Buzz in Australia: Langham to Renovate Sydney Hotel

Circular Quay Sydney taken from the Sydney Harbour Bridge just after sunset showing the Sydney Opera House on the left.
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Langham Sydney

The Langham Hospitality Group is stealing the spotlight with ambitious global expansion plans. Stateside, the Langham Chicago made a splash in July 2013 when it opened in the iconic skyscraper designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and now the Langham Sydney has announced plans for a top-to-bottom renovation that will spare no expense.

As reported by The Daily Telegraph, the Kent Street hotel—formerly known as the Observatory—was purchased by Langham in 2012 for $40 million, with plans to convert it into a “world-renowned five-star boutique destination.” The hotel already has the largest guest rooms in Sydney, but the makeover will elevate it to the same level of luxury as Langham’s other global properties. Think Calacatta marble floors in the lobby and a reception desk made of gold leaf crackled porcelain.

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Langham Sydney

Expect Langham signatures like Afternoon Tea in the Palm Court and spa therapy based on traditional Chinese medicine at the Chuan Spa. Managed by Sonia Lefevre, the hotel will be closed until December 1. For more information, visit

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