A unique piece of Sydney's history - a rare example of the renowned inter-war palazzo style by architect Virgil Dante Cizzio - has been converted into a beautiful heritage hotel and bar.
Due to open soon, the striking Italian Renaissance-style building in Pitt Street near Central Station has found new life after a three-year restoration project.
The privately owned Hotel Morris will be operated by hospitality group Accor. It will have 82 art deco-style guest rooms and an intimate 40-seat art deco-inspired wine bar.
Constructed in 1929, the building was Australia's tallest hotel for 34 years. Over the decades it fell into disrepair and was last in use as a backpackers' hostel.
Over the past three years the interior was gutted, the building's facade carefully restored and unsympathetic changes reversed.
The prominent ghost signage on the side of the building has been revived and the windows on the Pitt Street facade replaced to match the original 1930s steel windows.
When guests walk through the steel-framed glass entry doors on Pitt Street they will find Bar Morris with its textured velvet and leather banquet and booth seating, marble bar and tabletops, and stone and wood flooring.
The day-to-night menu will focus on simple, seasonal produce with an Italian accent.
There will be five accommodation options, designed for anyone from solo travellers to those seeking a luxury stay.
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