the hotel hosts its Fullerton Signature Afternoon Tea experience, which features the likes of lobster cornet à l’Oriental, duck rillettes in sesame buns, and caviar-topped smoked-salmon millefeuille alongside chocolate moelleux, pandan lamington, and other sweets.
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney’s location on the pedestrian mall of Martin Place puts it within easy reach of attractions such as Darling Harbour, the Royal Botanic Garden, and the Sydney Opera House, not to mention some of the city’s best galleries and shops. Guests should also opt to spend some time exploring the colorful history of the GPO on one of the hotel’s complimentary heritage tours. Led by a resident guide, the 90-minute walks also showcase the building’s intricate stonework and architecture as well as relics from the Tank Stream, Sydney’s original freshwater supply. A section of the stream lies below the GPO, giving guests a front-row seat to a pivotal piece of cultural heritage.