Porter House Hotel Overview
The heritage facade of one of Sydney’s most recognizable buildings, Porter House, will become the gateway to the city’s sleekest new boutique hotel when Hotels near The Porter House, MGallery opens in July.
Located on Castlereagh Street, the $94 million luxury hotel occupies the first 10 floors of a 36-story mixed-use tower in the reimagined $184 million neighborhood of Porter House. Some 131 residential apartments (with their own private entrance via Bathurst Street) sit above the new MGallery hotel, while a multi-level dining and bar destination has been created in the restored 1870s listed building. inheritance.
Originally commissioned in 1876 by leading Australian tobacco manufacturer Hugh Dixson (also a notable philanthropist and horticulturist), The Porter House began life as a factory and warehouse for Dixson & Sons tobacco. In 1891, furniture maker WW Campbell & Co and famed leather merchant George Johnson & Sons leased the building to the Dixson family, cementing the site’s – and now the hotel’s – historic association with craftsmanship. quality.
The hotel’s General Manager, Joleen Hurst, said: “Emanating from an effortless duality, the redeveloped Porter House area plays with the concept of intriguing contrasts. By bringing together two extraordinary buildings, we have created something remarkably original that we hope will fascinate local, interstate and international clients.”
Design – where heritage meets modernity
An elegant urban sanctuary in every way, Porter House Hotel – MGallery was designed by award-winning architect Angelo Candelapas of Candelapas Associates.
The state-of-the-art tower was built around the heritage-listed Porter House on two sides (and if you look up, it sits on top of the building too), for a different but never disconnected look. Instead, the newly built hotel pays homage to the history of The Porter House and Sydney’s bustling Victorian commercial era – albeit in a current way – with a modern take on vintage designs such as curved windows that refer to the iconic brick arches of the original building.
Notably, a new walkway has been constructed between the two buildings connecting The Porter House to the neighboring hotel – a literal bridge between old and new. Glass balustrades and rails have been used to open up the view from the bridge to contrasting scenes on either side – one side emphasizing MGallery’s current appeal, the other celebrating the original 1870s character and brick walls of Porter House itself.
A striking 335m² abstract mural by renowned artist, Maria Fernanda Cardosa, was commissioned for the exterior wall of the new tower and is believed to be the largest public artwork by an Australian artist in the CBD of Sidney. Titled ‘Ripples and Droplets’, the bold artwork reaches eleven stories and was designed by Maria in collaboration with Chief Architect, Angelo Candelapas, using arcs, circles and color to complement the design of the building ,
Echoing its exterior, the hotel’s interior color palette is dominated by dusty pinks and mushroom gray tones alongside natural textures for a warm, modern feel. Hardwood floors underfoot and sleek gold and brass light fixtures add an opulent touch. Other interior design elements also pay homage to Porter House’s history – including the days of the tobacco and leather merchants – with accents of leather, pressed pewter and other textures.
Soft curves, arcs and circles remain an enduring interior theme, with distinctly curved windows, as does the soft leather headboard in the bedrooms. Ceiling-mounted bed lamps are playfully mismatched (one vintage, one more modern) while softly-lit oval mirrors and round basins take center stage against pink and gray marble tiling in the bathrooms. the hotel. For a subtle sensory extra, MGallery has created a bespoke candle scent, capturing the essence of Porter House with nostalgic scents of leather, smoke and floral bouquets.
Guest rooms and hotel facilities
The Porter House Hotel – MGallery offers a choice of 122 rooms and suites. Designed to accommodate up to two people, each Classic and Superior room (28 m²) is equipped with a king-size bed and a large 65 cm television. The junior suites (48 m²) – four in number – offer additional space for up to three people, with a separate king bedroom and living area, in addition to a wardrobe and a bathroom. generously sized baths. All suites overlook Castlereagh Street, some with leafy glimpses of Sydney’s leafy Hyde Park, which is a short walk from the hotel.
The suites also offer additional luxuries such as complimentary Appelles amenities, a clothes steamer, and a straightening iron. A freestanding bathtub with a mirrored TV placed above is another highlight. For larger groups staying together, the hotel offers six connecting rooms, six accessible rooms, and one pet-friendly room.
All hotel guests have access to a well-equipped fitness center and a 12.5 m² heated swimming pool located on level 11 of the hotel, ideal for leisurely laps or a mindful break surrounded by a rooftop garden and blue skies. The Porter House Hotel – MGallery is also the only hotel in Australia to offer Digit Valet – a walking and talking iPad Concierge to efficiently assist you through the hotel and Porter House sites.
Food and drink
The contemporary hotel plays a sophisticated supporting role to the heritage-listed Porter House itself, which has been transformed into a self-contained hospitality district. Three different dining venues are now found on four redeveloped levels in the original building.
Lose yourself in the beautiful hum of Henry’s bread and wine, welcoming guests downstairs, seven days a week. Bouquets of fresh flowers made by an in-house florist fill one of Henry’s walls, rivaling the fresh aroma of coffee served early each day. Henry’s all-day menu balances takeout for breakfast and lunch, like a Reuben wagyu pastrami or a smoked Travella Blue Eye bagel.
In the afternoon, guests can perch at the central bar for a glass of champagne or choose from the four-metre (mostly Australian) wall of wine on display.
Rich in warmth and character, Dixson & Sons, named after the founding merchant family of The Porter House, occupies the first floor of the building. With an area of almost 200 m² and 90 seats, this generously proportioned restaurant includes two semi-private dining areas, banquettes and intimate tables for two as well as a six-meter bar positioned in the middle of the room. Porter House executive chef Emrys Jones has created a menu that champions New South Wales produce.
Head to the upper level of The Porter House to discover Spice Merchant cocktail bar and let yourself be transported to the four corners of the world, one sip at a time. Due to open later (Spring 2022), this 225 m² venue benefits from an abundance of natural light thanks to glass panels covering more than half of the roof. The 16m sage marble bar may try to take center stage but it’s the cocktail collection that will triumph.
Between Dixson & Sons on level one and Spice Trader at the top of the building, there are floors dedicated to reception areas and private dining room. While level two offers several breakout rooms for meetings, level three devotes the entire floor to private dining rooms (PDRs). There are four PDRs on this floor; two rooms that can accommodate eight people each as well as two luxury dining rooms with fireplaces, bookcases and seating for 8 to 16 people.
MGallery is a collection of exclusive, designer boutique hotels, each with its own original design and unique stories to tell. Once open, Porter House Hotel – MGallery will become the 11e MGallery-branded address in Australia and New Zealand and join a network of 112 MGallery hotels in 36 different countries around the world.
The Porter House Hotel Sydney – MGallery
203 Castlereagh Street
+61 2 8236 8888