Accor celebrates its 400th anniversary in Australia and the Pacific with the launch of Sydney’s landmark, The Porter House


Just three decades after entering the Australia/Pacific hotel market, Accor added its 400th hotel, with the launch of the heritage-listed Porter House Hotel in Sydney.

The area’s first Accor hotel – the Novotel Sydney Darling Harbor (1991) – was a catalyst for the redevelopment of Darling Harbor into Sydney’s premier tourist, entertainment and events district, and the transformation of the iconic building Porter House into a luxury hotel is set to energize the revival of Sydney’s CBD.

The Porter House Hotel is part of Accor’s MGallery Hotel Collection, a group of distinctive boutique hotels, each with a unique story to tell.

The hotel was created from a building commissioned in 1876 by Hugh Dixson, Australia’s leading tobacco manufacturer and a renowned philanthropist and horticulturist. After beginning life as a Dixson & Sons tobacco factory and warehouse, it has become a retail showcase for handcrafted furniture from WW Campbell & Co and famed leather merchant George Johnson & Sons.

Located on Castlereagh Street, the luxury hotel offers 122 rooms and suites, which occupy the first 10 floors of a 36-storey mixed-use tower. A residential component comprising 131 apartments, with private entrance via Bathurst Street, sits above the new MGallery hotel, while a multi-level dining and bar destination has been created in the restored heritage-listed 1870s building himself.

Guests have access to all of the hotel’s restaurants and leisure facilities, including a fitness center and heated swimming pool, via the Porter House Hotel’s exclusive Digit Valet, a unique talking iPad concierge. kind in Australia.

An elegant urban sanctuary in every way, Porter House Hotel – MGallery was designed by award-winning architect Angelo Candelapas of Candelapas Associates, who seamlessly connected the historic Porter House building to the state-of-the-art tower built around the original building. The newly built hotel pays homage to the heritage of The Porter House and Sydney’s bustling Victorian commercial era with a modern take on vintage designs such as contemporary curved windows that reference the building’s signature brick archways. origin.

The opening of the Porter House hotel is part of a large-scale expansion of the Accor group in the Pacific region, with 11 new hotels scheduled to open before the end of 2023. They include the launch of the 25hours brand in Australia, the new airport hotels at Melbourne Airport and Auckland Airport, and another heritage restoration in Sydney, the Morris Hotel, which is being created from the former West End Hotel built in 1929 in Pitt Street.

Announcing the hotel’s 400th anniversary, Accor Pacific CEO Sarah Derry said it was fitting to celebrate such a significant event as the hospitality industry accelerates towards full post-pandemic recovery.

“Sydney is experiencing its fastest growth since March 2020, with a recovery in corporate, conference and events activity, and continued strength in the domestic leisure market,” Ms Derry said. “We are seeing similar revivals in other key Pacific cities, complementing the success of regional holiday destinations in Australia and New Zealand. Our expansion program includes a full range of hotel styles – from luxury to economy – in downtown areas, airport areas, regional centers and suburban growth areas. Accor introduces both new brands and a new approach to hotel operations in Australia, then New Zealand and the Pacific”

“Reaching 400 hotels in just over three decades is a remarkable achievement and underlines Accor’s success with strategic partnerships and acquisitions. The addition of the Mirvac and Mantra groups to the Accor portfolio over the past decade has almost doubled the network, giving Accor a special place in the serviced apartment sector, which is very popular in the domestic market. A key ingredient in Accor’s growth in the region has been our relationship with multi-hotel owners. By being able to offer brands suitable for a wide range of different property styles and locations, we have been able to attract owners with established properties wishing to take advantage of our rapidly growing market presence and approach. pioneer in sales, marketing and distribution. Although there is still some way to go before international travel returns to pre-pandemic levels, the surge in international flight schedules and growing confidence in long-haul travel bode well for the future. revival of the region’s hospitality industry for the remainder of 2022 and 2023.”

From luxury to economy, Accor has 19 international brands in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and French Polynesia, including SO/, Sofitel, MGallery, Art Series, Pullman, Swissôtel, Mövenpick, Grand Mercure, Peppers, The Sebel, Mantra, Novotel, Mercure, Mondrian, Tribe, BreakFree, ibis, ibis Styles and ibis budget.


Accor is a leading global hotel group comprised of 5,300 properties and 10,000 food and beverage locations in 110 countries. The group has one of the most diverse and integrated hotel ecosystems in the industry, comprising more than 40 brands of luxury, premium, midscale and budget hotels, entertainment and nightlife venues, restaurants and bars, branded private residences, shared accommodation properties, concierge services, co-working spaces and more. Accor’s unrivaled position in lifestyle hospitality – one of the industry’s fastest growing categories – is led by Ennismore, a joint venture, in which Accor holds a majority stake. Ennismore is a creative hospitality company with a global collective of entrepreneurial, founder-driven brands with purpose at their heart. Accor has an unrivaled portfolio of distinctive brands and more than 230,000 employees worldwide. Members benefit from the company’s comprehensive loyalty program – ALL – Accor Live Limitless – a daily life companion that provides access to a wide variety of rewards, services and experiences. Through its global sustainability commitments (such as achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, global elimination of single-use plastics in its hotel guest experience, etc.), Accor Solidarity, RiiSE and ALL Heartist Fund initiatives, the Group focuses on driving positive action projects through business ethics, responsible tourism, environmental sustainability, community engagement, diversity and inclusiveness. Founded in 1967, Accor SA is headquartered in France and is listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and on the OTC market (Ticker: ACCYY) in the United States. For more information, visit,

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