Home-grown Singapore brand, The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts will make its first international foray with the opening of The Fullerton Hotel Sydney on 18 October 2019. Guests can look forward to an elevated hospitality experience steeped in character, culture and heritage that is synonymous with the award-winning brand.
Similar to The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, The Fullerton Hotel Sydney shares a rich history as a former General Post Office (GPO) building. The Fullerton Hotel Sydney is a historic landmark that has been at the centre of Sydney’s development since 1866. It was the gateway to the world for the harbour city and was regarded as a building which would come to symbolise Sydney in the same way the Houses of Parliament in Westminster represent London and the Eiffel Tower, Paris.
Here are 5 reasons why we’re excited about The Fullerton Hotel Sydney:
1. Heritage and Hospitality at the Heart
In the lead up to the launch of The Fullerton Hotel Sydney, the first phase of remediation works on the façade of the historic sandstone building began in April 2019 and is expected to be completed in time for the Hotel’s official opening in October.
2. Location, location, location
Location is paramount for The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts, with each of the brand’s properties enjoying a prime position in the heart of Singapore. Similarly, in Sydney, The Fullerton Hotel Sydney will be prominently located in Martin Place in Sydney’s CBD, minutes away from the city’s thriving cultural and arts precincts, retail centres, dining destinations and boutique bar scenes. Iconic landmarks such as The Sydney Opera House, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Museum of Contemporary Art and the historic Rocks district can all be reached in under 15 minutes by foot.
3. Authentic Experiences and Heritage Tours
As part of The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts’ unique trait to showcase experience-based travel and local colour, Fullerton Experiences, a bespoke programme created for The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts, will provide guests with the opportunity to get up close and personal with Sydney’s history, diversity, arts and culture. Starting from opening weekend, The Fullerton Hotel Sydney will also offer complimentary heritage tours for hotel guests and the public.
4. Community and Corporate Engagement
The brand is also committed to implementing corporate social responsibility programmes and will implement an extension of Singapore’s Fullerton Academy at The Fullerton Hotel Sydney.
“At The Fullerton Hotels Singapore, we have The Fullerton Academy, a staff volunteerism programme that provides hands-on mentoring and training for underprivileged teens. The Fullerton team actively engage the youths to impart both hospitality and creative skillsets through regular workshops on culinary, service, pastry, videography and photography. Personally, I have conducted a course on dining etiquette too. We are looking to replicate that in Sydney, and are currently seeking a suitable partner, with details to be revealed after opening,” said General Manager of The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts, Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale.
5. The Fullerton Stories
In an ongoing effort to share stories that matter, The Fullerton Hotel Sydney has embarked on a “Fullerton Stories” project which is currently being researched and written by a team of historians. The project will feature chronicle memories and tales of the former Sydney GPO building’s past through the personal recounts of former employees and members of the public.
Here’s one story by a former employee of Sydney GPO Trevor Somerville: “The gold bar was probably the most amazing thing that has happened to me. If you could imagine a gold bar about 35 cm long it was incredibly heavy, incredibly heavy. In a really rough canvas bag with a string draw at the top and you can imagine the look on my face when I am pulling out this big gold bar. What on earth are they doing sending a gold bar through the mail? I said. It was quite a conversation piece. I am not sure how often gold bars dropped into the mail.”