A reimagining of central Sydney’s heritage-listed GPO, The Fullerton offers five-star comfort within walking distance of premier attractions. Guests are greeted by a dramatic six-storey glass atrium, connecting the original sandstone building with the modern high-rise addition. Choose from two types of accommodation: Heritage, in the grand former post office; and Tower, in the contemporary wing. Read on for the full review.
The hotel has a mod-Oz and Asian-influenced restaurant, The Place, and The Bar for relaxed drinks and more-ish snacks. With its well-equipped fitness centre and high-end spa, plus a myriad of shopping and entertainment options nearby, The Fullerton is the ideal city haven.
Where is The Fullerton?
The hotel is on Martin Place, which runs east to west in the city’s financial and fashion district, and is convenient for the Opera House, Castlereagh Street’s designer boutiques, the Art Gallery of NSW and other drawcards. It’s about 20 minutes from the airport.
What’s near The Fullerton?
The Fullerton frames central Martin Place, which has quick transport links to Circular Quay and, further afield, Bondi Junction. If you feel like walking, Circular Quay is just 15 minutes away by foot, as it the Art Gallery of NSW.
In keeping with The Fullerton’s reinvention of the GPO, the 416 guestrooms and suites are tributes to its past in the Heritage options or the more contemporary Tower offerings. The Tower Deluxe Suite has a king-sized bedroom with separate living area and dressing room, huge bathroom with deep bath and Balmain of Paris amenities, Harman Kardon speaker, Nespresso machine and well-stocked mini-bar, including champagne, wine and spirits. Take in panoramic views from the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Restaurants and bars
Dine at The Place restaurant (pictured above) for modern Australian dishes and Asian favourites. For main, try the creamy seafood laksa with tiny quail eggs. Or there’s the Fullerton Burger, with Wagyu patty and all the trimmings. Retire to The Bar for a cocktail, such as the Shanghai Champange, a muddle of lychee liquer, prosecco and pineapple juice. Indulge in the Afternoon Tea experience for tempting sweet and savoury nibbles, a selection of premium teas and coffee or a glass of bubbly.
Travel for work
The corporate guest is well catered for, with a 24-hour Business Centre, fast, free wi-fi, in-room desks and a host of meeting and event spaces, from the 1400-capacity Grand Ballroom to the Heritage Executive Boardroom for up to 20 people. Plus, there’s a dedicated Executive Club Lounge for one-on-one meetings.
Spa and gym
Get your pulse racing at the state-of the-art onsite gym. For an outdoor workout, go for a run through Hyde Park, the Royal Botanic Garden, along the harbourfront to the historic Rocks and back. Relax at the hotel’s Endota Spa and pamper yourself with a facial, manicure and massage.
What you need to know
Hear stories of the GPO’s past on the heritage tour, taking you along the elegant arched portico on Martin Place and into the upper reaches of the hotel.
Number of rooms: 416 guestrooms and suites
Rates from: $380 per night
Wi-fi: Free and fast
Parking: Secure parking, with the entrance at 159 Pitt Street. Self-parking with unlimited entry and exit attracts a dailly charge.
Address: 1 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW 2000
Telephone: +61 02 8223 1111
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