HotelsAccor reaches 400 hotels and counting Down Under with its latest debut in a heritage building.

Where there was smoke, there’s a new hotel in Sydney

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The heritage-listed The Porter House Hotel – MGallery in Sydney.
The heritage-listed The Porter House Hotel – MGallery in Sydney.

Four hundred hotels in three decades is Accor’s proud record in Australia/Pacific following the launch of the heritage-listed The Porter House Hotel – MGallery in Sydney.

Accor's first hotel in the region – the 1991 Novotel Sydney Darling Harbour – was a catalyst for the redevelopment of Darling Harbour into Sydney's tourism, entertainment and events precinct.

The Porter House building on Castlereagh Street began life in 1876 as Dixson & Sons tobacco factory and warehouse. It has been transformed into a 122-room hotel, occupying the first 10 floors of a 36-storey mixed-use modern tower. A multi-level food and bar destination has been created within the heritage-listed building itself.

The Porter House Hotel lobby.
The Porter House Hotel lobby.

The opening of The Porter House Hotel is part of a large-scale expansion of Accor in the Pacific region, with 11 new hotels scheduled to open before the end of 2023.

They include the debut of the 25hours brand in Australia, new airport hotels at Melbourne Airport and Auckland Airport, and another heritage restoration in Sydney, Hotel Morris, which is being created out of the 1929-built former West End Hotel in Pitt Street.

Accor Pacific CEO, Sarah Derry, said, “Sydney is experiencing its fastest growth since March 2020, with recovery in corporate, conference and events business, and continued strength in the domestic leisure market.

“While there is still some way to go before international travel returns to pre-pandemic levels, the ramping up of international flight schedules and growing confidence in long-haul travel bodes well for the renaissance of the region's hotel industry for the rest of 2022 and 2023.”

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