Rydges Sydney Harbour to open early 2020 after takeover of Holiday Inn Old Sydney

Rydges has entered into a management agreement which will see the Holiday Inn Old Sydney re-branded as Rydges Sydney Harbour on January 14.

Plans are already underway for a refurbishment of the 176 guest room property, which will include a revitalisation of the hotel bars and restaurant.

The win for Rydges, which is part of the Australian-owned Event Hospitality & Entertainment Limited (EVENT), comes off the back of a strong run of new management agreements over the last 18 months.

“This property is a true icon of Sydney, featuring a spectacular atrium lobby, restaurant, bar and rooftop swimming pool,” said Norman Arundel, EVENT’s director of hotels and resorts.

“Our team is excited about the appointment and look forward to bringing Rydges’ signature style and genuine commitment to delivering great service and hospitality to the hotel and our guests in the New Year.

“Given the significance of the property as one of the most in-demand hotels in the country, the strong understanding of the local market we bring is particularly important. We are looking forward to an exciting new era for the hotel, harnessing the power and expertise of the Rydges brand to realise the full potential of the property and deliver unrivalled experiences for guests.”

An announcement regarding the general manager for the property will be made before the end of the year.