New Sydney hotel to offer guests a “home away from home” with co-living design

A new boutique hotel is set to open in Sydney at the start of 2020, offering a distinctive “home away from home” design.

Cititel X Sydney will be a 60-room boutique hotel located in Murray Street, Pyrmont, with the central business district, International Convention Centre, and the restaurant districts of Darling Harbour, King Street Wharf, Chinatown and Barangaroo all just a short walk away or easily accessible via light rail.

Featuring contemporary, space-saving design in the rooms, the emphasis of the new hotel is on creating a home-like ambience with the ground floor Guest Lounge and Pantry at the heart of the hotel.

The spacious area will offer comfortable seating, a garden terrace and a free guest ‘pantry’ including water, soft drinks, espresso coffee, and premium teas.

Snacks and refreshments will be included in the room rate at the Cititel X property, and available throughout the day in the Guest Lounge and Pantry, which will feature high-speed WiFi.

Taking the ‘at home’ principle one step further, Cititel X Sydney will provide cooking utensils and equipment so guests can prepare simple meals if they decide they want to dine in-house, taking advantage of supermarkets and food stores nearby.

The hotel will be the first Cititel X in Australia, joining a network of Cititel hotels in Malaysia.

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A room at Cititel X Sydney.
Klaus Kinateder, general manager of Cititel X, said the hotel had been purpose-designed to fill a vacuum in the Sydney accommodation market.

“Previous co-living projects have been developed out of former student accommodation and don’t offer the quality or facilities that international travellers – especially business travellers – are seeking,” he said.

“We’ve designed the hotel to meet the fastest-growing sector of the travel market. Cititel X is not about massive rooms or services that travellers don’t really want. What we are offering is a ‘home away from home’-style guest experience at great-value rates.

“Just as if you were to invite a friend to your home, there will be all the pantry items available so you can share a cup of coffee with them or enjoy a snack.

“And even better for solo travellers who don’t really want to go out every night to a restaurant or cafe, they can pick up some items for dinner at the many food stores around the area and enjoy a quiet night in while they watch a video on their computer, catch up on work or chill-out with other guests.

Kinateder said Cititel X will look at organising special extras like pizza nights that encourage guests to meet each other, share their stories and feel welcome in the city in the future.

“It will all be about connection, both through having co-living areas and the best high-speed WiFi,” he said.

“It’s not just about satisfying Millennials – it’s about meeting the demands of most travellers these days.

“There won’t be lengthy check-in and check-out processes because, effectively, once a guest arrives, just about every service in the hotel is included in their rate.

“And we will continue to evolve according to changing guest needs.”

Cititel X Sydney is being developed by prominent Malaysian developer Boon Lee Tan, who has a strong track-record in developing hotels in Asia and Australia, including the Tank Stream Hotel in Sydney.

Tan is the deputy CEO of IGB Corporation, which has been involved with some of Sydney’s most significant property projects, including the preservation and restoration of Queen Victoria Building, Galleries Victoria and the Strand Arcade.