The Porter House Hotel – MGallery Opens in Sydney

Accor marks its 400th hotel in Australia and the Pacific with the launch of  The Porter House Hotel – MGallery in Sydney.

Just three decades after entering the Australia/Pacific hotel market, Accor has added its 400th hotel, with the launch of the heritage-listed The Porter House Hotel – MGallery in Sydney.

Accor’s first hotel in the region – Novotel Sydney Darling Harbour (1991) – was a catalyst for the redevelopment of Darling Harbour into Sydney’s premier tourism, entertainment and events precinct, and the transformation of the iconic Porter House building into a luxury hotel is set to boost Sydney’s CBD revival.

The new hotel has been created out of a building commissioned in 1876 by Hugh Dixson, Australia’s leading tobacco manufacturer and a notable philanthropist and horticulturist. After starting its life as Dixson & Sons tobacco factory and warehouse, it became a retail shopfront for the artisan furnishings of WW Campbell & Co and famous leather merchant George Johnson & Sons.

Located on Castlereagh Street, the luxury hotel offers 122 rooms and suites, which occupy the first 10 floors of a 36-storey mixed-use tower. A residential component comprising 131 apartments, with private entry via Bathurst Street, sits above the new MGallery hotel, while a multi-level food and bar destination has been created within the restored 1870s heritage-listed building itself.

Accor marks its 400th hotel in Australia and the Pacific with the launch of  The Porter House Hotel - MGallery in Sydney.

Guests have access to all the hotel’s restaurants and leisure facilities – including a fitness centre and heated pool – via the Porter House Hotel’s exclusive Digit Valet walking, talking iPad concierge, the only one of its kind in Australia.

A stylish, urban sanctuary in every way, The Porter House Hotel – MGallery is designed by award-winning architect Angelo Candelapas of Candelapas Associates, who has seamlessly connected the historic Porter House building with the ultra-modern tower built around the original building. The new-build hotel pays homage to The Porter House’s heritage and Sydney’s bustling Victorian commercial era with a modern take on old designs such as contemporary curved windows that reference the original building’s iconic brick archways.

The opening of The Porter House Hotel is part of a large-scale expansion of Accor in the Pacific region, with 11 new hotels scheduled to open before the end of 2023. They include the debut of the 25hours brand in Australia, new airport hotels at Melbourne Airport and Auckland Airport, and another heritage restoration in Sydney, Hotel Morris, which is being created out of the 1929-built former West End Hotel in Pitt Street.

Luma* Restaurant and Bar, the centre-piece of the multi-million dollar upgrade of Adelaide’s original five-star boutique hotel, is open for business at the iconic Playford Hotel, a member of the MGallery Collection (by Accor).   With a nod to the elegant Art Nouveau style for which the South Australian, family owned hotel is famed and coupled with a modern twist that is both energetic and aspirational, Luma will grace 120 North Terrace with timeless style and sophistication, extending an invitation to both local communities and international  guests throughout the day and night.    <image004.jpg>The pinnacle of this exciting new hospitality offering is a must see magnificent 800m handcrafted lighting sculpture. The unmissable one-off art piece sets the tone with perfect luminosity over Adelaide’s most beautiful bar – an original feature piece of the venue, as well as newly installed long tables spanning its massive columns and cosy booths. The bar will be managed by celebrated mixologist Gregory Perrot, noted for once having created a $2,000 cocktail.     Luma’s restaurant is overseen by award winning Executive Chef Kevin Martel. His fabulous share-inspired menu is a love note to European dining.  Its bold flavours, colours and locally sourced organic ingredients, are prepared using both classic techniques and interpretive cooking methods.   Luma is amongst Adelaide’s finest.  Luma is Distinctive, Energetic and Inspiring.   Distinguished by bespoke culinary concepts and attention to detail, the Luma experience commences with the morning light.  Breakfast is organic, free range and always delicious.  Fully cooked, or fresh baked and married with delicately brewed coffee, a fine selection of teas or a fresh juice to kick start the day.     Luma is the mid-morning sunlight paired with a French pastry fresh from the oven enjoyed over conversation with coffee.   Luma is the midday light that casts the shortest shadow.  Lunch may be express and light or a more indulgent longer experience.  Luma is a destination restaurant with the convenience of both express and a la carte menus.   Luma is the dusk light enveloping the skies as the day turns to night.  It’s time for Aperitivos - perhaps one before dinner or a couple with friends to celebrate good times. As the skies outside darken and the glow of the sculpture chandelier takes centre stage, Luma truly comes to life with music, a gin, craft beer or fine wine.    Luma is the warm glow emanating from a cosy table enjoying dinner. Here the culinary ethos of European simplicity has been paired with a sophisticated yet casual elegance with a share inspired menu.  The signature ‘Luma Canard’ designed for two with a trio of flavours will be sure to leave a lasting memory.   From first to last light and into the night, Luma will surprise and delight.   Luma is an incredible next step in the evolution of South Australia’s world-leading dining scene, bringing craftsmanship, entertainment and quality to the guest experience.  Our award winning team look forward to welcoming guests with a level of service befitting this truly inspiring culinary adventure.   Quote from Kevin Martel, Executive Chef  “I am genuinely excited by Luma and the culinary journey we have in store for our guests which will showcase the best of South Australian produce. The Luma experience will be something special and unforgettably distinctive, energetic and inspiring.”

“Sydney is experiencing its fastest growth since March 2020, with recovery in corporate, conference and events business, and continued strength in the domestic leisure market,” says Accor Pacific CEO, Sarah Derry. “We are seeing similar revivals in other key cities around the Pacific, complementing the success of regional holiday destinations in Australia and New Zealand. Our expansion program has a full range of hotel styles – from luxury to economy – in the pipeline: in city centres, airport precincts, regional centres and suburban growth areas. Accor is introducing both fresh brands and a fresh approach to hotel operations in Australia, and then New Zealand and the Pacific.”

From luxury to economy, Accor has 19 international brands across Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and French Polynesia, including SO/, Sofitel, MGallery, Art Series, Pullman, Swissôtel, Mövenpick, Grand Mercure, Peppers, The Sebel, Mantra, Novotel, Mercure, Mondrian, Tribe, BreakFree, ibis, ibis Styles and ibis budget

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