Jewel in the Crown of Sydney’s CBD opens its doors
SKYE Suites Sydney will open its doors Thursday October 18th 2018, Sydney’s first boutique serviced apartments in the CBD. Located at 300 Kent Street, the highly anticipated opening of the luxury 25 storey multi-residential tower will set new benchmarks for combining architectural excellence, luxurious amenities and will enhance the modern inner-city lifestyle.
SKYE Suites Sydney sits within Arc by Crown Group, offering serviced apartments for short-term and long-term stay guests. The first phase of Arc will see luxury hotel apartment rooms available in SKYE Suites Sydney, comprising of studio suites and two bedrooms suites. In total, Skye Suites at Arc by Crown Group will host 73 serviced apartments; including studio suites one-bedroom suites and two-bedroom suites. The second phase of the project will see the remaining residential suites, rooftop and retail precinct complete in November 2018.
Committed to luxury experiences for guests, each superior-sized apartment suite features timeless interior finishes, complete with Delonghi appliances, Vittoria coffee machines, Kevin Murphy toiletries and haircare products, complimentary Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, pre-stocked mini bar and a bespoke bedding firmness menu. Modern facilities will delight even the most seasoned business traveller with an ice-cave themed lobby and pool, and state-of-the-art gymnasium.
The building itself is an impressive centrepiece for Sydney’s CBD, achieved by globally renowned architect, Koichi Takada. In collaboration with Crown Group, Koichi’s vision will come to life creating a soaring icon of style with arched metal fins that cantilever and curve over the exclusive Horizon Lounge and rooftop, shaping the skyline with a gentle and organic form. The arches filter throughout the project, from the ice-cave themed lobby through to the arch balconies of the suites. Offering hotel guests private balconies and fresh air, the development features a masonry façade podium and glazed frontage inspired by the unique character of significant heritage buildings.
Designed to enrich and regenerate public amenity in the CBD, Crown Group have worked collaboratively to restore Skittle Lane which will host Reflect, public art created by Ramus Illumination. Reflect will be an illuminated sculpture stretching 12 metres across the atrium, comprised of a steel frame, stainless wires and thousands of LED lights. Reflective of a path of flight through the air itself, the artwork will shift its palette of colour and movement in lights according the sound and movement of people beneath it.
Skittle Lane was originally built in the late 1980s as a laneway to service the surrounding warehouses and was used as a bowling alley for sailors and soldiers. Using trachyte blocks, Skittle Lane has been repurposed to act as a pedestrian and boutique retail thoroughfare comprising an 8-storey atrium, linking King Street with Kent Street and Clarence Street.
Adding to Crown Group’s already extensive portfolio of retail and hospitality venues, SKYE Suites Sydney will offer guests and Sydneysiders fine dining and al fresco experiences with an exciting new food hub along Skittle Lane to open in November 2018; featuring new offerings from some of Sydney’s most popular restaurants, including Japanese restaurant Izakaya & Ramen Michi from Masuya Group and Ministry of Coffee. With the likes of Masuya Restaurant, Sushi Bar Makoto in Chatswood and MISO Japanese Restaurant to their name, Izakaya & Ramen Michi owners Katsuyoshi Sadamatsu and Jun Toyoda will offer fresh sushi, sashimi and sake.
Crown Group are leading the way in technology and design led serviced apartments within the industry, allowing guests to download a mobile phone application, SKYE Suites, and access their rooms with a swipe of a room key from their phone. Guests can download the app from the iPhone and Android app store which will also give them access to information about the local area, including nearby tourist sites, restaurants, cafes and shopping places. This information will also be available to guests from a tablet in their room, allowing them click through access to make reservation bookings and purchase tickets to events within Sydney’s CBD and surrounding areas.
Crown Group Director of Hotels and Suites, Wayne Taranto, says, “Appealing to domestic and international visitors, and business travellers, SKYE Suites Sydney will offer short-term stay guests a taste of luxury lifestyle in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. The location of SKYE Suites Sydney is within easy walking distance to the International Convention Centre, Darling Square, Barangaroo precinct and transport that connects to the rest of the city.”
“This is an exciting project for Sydney as Arc by Crown Group will be the first collection of serviced apartments to redefine the west corridor of the city – tapping into the business and financial district of the CBD. We are thrilled to be offering a luxury boutique and service orientated apartments for guests and Sydneysiders,” concludes Taranto.
SKYE Suites Sydney comes after Crown Group’s move into the luxury hotel arena with SKYE Hotel Suites Parramatta which opened in August 2017. Crown Group Chairman and Group CEO, Iwan Sunito, says, “We are incredibly excited to open our doors to SKYE Suites Sydney after such success in Parramatta. This architectural masterpiece in the city’s CBD will not only form a striking addition to Sydney’s skyline, but will enhance the existing streetscape for domestic and international guests, and Sydneysiders.”