First look inside Australia’s newest ultra-luxe hotel: Capella Sydney


After seven years of planning and construction work costing at least $300 million, Sydney’s newest luxury hotel has finally opened its doors – and it looks well worth the wait.
Capella Sydney, a stone’s throw from Sydney Harbor has opened its door. Image: Timothy Kaye

The historic sandstone building, which was once the headquarters for the NSW Department of Education, is now the home of Capella Hotel Group’s latest masterpiece and its first brand launch in Australia.

“The opening of Capella Sydney is a milestone moment in the company’s global expansion,” Cristiano Rinaldi, President of Capella Hotel Group said.
“This launch represents a significant opportunity for Capella to showcase its refined and curated offerings to Sydney and its visitors, and we look forward to amplifying the stories, culture and experiences of the city through a uniquely Capella lens.”  

The Liberty Suite. Image: Timothy Kaye
The guest room. Image: Timothy Kaye

In addition to 192 rooms, Capella Sydney boasts three drinking and dining destinations, including Brasserie 1930, McRae Bar, and Aperture, all of which are open to the public and filled with commissioned and collected artworks, and sophisticated furnishings.

Pricing for the Deluxe room and the Capella Suite starts from $750, while the uppermost jewel, the 235-square-meter Capella Suite on the ninth floor, boasts the largest offering in the portfolio, starting from AUD $6,430 per night. It is also a two-night minimum stay.

The Aperture dining room. Image: Timothy Kaye

“Capella Sydney is not just an ode to the city and Sydneysiders, it’s an open invitation for discerning travellers from all around the world to visit Australia and experience the magic of this place we call home,” said Marc von Arnim, Capella Sydney’s General Manager.

“The Capella brand is synonymous with luxury, excellence in the craft of hospitality and cultural immersion. Capella Sydney takes this to the next level through unparalleled experiences that go above and beyond the expected, underscored by world-class accommodation and dining.”

On level six, guests are invited to indulge in rejuvenating treatments at Auriga Spa, or swim in the 20-metre heated indoor pool, designed to provide the ultimate wellness experience in the heart of the city.

The wellness pool. Image: Timothy Kaye

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