Langham Hospitality Group re-opened the doors to its The Langham, Sydney property on 2 December following a complete renovation.
The entire hotel was closed for a total of four months, however to avoid service issues its core staff were retained over the period.
“This incredible redevelopment will leave guests, clients and the Sydney market ‘wowed’ with what has been achieved in four short months,” said the hotel's general manager, Sofia Lefevre.
“Not just inside the hotel but the radical perfection process we have undertaken whilst the hotel was closed with our staff.”
The hotel’s re-design is the work of GA Design London and Australian luxury building experts, ICMG.
GA Design was involved in the design of every room, structure, interior fit out and each single piece of furniture inside the hotel.
“Langham is such an iconic brand that we wanted to ensure our designs communicated the story of the hotels’ grand history whilst simultaneously reinvigorating the spaces with contemporary design elements combined with sophisticated and classic references,” said Su Ball, executive director of GA Designs.
“In order to give the hotel a high-end residential feel, we introduced rich, elegant materials and stylish features aiming to produce unique yet timeless spaces for the guests to enjoy."
“One of the key features at the hotel is the significant collection of artworks by renowned Australian artists which can be seen throughout the public areas, including in the signature Langham Palm Court," she added.
French trained chef de partie Daniel Rudolph, who has worked at venues including est., heads up the hotel’s casual fine dining restaurant, Kent Street Kitchen.
A professional chefs kitchen is situated in the middle of the venue, enabling guests to immerse themselves in the dining experience – they are invited to speak with chefs about the produce being used, how dishes have been created and their techniques.
The restaurant’s a la carte menu is available under one pre-fixe, and it is expected to change each month.
It seats 140 people in total, and the soon to open Garden Room will provide for private chef table experiences and long table dinners.
“We travelled the world looking for the right concept and ended up taking parts of everything we loved to create something really special and different," said Rudolph.
“Our former restaurant was very formal and serious, and famous for that but Kent Street Kitchen is a little more relaxed without taking the serious food element away.
“We are literally inviting people at the start of the meal to come inside the kitchen, with a glass of wine, taste some flavours and converse, like they would at a friend’s home,” he added.
The hotel also offers a luxury experience menu for guests, such as private butler tennis afternoons where Pimms and lemonade as well as cucumber sandwiches are served.
There are also take-away picnic boxes complete with pink bicycles for guest seeking a foodie adventure around the city.
Other new features include an afternoon tea space known as Palm Court, a $1 million Sotheby’s art collection on the walls of the public spaces and dog friendly suites.
Langham Hospitality Group purchased The Observatory Hotel from Orient Express in 2012 and rebranded it The Langham, Sydney in the same year.