Stay local: Aiden Darling Harbor celebrates the best of Sydney

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BWH Hotels Group has introduced its Aiden boutique hotel concept in Sydney’s Darling Harbour, a hotel which the company says is “built for travelers by travellers”.

Sydneysider Nicolas Chen is the traveler behind this creation, while Pyrmont local Michael Sharp leads as general manager.

Spanning eight floors and 88 compact rooms, Aiden Darling Harbor is housed in a refurbished 1930s art deco building, with design, art, food and drink all influenced by the region.

Aiden Hall Darling Harbor and Wayfarer’s Bar and Cafe

Sydney Harbor’s textures and hues are celebrated in plush blue velvet headboards, fluted glass is inspired by the shapes of the Pyrmont Bridge opposite, and a sculptural 200-piece light in the lobby is reminiscent of sunlight mottled through the leaves of local plants. Eucalyptus trees.

Guest rooms at Hotel du Port feature locally made furnishings against a backdrop of hand-painted murals of native flora by artist-in-residence, Jessica Le Clerc.

Blue headboards are inspired by harbor colors

Guests can enjoy modern conveniences like free Wi-Fi and chromecasting, ready-to-fill fridges rather than minibars, digital room keys, and luxury items like Dyson hairdryers.

The ground floor lobby is home to Wayfarer’s Bar & Café, where you can enjoy croissants from Pyrmont’s PiOiK bakery, locally brewed Staves beer, Australian wine and custom bottled cocktails, mixed with local spirits . The hotel even has its own botanical scent which can be discovered in handmade candles by Pyrmont local Em Cook.

The boutique hotel spans eight floors

Aiden has also partnered with local providers to offer discounted activities, ranging from an exclusive local walking tour with Local Sauce to a private luxury sailing expedition with Sydney By Sail.

The property opens with 42 rooms, with the additional 46 to be fitted with soft furnishings for stays from April 2022.

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