Starwood has signed an agreement with Argus Developments to develop the first aloft hotel in Australia, the aloft Sydney Airport, O’Riordan Street.Located in Sydney, the 161 room hotel is conveniently located within one mile of the Sydney International Airport, on O’Riordan Street in Mascot, Sydney. The hotel is expected to open in 2009.
The aloft brand was formally launched in Asia Pacific at the Hotel Investment Conference (HICAP) in Hong Kong in late 2006. The brand offers a total sensory experience, with guestrooms featuring loft-like nine-foot ceilings and oversized windows to create a bright, airy environment. The centerpiece of the aloft room is the ultra-comfortable signature bed, and large stylish bathrooms that complement the guest experience with oversized walk-in showers and amenities created by bliss spa. Each guestroom is also a combination high-tech office and entertainment center, featuring wireless internet access and plug & play, a one-stop connectivity solution for multiple electronic gadgetry such as PDAs, cell phones, mp3 players and laptops - all linked to a large flat panel HDTV ready television for optimal sound and viewing.
Designed in conjunction with world-renowned David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group, aloft Sydney Airport - O’Riordan Street will stay true to its W heritage, offering atmospheric public spaces designed to draw guests from their rooms to socialize and make friends. Guests can read the paper, work on their laptops via hotel-wide wireless internet access, play a game of pool or grab a drink with friends at the re:mix communal lobby area and bar w xyz. The re:charge fitness center and splash, the hotel pool, give travelers options to de-stress and re-energize.
Starwood anticipates the first aloft hotels to open in early 2008, and is targeting 500 properties globally by 2012.