PRIMUS HOTEL, SYDNEY
By Rhiannon Taylor, June 2016
In the late 1930's 339 Pitt Street was home to the Sydney Water Board. A building for customers to come in and pay their water bill, it's a notion now that seems incredibly distant. So what has become of the elegant site? It is the new and swish Primus Hotel following two years of restoration by Woods Bagot.
The jaw-dropping lobby retains much of the building's structure. Marble, large columns and an original vault give glimmers of the past, while geometric carpet and plush velvet lounge chairs are artistically mod. It's a place of memories for many, with stories of former employees visiting the hotel for wedding anniversaries and reunions.
Rooms cater for the fussy business executive. Retaining an art deco feel, it's a refreshing change from usual corporate offering. Plump beds, geometric furnishings and chaises are chic and there's a great TV system for those hours of down time where you just want to do nothing.
Some rooms face internally, which if you're after peace and quiet, provide for a solid sleep. The bathrooms are particularly glamourous, with deep tubs and oversized showers. Stocked with Appelles body products, they're perfect for some rejuvenation after a long day in the city.
Perhaps the biggest draw card is the rooftop pool and despite our visit being during Winter, there's no doubt that this will be a hot spot in Summer.
Situated alongside the pool is a bar and dining area that is extensive and sophisticated. The best part? The rooftop is for guests use only. It's exclusive and keeps away the crowds. And don't think you can plead your way in at the lobby, it's a firm policy and as guests, it's something we love.
Located on the mezzanine are innovative spaces for meetings and events and if you take the stairs down you're back in the lobby standing under an opulent chandelier, which makes for a fabulous entrance.
Situated at the back of the lobby is a slick and sexy bar. It's incredibly refined, with low hanging lamps and club chairs. Great for after work drinks, it has a Mad Men style allure with a classic drinks list.
Breakfast is a five star affair and expect an Asian influenced buffet with fresh produce and eggs made to order. Fried rice and sauteed greens hit the spot and save room for the cheese section. Service is excellent, with a friendly and efficient approach by staff, leaving no request unattended. All in all, Primus Sydney is that city hotel with personality you've been looking for.
FEEL: Mad Men
ROOM PICK: Deluxe Suite for it's wrap around corner windows.
WIFI: Yes, complimentary.
RATES: Starting from $290 AUD.
IN-ROOM: Bath tub, TV, writing desk, lounge seating, Appelles bath products.
MINI BAR: Crisps, chocolates, wine, beer, coffee machine.
I stayed as a guest of Primus Hotel.