Auckland and Sydney arrivals for Accor’s business-oriented Pullman brand among 2023 Oceania openings

13 December, 2022

Accor has plans to add at least nine new properties to its portfolio across Australia and New Zealand in 2023 in another strong year of growth and investment in the Oceania market.

The new arrivals will include properties across a range of brands but will notably include two new properties under the group's business-oriented Pullman brand, due in Auckland and Sydney.

"We are introducing fresh concepts and exciting new properties for our loyal guests to discover in our great cities and in beautiful destinations around Australia and New Zealand," highlights Sarah Derry, Accor Pacific chief executive officer.

The two new Pullman properties - Pullman Sydney Penrith and Pullman Auckland Airport - are currently scheduled to open in 4Q2023. Pullman is the high-end international brand of the Accor group, mainly targeted at cosmopolitan travellers who have wide connections and enjoy combining work and pleasure.

The 153-room Pullman Sydney Penrith hotel forms part of Panthers Group's landmark transformation of the Penrith Panthers precinct to create a new state-of-the-art business and entertainment destination.

The hotel is adjoined to the new 1,250 square metre Western Sydney Conference Centre (WSCC) and will boast a range of onsite facilities, including a restaurant and bar with private dining rooms, along with a ground-floor café.

Meanwhile, the 313-room Te Arikinui Pullman will provide a spectacular gateway for guests arriving and departing Aotearoa New Zealand. Infused with uniquely Waikato-Tainui cultural elements, the hotel features a top floor restaurant and bar with spectacular views across the runway and out to the Manukau Heads, and a ground floor café.

Further new arrivals planned for 2023

Further new arrivals in Australia will be Hotel Morris, a renovation of Sydney CBD's historic 1929-built West End Hotel at 412 Pitt Street, reimagined as an 82-room boutique hotel and opening in Jan-2023; Manly Pacific - Mgallery, also opening in Jan-2023 the property will offer 213 rooms and nine suites with front-row seats to Manly Beach; and Mercure Hotel Cairns, also debuting in Jan-2023, the 75-room property will mark the brand's debut in the coastal holiday hotspot in tropical North Queensland.

Further new arrivals in New Zealand will be JO&JOE Auckland Fort Street, which is due to opening in 3Q2023) housed in a historic building in the heart of downtown Auckland and featuring 63 rooms; TRIBE Auckland Fort Street, a bold design, 60-room property also opening in 3Q2023; The Sebel Wellington Lower Hutt, a stylish apartment-style hotel featuring 60 fully serviced studios and one-bedroom apartments overlooking the Hutt River and opening in 2Q2023; and Hyde Queenstown, another 3Q2023 opening and bringing 63 guestrooms and an iconic presence on Shotover Street.

From luxury to economy, Accor has 18 international brands across Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and French Polynesia, including SO/, Sofitel, MGallery, Art Series, Pullman, Swissôtel, Mövenpick, Grand Mercure, Peppers, The Sebel, Mantra, Novotel, Mercure, Tribe, BreakFree, ibis, ibis Styles and ibis budget.

Highly anticipated property openings planned across the globe

Accor has revealed a wider short list of highly anticipated property opening for next year, ranging from city breaks to beach getaways, from eco-minded or budget-friendly hotels to ultra-luxurious hideaways.

Among the luxury and resort properties will be:

  • Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo Panama - opening in early 2023 and offering 159 rooms and suites directly built out into the water, with unobstructed and impressive views of the Pacific Ocean and Panama city skyline;
  • Fairmont Ramla Serviced Residences, Riyadh - an eco-conscious luxury destination opening in early 2023 with 249 residential units located near King Abdullah Financial District and Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center;
  • Raffles London at The OWO - located at the historic Old War Office in Whitehall, a monumental transformation now introduces 120 guestrooms and suites and 85 spectacular private residences due to open in mid-2023;
  • Raffles Boston Back Bay Hotel & Residences - the first Raffles hotel in North America will open its doors in mid-2023 located in the prestigious Back Bay neighbourhood in a distinctive 35-storey building housing 147 guestrooms and 146 residences, with pied-a-terre suites, one- to three-bedroom homes and magnificent penthouses.
  • Raffles at Galaxy Macau - mid-2023 also brings the opening of this luxury integrated resort featuring 450 suites;
  • Domaine De La Reine Margot - MGallery - to be found in the heart of the Jardin des Quiétudes, at the gates of Paris and a historic 17th century monument originally home to Queen Marguerite de Valois, the revived destination will blend old-world splendour with contemporary chic, opening in mid-2023.
  • Sofitel Shanghai North Bund - French art de vivre will shine brightly at this 25-storey landmark hotel, featuring 300 guest rooms and suites with views of the famous Shanghai skyline, opening in late 2023.
  • MontAzure Lakeside Phuket - MGallery - the first MGallery Residences in Thailand will overlook the turquoise waters and lush greenery of Phuket's Kamala Beach, the boutique style resort will feature 236 studios and one-bedroom residences surrounded by gardens, lakes, and cascading fountains, opening in late 2023.

In the lifestyle segment, the creative hospitality company Ennismore, which curates and manages unique properties and experiences, will open over 30 hotels and branded residences - continuing this year's trend of opening a new hotel on average every two weeks.

Among the new arrivals will be:

  • Maison Delano Paris - in early 2023 and located in the heart of the ultra-chic 8th Arrondissement, Maison Delano Paris is an oasis within the bustling city;
  • Mama Shelter Rennes - in early 2023 centrally located just a few steps from Place des Lices and the famous rue de la Soif, featuring 119 bedrooms as the city's first rooftop bar with sweeping views of medieval towers;
  • SO/ Uptown Dubai - in early 2023 located in the landmark Uptown Tower, an architectural marvel inspired by the shape and light reflections of a diamond and featuring 188 guestrooms and 229 private residences;
  • 21c Museum Hotel St. Louis - in early 2023 and the reinvention of a historic 10-storey Renaissance Revival landmark breathing new life into the century-old building with contemporary art filled spaces, and community-focused cultural programming;
  • Mondrian Singapore - in early 2023 located in the up-and-coming neighbourhood of Duxton Hill, a stone's throw from the city's Central Business District;
  • The Hoxton, Charlottenburg - in mid-2023 located in Charlottenburg in West Berlin featuring 234 rooms decked out in Art Nouveau-inspired forms, expressive design details and soft, muted tones.
  • Mondrian and Hyde Ibiza - in mid-2023 the brands debut in Ibiza located on the south-east side of the island, in the picturesque Cala Llonga Bay. Mondrian Ibiza will be home to 154 rooms, whilst Hyde Ibiza will have 409 rooms.

Overall, Accor will open hundreds of new hotels and resorts around the world in 2023, throughout its growing portfolio of 40+ brands. Other new arrivals include:

In Europe, greet hotel Paris Hippodrome De Vincennes (early 2023); ibis Styles Copenhagen Ørestad, Denmark (early 2023); Swissôtel Tbilisi, Georgia (mid 2023); Pullman Okol Resort Golf & Spa, Bulgaria (mid 2023); Adagio London Whitechapel (late 2023); and Swissôtel Resort Kolasin, Montenegro (late 2023).

In Asia, Pullman Singapore Hill Street (mid 2023); ibis Styles Bangkok Twin Towers (mid 2023); Novotel New Delhi City Centre (mid 2023); and Mercure Tokyo Haneda (late 2023); in the Americas, Novotel Mexico City Centro Historico (late 2023); in China, Mövenpick by Accor, Qingdao (late 2023); and Grand Mercure Living Chengdu & Grand Mercure Chengdu (late 2023); and in Africa, Pullman Nairobi Upper Hill (mid 2023).