Exclusive: The countdown is on for the opening of the 25 Hours of Sydney in 2023

Australia’s first 25-hour hotel is due to open next year and construction will officially begin at the Paddington site this week.

Operated by Accor, 25hours is a leading leisure and lifestyle brand that reflects the local community in which it lives.

Located at 1-11 Oxford Street Paddington, this historic site was originally home to Marshall’s Paddington Brewery before being replaced by West’s Olympia Pictures in 1911. In the 1990s it became a popular Sydney nightclub, Grand Pacific Blue Room.

Sydney property developer Central Element and joint venture partner Boston Global Group were joined by Accor Pacific CEO Sarah Derry, New South Wales Government 24-Hour Economics Commissioner Michael Rodrigues, and Sydney City Night City Manager Libby Harris during a ground running event on Thursday.

Central Element CEO Nathan Chivas, Central Element Principals Shane Smollen, architects Tim Greer and Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, and Boston Global Group Chairman and Founder Bill Moss were all in attendance.

The Australian debut of the 25hours brand will see a 105-bedroom property on the eastern outskirts of the city

“We believe this project will transform this site on Oxford Street and be a catalyst in restoring Paddington to one of Australia’s premier leisure and lifestyle districts,” said Central Element Director Wayne Chivas, to those gathered.

“This site is of great historical significance in contributing to Paddington as one of Sydney’s best known and best known nightlife strips. And with the start of construction on this project today, this site will now be transformed into a Social Hub and space where global travelers and local guests can meet and form a vibrant and adventurous community.

Rodrigues said the development will play an important role in the future of Oxford Street and the future of the city.

“The 25 Hours of Paddington, restaurants, bars, live entertainment and music space will add a new vibrancy and diversity to this area, creating a vibrant and adventurous community and attracting international and local visitors to the city. “, did he declare.

A rendering of a guest bedroom at 25hours Sydney Paddington.

The development will include a 105-room boutique hotel, rooftop bar, central garden courtyard, restaurant, cafe, retail outlets, as well as state-of-the-art entertainment and performance facilities.

‘You know one, you don’t know none’

Accor CEO Sarah Derry spoke with SM on the latest developments and what makes 25hours unique.

“The expression we use is: ‘You know one, you don’t know any’. Each place is unique – it reflects the spirit of the city, the local community, it reflects the culture, the art and the neighborhood it is in, and that’s what makes 25hours so special,” said Derby. SM.

“The food and drink element is a really special part of 25 hours, and so the venue we have here in Sydney will have an amazing restaurant on the street front and an amazing rooftop bar.”

Artist’s impression of the rooftop bar at 25hours Sydney

The building itself is a unique Sydney landmark steeped in history – a Gadigal pathway for Australia’s First Nations people and Sydney’s first theatre.

“It’s always been a site of firsts, so it makes sense that this is the first 25 hours in Australia for us,” Derry said.

“The facade of the building will be retained, but what you see from a design perspective will be innovative and truly reflect the city itself. Paddington has always been known for its vibrant culture, and certainly for its food and drink, whether it’s the gastropub scene, the amazing restaurants here, so the hotel will continue to reflect that as well.

Next stop: Melbourne

The Sydney opening will be followed by a 25-hour edition in Melbourne, which is expected to materialize in 2024.

“Our second location in Melbourne is in the Malt District in Cremorne, which will again be another iconic location for us,” Derry said.

This hotel will incorporate the history of the building and the neighborhood into the design, and the local art scene will also come to life as part of the dining offering.

“So we will have at least two [25hours hotels in Australia] and we have conversations about growing this brand even further here,” Derry said.

“Overall, we have 15 right now in seven different countries, and we have four in the pipeline, two of which are [the aforementioned hotels] here in Australia.

Tonkin Zulaikha Greer are the architects behind this project, which will be built by Richard Crookes Constructions.

Nicholas E. Crittendon