Housed in the epic Ribbon building, W Sydney promises to host guests in suites as dramatic as the architecture surrounding them.
The latest addition to the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio is housed within the Ribbon – an elegant 25-storey building designed by architects Hassell. The slender, modern structure looks like a ball of liquid mercury from above thanks to its curving glass facade, which looms large over the city’s Darling Harbour from its snug position between two flyovers, dwarfing the traffic below.
The new Sydney outpost also scoops the title as the largest W Hotel in the world, with the project part of a major $2.5bn redevelopment of the harbour area. After several setbacks to its original 2020 opening date, W Sydney is now ready to welcome guests to its 588 rooms, rooftop bar and pool.
Suites start from $630 AUD per night and are as glossy as the hotel’s curving glass facade, with sculptural ceilings lit by strips of lighting, window-side chaise longues with swooping backs, fluted walls, and patterned blue carpets that echo the waves of the harbour beyond.
Guests can make a cocktail from the mirror-polished bar cart and then sink into their freestanding bathtub – part of a futuristic, high gloss ensuite connecting to a separate dressing room.
There’s a similar high touch in W Sydney’s restaurant BTWN, which is named in honour of the busy expressways surrounding the building – something also echoed in its interior design, with its neon strips and racecourse-shaped bar. Guests can take in harbour views from one of the hotel’s two bars: Living Room or 29/30, where armchairs are arranged beneath branch-like lights.