The Parkroyal Darling Harbour, Sydney was relaunched following a nearly $20-million interior redesign. The hotel’s rejuvenation was a collaboration between Pan Pacific Hotels Group, owners of the Parkroyal brand, and design firm Hassell. The designers introduced a contemporary aesthetic that employs a bright palette of natural and earthy shades and textures, inspired by the Australian landscape from bush to beach.
A vital component of the redesign was balancing the new aesthetic with functionality, the latest in hotel technology being introduced to enhance the guest experience. The new systems allow the preferences of guests, such as their ideal check-out time and added touches they enjoy in their room to be conveyed to staff ahead of their arrival. Room keys can track guest movements so that staff can be alerted if a guest with messages or a package waiting has just returned or even if they are leaving the hotel and their room has been left ajar. The new technology will soon also allow smart phones to be encoded as room keys, streamlining the check-in process.
The hotel’s 340 rooms and suites offer views across the Sydney CBD and the Darling Harbour precinct. All rooms have been furnished to create a residential feel. Each room has modern amenities, including LCD TVs, iPod docks and high-speed Internet access. Guests can choose from a range of room sizes from the Superior and Deluxe Darling Harbour View rooms, through to the larger Club and Executive Suites.
The hotel’s restaurant, Barkers, offers a menu of contemporary Australian favorites. Housed within the hotel, it provides views across the city. For those wanting something lighter, Connections Bar & Lounge on the ground floor offers a cocktail list and a selection of fine wines.
For corporate travellers, the Parkroyal Club Rooms offer a range of additional facilities and services. Priority check-in, free Wi Fi and a complimentary laundry service are all provided while guests can also access the Club Lounge on the top floor of the hotel. Here they can take in the views across Darling Harbour over breakfast daily or enjoy drinks and canapés in the evening, all complimentary. Club Guests can also use the Club Boardroom for meetings.