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The Taj checks into Sydney

The Indian Hotels Company Limited, which operates 73 hotels in India and overseas is purchasing a 100 room, five-year old hotel, located in close proximity to the central business district of Woolloomooloo Bay, Sydney.

The hotel is currently operated by the Starwood Group and is amongst the top five hotels in Sydney.

The acquisition price was Australian $36 million. The Taj Hotels’ re-branding and management of the hotel will begin by early February 2006.

The hotel will be operated under its own brand. The Taj had in July this year, taken over the legendary Pierre hotel in New York.

The foray into Australia now represents yet another step of the Indian hotel major into another part of the world, reflecting the Tata Group’s strategic intent of becoming a global force.


Raymond Bickson, Managing Director & CEO, The Indian Hotels Company Limited, said, “We are delighted to make our debut in Australia with this wonderful hotel located in the up-market business district of Sydney.”

Situated at The Wharf at Woolloomooloo in Sydney, the hotel is a boutique hotel in the heart of a luxury marina, entertainment and apartment complex.

It is located within walking distance of the Central Business and Shopping Districts, the Sydney Opera House and is adjacent to the Royal Botanical Gardens, offering spectacular views of the same.

A Conde Nast Traveler 2005 ‘Gold List’ award winner, it is a unique blend of a boutique hotel with the facilities and reliability of a top-end business hotel.

Providing an upscale experience, the hotel offers 100 guest rooms with stylish interiors, popular restaurants, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, Spa services and a full-service Business Center.

The hotel’s Water Bar has been named “Bar of the Year” by the Sydney Morning Herald and “One of the Top 10 Bars in the World” by Conde Nast Traveler, an international magazine.

Established in 1903, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is one of Asia’s largest and finest group of hotels, comprising 56 hotels in 39 locations across India with an additional 17 international hotels in the Maldives, Mauritius, Malaysia, Seychelles, UK, USA, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East.

From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Rajput palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury.

The Taj, a symbol of Indian hospitality, has recently completed the centenary of its landmark hotel, The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, Mumbai. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is part of the Tata Group, India’s premier business house.