Sydney’s Porter House Hotel makes its grand debut

Foodies, travelers and history buffs are in for a treat when The Porter House Hotel – a much-anticipated hotel and tiered bar and restaurant in Sydney city center – welcomes its first guests from September 13.

Located on Castlereagh Street, one block from Hyde Park, Fresh Arrival is a dramatic contrast of old and new, blending an ultra-modern 36-storey residential tower and hotel with a historic 146-year-old building.

The two are connected by a link gateway.

An artist’s impression showing the full extent of the development.

Designed by Angelo Candalepas (lead architect of the future National Gallery of Victoria), the Porter House Hotel – MGallery occupies the first 10 floors of the modern tower, built next to and above the old building. It is also inspired by the design of the heritage-listed façade.

Commissioned in 1876, Porter House began life as a Dixson & Sons tobacco factory and warehouse, before furniture makers WW Campbell & Co and famous leather merchants George Johnson & Sons moved there. later in 1891.

One of the hotel's magnificent superior rooms.. Steve Woodburn

One of the magnificent superior rooms of the hotel.
Steve Woodburn

The hotel has 122 spacious rooms and suites, each decorated in dusty rose and mushroom gray tones, with brass, leather, and gold accents adding further opulence.

In reference to the two buildings, the rooms also have mismatched lamps, one vintage, the other modern.

Classic rooms feature a warm and inviting color palette. Steve Woodburn

Classic rooms feature a warm and inviting color palette.
Steve Woodburn

In bathrooms, softly lit oval mirrors and round sinks take center stage against pink and gray marble tiling, while suites also have freestanding tubs and Appelles amenities.

Above the hotel are 131 residential apartments. Next door, a multi-level dining destination with three different venues is housed in the restored heritage-listed 1870s building.

Dining options include Henry’s Bread and Wine, an all-day spot that takes you from coffee and bagels to champagne and blue-eyed trevella rillettes.

Henry's Bread and Wine on the ground floor welcomes diners seven days a week.

Henry’s Bread and Wine on the ground floor welcomes diners seven days a week.

There’s also Dixson & Sons on the first floor of the building, where executive chef Emrys Jones has created a modern menu that New South Wales heroes produce.

Rich in warmth and character, the restaurant is named after the founding merchant family of Porter House.

Seating 90, the generously proportioned restaurant features two semi-private dining areas, banquettes and intimate tables for two, and a six-meter bar in the middle of the room.

Dixson & Sons includes two semi-private dining rooms, banquettes and intimate tables for two.  Steve Woodburn

Dixson & Sons includes two semi-private dining rooms, banquettes and intimate tables for two.
Steve Woodburn

“The elements of a brasserie that we’ve embraced are a reasonably short menu, an unpretentious approach and French technique,” says Chef Emrys, who describes the dishes as imaginative yet still approachable and with a sustainable approach to production.

“We’ve spent the last few weeks beginning to put these sustainable practices in place, but once we open the doors and start generating waste, we can evolve and expand how we put waste items back on the menu. .”

Glenburnie Pastured Beef Wellington for 2 with Paris mash and eggplant miso mash.. Steve Woodburn

Glenburnie Pastured Beef Wellington for 2 with Paris mash and miso eggplant mash.
Steve Woodburn

Upstairs is Spice Trader, a cocktail bar that aims to take diners to every corner of the world, one sip at a time.

Opening in spring 2022, the rooftop venue will feature a 16-metre sage marble bar and abundant natural light, with glass panels covering half the roof.

Henry's Bread and Wine goes from pastries by day to cocktails by night. Steve Woodburn

Henry’s Bread and Wine ranges from pastries by day to cocktails by night.
Steve Woodburn

Hotel guests also have access to a fitness center and a 12.5 m² heated swimming pool on the first level.

The opening of the Porter House Hotel – MGallery recalls Sydney’s phenomenal growth in luxury hotels in recent years, which has seen arrivals such as Kimpton Margot Sydney and Crown Sydney, and others including Waldorf Astoria Sydney are in come.

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