Propelled by the grand art deco aesthetic of 399 Pitt Street, Kimpton Margot Sydney has finally opened its doors to the public. The InterContinental Hotels Group’s chain of luxury hotels has long been one of the most sought-after in cities like Edinburgh, Chicago and San Francisco, but this is the first time the five-star Kimpton brand has landed on the market. Australian soil.
Located on the corner of Pitt and Bathurst streets in Sydney CBD, the 172-room hotel is a coup for global investment firm Pro-Invest Group, which bought the former Primus Hotel in Greenland Australia at the start of last year for $132 million. A year from now, newly released photos showcase a hotel that looks significantly more upscale than the designer Primus Hotel, which opened in the building in 2015 and was best known for its rooftop bar and pool. glamorous, Level Seven.
Rather than just choosing Kimpton Sydney as the name, “Margot” has been thrown in the middle as a tribute to the women who played a leading role in the Australian design scene in the 1930s. And celebrating design seems to be the theme here, maximizing the building’s heritage features, from the pillared Scagliola lobby to the various bold patterns, plush furnishings and botanical displays used to contrast the polished walls.
Each of the 172 rooms and suites has been treated in a similar style, with plenty of wall art celebrating international and local artists, and contrasting dark and bright furnishings. Most of them have both bathtubs and showers, while all have various luxury amenities such as Mr. Smith bathroom products. A total of 600 works of art have been installed across the hotel’s nine floors, including a mezzanine art gallery that should add another strong layer of classicism to the property.
The hotel’s flagship offering is the Celebrity Suite, offering 160 square meters of space with a walk-in closet and butler’s kitchen.
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Given Kimpton’s history as the world’s leading boutique hotel and restaurant brand, food and beverage should also be an important part of the guest experience. Luke Mangan has been chosen to lead the offering with Luke’s eponymous kitchen, attached to the hotel lobby with an open kitchen, a menu that follows modern Asian, European and Australian accents. The opening menu features options like wild Tasmanian crab salad, beluga caviar served with sour cream and chives, and substantials like Brooklyn Valley sirloin with lime, chilli and burnt leaks, as well as the two-day dry-aged Wollemi. duck served in an Indonesian curry with crispy skin and coconut sauce.
Given Mangan’s excellent work at the nearby Hilton Sydney, running the hotel’s famous Glass Brasserie, there is no doubt that Luke’s Kitchen will follow Kimpton standards. The restaurant is complemented by a curated wine programme, designed as ‘Cellar by Luke’, which is separate from the manufacturing dining room and focuses on pairings with a daily changing menu surrounded by walls of Australian and international wines.
The 1930s-style Wilmot Bar will also sit in the middle of the lobby, making a design statement with plush velvet lounges and a menu of signature cocktails served alongside all the usual classics. But of course, it will be the rooftop bar that should have the widest appeal here, reviving what has made the Primus Hotel such a popular spot for after-work drinks.
Replace the idea of the classic Executive Lounge with a Soul Hour, which will take place daily for hotel guests from 5 p.m. During this hour, complimentary drinks will be offered in the various public areas of Kimpton, including Australian wines, G&Ts made with Four Pillars and Wilmot Bar’s signature cocktail.
Other amenities hotel guests can expect include free yoga mats and props, with classes available via tablet in each room, mindfulness classes, and free Lekker bikes. Kimpton is also known for being a dog-friendly brand, and the Sydney outpost will be no exception.
Nightly rates at Kimpton Margot Sydney start from $339.