Sydney is a city rich in traditions and history for all to enjoy. The Wentworth Hotel is an important part of that history. In 1800 the site of the first Wentworth Hotel on Lang Street became part of a developing area of the new colony of Sydney called Church Hill. In 1824 three substantial, two storey terrace houses were built in Lang Street. The last terrace, No 3 Church Hill, became the future Wentworth Hotel. William Charles Wentworth and Dr Wardell launched “The Australian” newspaper which was published from No 3 Church Hill in 1833.
In 1854 a boarding residence was operated on the site which became known as Wentworth House. In 1882 Mary Hayes purchased Wentworth House and renamed it the Wentworth House Family Hotel. On Christmas Day in 1888, fire destroyed Wentworth House. In 1901 the lease on the Wentworth Hotel was given to Donald Samuel Maclurcan and remained in the Maclurcan family until 1950.
The Wentworth Ballroom was added and opened in 1920. The Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII and the Duke of Windsor after abdication, danced in the new ballroom on a number of occasions. By 1925, the hotel was a well established and popular destination and was expanded to 100 rooms and further expanded in 1940 to 200 rooms.
In 1950 Qantas Empire Airways negotiated a controlling interest in the hotel, thus beginning a new phase in the development of the hotel. In 1961 approval was granted for Qantas to build a new 400 room hotel next to Qantas House in Chifley Square. The new Wentworth Hotel was completed in 1966 and was the first five star hotel in Sydney. In 1982, the hotel was resold and further refurbishments were undertaken.
The Wentworth Hotel has hosted many international dignitaries and celebrities, such as Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. Other visitors have been Prince Charles and Princess Diana, numerous film and sports stars, as well as the first men on the moon.
Sydney’s time honoured five star hotel in the heart of Sydney city has a solid reputation for being a welcoming and memorable luxury hotel. Through a recent enhancement program of $10 million, this Sydney icon ensures that the most modern facilities are offered whilst retaining the charm and character for which The Wentworth has long been renowned. Sofitel Sydney Wentworth’s unique design allows most rooms to overlook the central Garden Courtyard.
- 436 elegantly appointed rooms
- Club Sofitel
- Lattouf Hair Spa
- Elixr Health Club
- Baracca – Clothing
- Garden Court dining
- Concierge services
- Undercover security car parking
- King beds or king single bedsPremium conference facilities
- Internet facilities & Wi-fi options
- Business centre
- 24 hour in-room dining
- Guest laundry and valet service
- Two level shopping arcade
- Safety deposit boxes
- Special access facilities
- Express check-out service
Guests staying at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth have complimentary access to Elixr Health Club which is Australia’s leading mind and body health club group. It is located on Level 1 of the hotel.
The Wentworth offers a touch of French inspiration and is located in the heart of Sydney’s central shopping and business district. It is only minutes away from the Opera House, the rocks, the Harbour Bridge, the Australian Stock Exchange, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. With 436 guest rooms and suites, the five star facilities all successfully blend 21st century interior design with the hotel’s heritage-listed traditions.