Novotel Sydney Central

169-179 Thomas St, Haymarket 2000
(02) 9281 6888 or


Citigate Central Sydney has rebranded to Novotel Sydney Central and is undergoing a major refurbishment, while the suburb of Haymarket is in the midst of a progressive urbal renewal program. The hotel is in the heart of the action: Frank Gehry’s landmark University of Technology business building is taking shape across from the hotel’s Thomas Street address, and Sydney’s answer to New York’s Highline is starting development shortly.

Coined the Goods Line and operated by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, a 500-metre stretch of disused railway track will link Ultimo and Haymarket to Darling Harbour and the public space will be replete with greenery, bicycle tracks and seating areas. Access to Sydney CBD will be simplified.

“The rebrand from Citigate to Novotel comes at a great time for the hotel and the regeneration of Haymarket will help to bring with it even greater opportunities,” says Danesh Bamji, General Manager for Novotel Sydney Central.

“For a long time Haymarket has been seen as a transient suburb and often overshadowed by Darling Harbour and Chinatown. However, with the public works that are currently underway, Haymarket is going to become one of the city’s most exciting precincts, surrounded by cutting edge architecture, exciting new restaurant and retail areas.

“The Novotel boasts its own heritage listed building, the Field House, which we use as our restaurant, and it gives the hotel genuine character that we will respect during the refurbishment of the hotel’s rooms and public areas.”

The 255-room hotel’s Field House Restaurant, named after Thomas and Herbert Field, two brothers who emigrated to Australia in 1885 and set up an Outdoor Relief and Stores Department which gave assistance to needy citizens of Sydney during the Great Depression, has been restored. The hotel is one of only a handful of hotels to achieve a One Glass Rating for its wine list in the Australian Wine List of the Year Awards and the only 4-star property to be recognised for this in Australia.

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