The future is bright for Green Square, with SKYE Suites Green Square successfully cementing itself as the hub of this developing inner-city town centre.
Having launched in April 2020, it’s been a slow start for the hotel. Yet its convenient location, beside Green Square train station – which will get you to the airport in two stops or the city centre in one – has it primed for success once restrictions ease.
Standing tall, the 20-storey building’s curved exterior certainly makes a statement. The grandeur of its looped design, by internationally acclaimed Koichi Takada Architects, is enough to make you stop and stare.
The hotel boasts 90 luxurious suites, ranging from one- to three- bedrooms. The rest of the complex is taken up by residential apartments owned by Crown Group. While this factor makes for a slightly confusing layout, once you get it, you’ll feel like a local resident yourself.
Inside the hotel
SKYE Suites Green Square has been strategically designed to offer space in the areas that matter most. So don’t expect a grand lobby. Instead, guests are greeted at a small check-in desk on the second floor while the extra space is reserved for suites and facilities. Which, let’s be honest, is the way it should be.
Walking into my new apartment – I mean hotel room – the sense of space had me feeling at home in an instant. It almost felt wrong to stay only for a night.
I’m in the smallest studio suite which at 46 square metres is double the size of the average hotel room. The decor is elegant and timeless. It features a neutral palette and bespoke designer finishes that include pops of royal blue, brown and grey.
The room comes equipped with everything you need for a long term stay without feeling cramped. There’s a contemporary kitchenette, internal laundry, dining table, a Sleeping Duck bed and a lounge facing a smart TV. There’s also plenty of wardrobe space, a high-pressure shower and Kevin Murphy toiletries in the bathroom.
Not to mention, a significantly large balcony – bigger than any you would get in the CBD. Some Sydneysiders are even saying that studios are larger than their own apartments.
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The star attraction
Without a doubt, the most stunning feature of the hotel is the glamorous infinity pool and spa. The dramatic feature even looks like an exclamation mark for those viewing from above.
It’s a rather unusual route to get there. You have to go to the ground floor, cross the plaza and follow a discreet path to another lift. Once you find it, the setting is picture-perfect. The enticing blue water is surrounded by manicured gardens and white-domed cabanas. There’s also a state-of-the-art gym and sauna on this side of the hotel. The only thing missing is some recliner chairs to stretch out poolside.
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Atmosphere and dining
While it may not be in the heart of the city, there’s just enough atmosphere to make Green Square feel lively.
Set above a vibrant retail and dining plaza, guests at SKYE Suites Green Square have a supermarket and a diverse range of eateries on their doorstep.
The Italian Street Kitchen is a must, even if it’s just for drinks and nibbles. Offering casual dining, the restaurant is a social hub for catching up over cocktails and enjoying authentic Italian flavours.
The menu pays homage to traditional dishes across Italy while adding a contemporary twist on some of the classics. Expect house-made pasta, light wood-fired pizzas and mains with chicken, beef and fish. For an entree, be sure to try the hand-made beef meatballs and herb-infused Italian flatbread. This came recommended during my visit and its fluffy, cheesy goodness did not disappoint. Pair it with a classic Italian cocktail – there are several Negroni and Spritz options – or choose from a selection of regional wines and beers.
Then, discover the south-east Asian inspired Nam2. This small but thriving bar and restaurant is quickly becoming a local favourite. With art-deco interiors, live music on weekends and a menu that plays with your tastebuds; the ambience is hard to beat.
Our top picks include the XO scallop for entree, followed by Nam’s signature fried rice with spanner crab. We’re instructed to mix it together to accentuate the umami flavour then top it off with a splash of lemon juice and homemade chilli oil. My partner, who considers himself a fried-rice aficionado, even said it was one of the best he’s ever had. For a refreshing balance, try one of the flavoured margaritas – it’s the bartender’s specialty.
For breakfast, you can’t go past the fabulously pink Social Society. This Instagram-worthy cafe will satisfy your coffee cravings and might even tempt you with a Tim Tam Latte. The portions are generous and the menu shakes things up with dishes like The Millenial Bruschetta, including stuffed zucchini flower, turmeric hummus and charcoal toast. Or the Ricotta pancakes with strawberry chocolate ganache, red skin jam, and popping candy.
What’s to come
SKYE Suites Green Square forms part of the $575 million Crown Group development called Infinity in Sydney’s South. The project will see the former industrial area transform into a thriving precinct of apartments, dining and retail outlets. It will also include a new aquatic centre and public park called the Drying Green – a nod to the area’s textile past.
As the first new town centre designed in Sydney in 100 years, the redevelopment of Green Square is one of the most anticipated projects around the world. That is, according to the Property Council of Australia.
Coming soon to the SKYE Suites complex is also a world-class convention centre which will cater to more than 400 people. The Infinity Convention Centre will be the first purpose-built convention centre to open in the city after the ICC Sydney opened at Darling Harbour in December 2016.
With high-tech equipment, multiple spaces and close proximity to the airport, expect this to become the new go-to for events. It will cater to everything from large-scale conferences and business functions, to private parties and weddings.
In other words, you’re going to want to get yourself acquainted with SKYE Suites Green Square before all their rooms are full.
Drive & Dream package: includes accommodation, parking, breakfast for two, complimentary minibar and late checkout from $240.
Spirits in the SKYE: includes accommodation, parking, late checkout and a tour and tasting at Archie Rose Distillery, from $209.
Find out more: skyegreensquare.com.au
Eliza Velk was a guest of the SKYE Suites Green Square.