Before the opening of The Westin Sydney on 1st September 1999, No.1 Martin Place had long established its footprints, dating back to the early 19th century when Australia Post opened its doors in the exact same location as one of Australia’s first corporations. From then on, all points in Sydney were measured in reference to this same building. To some, No.1 Martin Place is in fact No.1 Sydney.
The structure went on to operate as Sydney's General Post Office from 1874 until 1983. After that time, it sat empty until heritage architects were commissioned to carefully restore its splendour. The Westin Sydney is not only proud to operate on such a unique location; it has also acknowledged its responsibility to treasure this heritage by maintaining various aspects of the building’s original design. The Grand Staircase, the Heritage Long Suite, and the Heritage Boardroom all carry many of the features that accompanied their original design 170 years ago. Steeped in tradition, our Heritage Ballroom was once the site of the first public telephone exchange in Australia, installed in the GPO in 1882.
The unique combination of cultural heritage and the modern design of our Tower Rooms and Suites makes The Westin Sydney the perfect base for experiencing the enchanting past and vibrant present of Sydney.