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Primus Hotel Sydney: A Taste Of Old Fashioned Elegance

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If you’ve been disillusioned by Sydney‘s lockout laws and perhaps a lack of culture compared to other Australian cities like Melbourne, we’re here to tell you that not all hope is lost.

Transporting you back in time to an era of 1930’s glamour, and adding to Sydney’s growing list of hipster heritage revivals, the 5-star Primus Hotel Sydney is the city’s latest hidden gem.

Just moments away from Town Hall and Hyde Park, you’d walk straight past The Primus Hotel Sydney on Pitt St if it wasn’t for the hotel’s December 2015 refurb. “For two years, handpicked master craftsmen from around the world meticulously restored the former Sydney Water Head Office’s elaborate and intricate finishes to their original glory,” says General Manager Daniel Muhor.

Now a timeless haven of opulent design and seamless personal service, The Primus Hotel Sydney is a little taste of old fashion elegance for businessmen and romantics alike.

For The Travelling Businessman

On passing through the Primus Hotel Sydney’s rather dark and intimidating Pitt St facade, you’re immediately greeted by a commanding lobby like of luxe marble and velvet. Towering ceilings, white marble floors, 8-metre scagliola columns and perhaps some of the best customer service in Sydney takes you back to the chivalry and romance of the 30’s heyday.

172 light-filled rooms and suites across a 6 levels are furnished with enough dark timber oak joinery, polished brass trimmings and hand-made wall tiles to have you believing you’re a regular Don Draper…or Ron Burgundy at the very least.

A royal navy and cream colour scheme teeters on the edge of old and new, but modern additions like complimentary WiFi, 24 hour in-room dining, a schmick coffee machine, flat screen telly and wait for it…a pillow menu, will keep most of your first world problems at bay.

If you’re in the business of sprucing up, be it after a long haul flight or late night out, The Primus Hotel Sydney’s bathrooms are pretty deluxe. A massive shower head, even bigger bath tub and plenty of organic Appelles toiletries means you can hit refresh in style.

With marble wall slabs, bronze mirror glass doors and custom-made geometric wallpaper, plus a butler and powder room, The Primus Hotel Sydney’s Presidential and Vice Presidential Suites provide even more old world charm if your pocket (or employer’s) can take it.

If relaxing and unwinding is on the agenda, wet your weary whistle with a carefully crafted cocktail down at the Primus Hotel Sydney lobby bar (smoking cloche, optional), take a dip upstairs at the New York-style rooftop pool and lounge, or indulge in European and Aussie delicacies down at the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant ‘The Wilmot’.

Whatever your mission, The Primus Hotel Sydney delivers on seamless service and style with a little help from a bygone era.

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For The Business Meeting

The food and booze offering doesn’t stop there, Magnificent Bastards. Gone are the days of the pub lunch business meetings. Much like some of Europe’s most iconic hotels, The Primus Hotel Sydney is an ideal spot for business meetings and cocktail catchups, and the hotel’s new Gentleman’s High Tea is guaranteed to impress.

A fresh take on the age-old ritual of afternoon tea, the no-nonsense ‘G’N Tea’ menu offers a convincing lure for the inquisitive gentleman not so familiar with the art of taking ‘a spot of tea’ with delights including Oyster Kilpatrick, Wagyu Sliders, Beef and Burgundy Pies and a Ham and Cheese Toasty.

If you’re keen to take a punt at tea-drinking, a premium selection of traditional and exotic teas including Bombay Chai, African Solstice and Orchid Vanilla from Australian range Tea Forte are on offer. For those looking for a little more indulgence, however, there is Veuve champagne and cocktails a-plenty.

Located in the hotel’s stunning and soaring Art Deco lobby, The Primus Hotel Sydney’s Gentleman’s High Tea starts at $45 (or $65 with a glass of champers) and runs daily between 3-5pm. Is it time to up your business meeting etiquette?

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