W Sydney and Janice Wong’s 2am: Dessert Bar to Grace Darling Harbour with Debut on 12 October 2023

W Sydney will open its doors at Darling Harbour on 12 October 2023 after a delayed opening that was originally slated for November 2022. The iconic curved facade between two highways adds to the skyline of Darling Harbour joining other icons, including the towering Crown Towers.

The Crown Towers Sydney
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After vacating its former location in Woolloomooloo, W Hotels return to Sydney, joining two other W-branded hotels in Australia, including Brisbane and Melbourne at Collins Street. It was replaced by the Blue Hotel under Taj Hotels and Resorts in 2007 and is currently Ovolo Woolloomooloo.

“W Hotels is a brand that was born in New York, but destined for Sydney. The pulse of the city is so aligned with the W spirit – the sense of originality and curiosity, the unique take on luxury, the bold attitude. Eclectic and unexpected, this new hotel will be a beacon for the harbour, a hub of constantly evolving experiences and exciting spaces that unfold from morning till late and are deeply connected to the life of the city. We can’t wait to share W Sydney with our guests when we open our doors on 12 October.” 

Craig Seaward, General Manager, W Sydney

W Sydney and the Darling Harbour Precinct

Located next to PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, opposite the Sofitel Darling Harbour and walking distance to the Hyatt Regency Darling Harbour, the 585-keys hotel will feature a two-level rooftop bar 29/30 (named after the levels of the bar), WET Deck and a 30m mosaic inlaid heated infinity pool that overlooks Darling Harbour, AWAY Spa, FIT GYM, BTWN restaurant, a living room bar and event spaces. It will be the world’s largest W Hotel in the world.

Darling Harbour with W Sydney in the background
Darling Harbour with W Sydney in the background

We were in Sydney mid July and we were amazed by the architecture and captured photos at different times of the day from different vantage points. Extensive work was still underway as the hotel was still hoarded up on street level.

W Sydney and what it has to offer

W Sydney’s interiors have been designed by Bowler James Brindley promising a W immersive world. The Living Room are vivid blue, while BTWN features raw urban spaces. 29/30 will offer dress circle views of the Harbour that look across the infinity pool. Enjoy wines, cocktails and a basque-inspired menu on level 29. A menu of elevated cocktails and vintage champagnes by the glass will be offered at Level 30’s yacht-inspired interiors.

Staff members will be dressed by celebrity stylist Jess Pecoraro, who has partnered fashion icons including Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta and Fendi.

Look out for the tattoo of stars designed by Australian-Ukranian tattoo artist Stanislava Pinchuk in the hotel’s guestroom corridors or the conscious, colourful art by muralist Sophi Olding on the walls of BTWN. The driveway has been styled with a fleet of vehicles powered by W’s local automotive partner Genesis Motors.

Janice Wong opens 2am:Dessert Bar in W Sydney

Singaporean multi-award-winning chef Janice Wong is also opening 2am:Dessert Bar in W Sydney on 12 October, offering residents in Sydney a taste of her signature desserts and a new degustation menu. Janice recently entered London availing her chocolates in Selfridges in late 2022, retailing her infused chocolates with very Singaporean flavours such as Gula Melaka Pandan or Laksa Leaf Lemongrass.


W Sydney
31 Wheat Road
New South Wales, Australia 2000

W Sydney is now open for guestroom and event bookings from 12 October 2023. A quick check on https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/sydwh-w-sydney/overview/ revealed Marriott Bonvoy Flexible Rates from A$886 a night on opening night on 12 October for the City View Wonderful Guest Room, A$959 for the City View Fabulous King room, A$1,106 for the Darling Harbour View Spectacular Room. The City View 1 Bedroom Fabulous Studio Suite is A$1,302, while the 1 Bedroom City View Fantastic Suite is A$1,645. Check out https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/sydwh-w-sydney/overview/ for the other room categories.

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