Ritz-Carlton hotel in Pyrmont in jeopardy unless plans are changed

Ritz Carlton may yet walk away from a planned hotel at The Star Group’s billion dollar development at Pyrmont unless changes are made to the plans.

The Daily Telegraph reports that under the current plans the Ritz Carlton would be limited to just 64 rooms in a 60m tower closest to the harbour.

However, the luxury hotel chain states it needs more rooms and would not accept being in another tower further away from the prime harbour site.

“In a stand-alone hotel scenario, we would be seeking to achieve our target of 250 hotel rooms and we estimate that a building height in the vicinity of 100m plus would be necessary,” the hotel chain told The Star.

“The near-­harbourfront location on ­Pirrama Road is the only site we would be interested in pursuing … we believe this location is central to the hotel’s prospects of success as Sydney’s pre-eminent luxury hotel offering.”

It marks yet another headache for The Star which had its original proposal for a 237m tower knocked back in a controversial decision.

NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes is set to receive the final Place Strategy for Pyrmont before making a decision.