Primus Hotel Sydney

by Monday, November 7, 2016

The gorgeous Primus Hotel Sydney is fast approaching it’s first birthday and to celebrate we spoke with the hotel’s chief concierge, David McLean, to find out just what the fuss is about when it comes to this Art Deco masterpiece…


David McLean

Primus Hotel Sydney has brought something new and exciting to Sydney. The history and stories behind the building and the incredible restoration and design of the hotel make it a hidden gem for the city.

What are your three favourite things about Primus Hotel Sydney?

  1. The soaring lobby and restored skylight.
  2. The urban oasis rooftop, pool and bar.
  3. The adjoining restaurant, The Wilmot.

What is an absolute must try at The Wilmot?

We have just launched a new menu and the ‘humpty doo barramundi and blue swimmer crab risotto with charred onion and cherry tomato’ is my absolute favourite.

That roof through… the roof top set up looks pretty amazing, why should we hang here through the summer?

The rooftop bar will be serving up Sydney’s best cocktails whilst you relax and put your feet up by the pool. A great place to meet friends and family either to celebrate a special occasion or just to catch up, or simply just chill by yourself and read a book. Our friendly staff will be providing table service so you can sit back, relax and unwind.


Location, location, location… Pitt St CBD location – you couldn’t get much better, right?

Definitely not! We are right in the heart of the CBD, minutes from Pitt St Mall, a 10-minute walk to Darling Harbour and only 25 minutes to Circular Quay by foot. We are also on the doorstep to Korean Town, Thai Town and China Town, not to mention Hyde Park. For those travelling from the airport by train, we have Town Hall and Museum Station only minutes away by foot.

For someone who has never been to Primus Hotel Sydney, describe the atmosphere and feeling of the hotel…

To me, it has the feeling of grandeur and elegance when you enter the lobby. When people walk into the hotel they are amazed and impressed by the scale of the space and the history that speaks to them.

Tell us a little about the history of this building…

Primus Hotel Sydney is one of Australia’s most exquisite examples of Art Deco architecture and interior design. The heritage-sensitive refit of the original building at 339 Pitt Street; formerly The Sydney Water Board headquarters.

On entering, guests are met with a commanding lobby and are immediately transported to an era of 1930’s glamour, with towering ceilings, white marble floor and rare eight-metre high red, scagliola columns.

Completed in 1939, the building won an architecture award in 1971. The building demonstrates the progression of the Art Deco style in the late 1930s. The hotel today still holds many of its original features such as the strong room, marble flooring, pillars, counters, skylight, brass window fittings, drinking fountains, tiling on the floors and walls in the guests corridors, decommissioned fire hoses, dumbwaiters lift outside the 27 series rooms, marble fire stairs and façade of the building.

The guest rooms, what do you love about them?

I love how they’ve kept the rooms in line with the art deco style and spaciousness of the rooms. The bathrooms are some of the biggest I’ve seen in a long time.

If you were planning a day for someone who has never been to Sydney, what would you recommend?

An early morning stroll through Hyde Park past St Mary’s Cathedral AND down to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair (good photo opportunity) then back through the Botanic Gardens to the Sydney Opera House then back up Macquarie St to Hyde Park then to the hotel. (1 hour).

Breakfast – The Wilmot’s breakfast is one of the best buffets in Sydney. A 20 minute Sydney Harbour Heli Flight with Sydney Heli Tours where the guest will enjoy panoramic views of Bondi Beach, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Manly Cove and Sydney’s spectacular skyline all surrounded by the tranquil waters of Sydney Harbour – guests will have the luxury of being picked up and dropped off at the hotel all inclusive!

Walk down to Darling Harbour to catch the Sydney Eco Hopper and take a cruise around Sydney Harbour before getting off at Taronga Zoo. Guests will dine for lunch in Taronga Zoo’s restaurant called The View, with the most amazing views looking out over Sydney Harbour and across to the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Guests will then join the Taronga’s Wild Australia Experience, the closest experience you can have with our Australian wildlife led by those who know them best – the zoo keepers.


  • Tours daily at 10:15am and 2pm
  • Small, personalised group fully escorted by a specialised zoo keeper
  • Photo opportunity with koalas in their enclosure
  • Visit a working “animal kitchen“ and see how the food is prepared
  • Venture behind-the-scenes in the Australian Nightlife house and enjoy encounters with nocturnal creatures
  • Meet hand-raised native animals
  • All-day zoo access including the Sky Safari cable car – discover why Taronga is known as “The Zoo with a View”
  • Morning or afternoon tea
  • A take-home souvenir

Upon departing Taronga Zoo, guests can catch the Eco Hopper using the same ticket to make their way back to Circular Quay. Guest will then make their way back to the hotel by foot stopping along the way for a bit of shopping visiting places such as The Strand Arcade, QVB and Pitt St Mall.

Return to the hotel to relax and freshen up before going to dinner at Bennelong Restaurant and going to see an opera at The Sydney Opera House.

Why do you love Sydney?

Being a Melbourne boy and moving to Sydney eight years ago, I fell in love with the place because of its beautiful harbour, waterways, beaches and warmer climate. But nothing beats the Sydney Habour Bridge for me, I could stare at it for hours.

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