by Sarah J.F. Braley | December 12, 2016
The 892-room Hyatt Regency Sydney has opened in the Australian city's Darling Harbour district, a 15-minute walk from the city's new convention center, ICC Sydney, which opens next week. The property is the result of a US$250 million redevelopment of a former Four Points by Sheraton hotel; construction added a new tower with 222 new guest rooms.

"Following its multi-million dollar redevelopment, Hyatt Regency Sydney opens today showcasing a stunning transformation," said David Udell, group president, Asia Pacific, Hyatt Hotels Corp., on Dec. 1. "It's a great feeling to welcome the return of the Hyatt Regency brand, which will be a key flagship Hyatt Regency hotel for Hyatt in both Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Guests can now enjoy many of the hotel's facilities, including state-of-the-art meeting and event facilities and a new Regency Club lounge, all of which will provide the ultimate dwelling for both business and leisure travelers to relax and unwind."

The hotel's transformation was led by owner M&L Hospitality, making it the largest upscale, full-service hotel in Australia. The property features a 272-seat all-day dining restaurant; an open-air bar is set to open in late December.

For groups, there is more than 37,100 square feet of meeting space, including two ballrooms that can seat more than 1,000 people; the space features panoramic views of Darling Harbour and offers a four-ton car and goods lift, and a separate coach check-in facility for large groups.