Curvaceous and looped – and with a hole piercing right through the middle – the striking Koichi Takada-designed Infinity building in Green Square may have caught your attention as you’ve driven by. Now, you can see what it’s like on the inside, too, with the opening of Skye Suites Green Square. The luxury hotel launched during lockdown in April, but has only just started to pick up as coronavirus restrictions ease.
The 90-room Green Square hotel – in the heart of a new $575-million dining, residential and retail hub – is Skye Suites’ third in Sydney, with equally stylish establishments opening in Paramatta in 2017 and the CBD in 2018. The apartments (ranging from studios to three bedrooms) are double the size of your average hotel room. Located right on top of Green Square train station – one stop from Central Station and on the airport line – and kitted out with windows that actually open, balconies, coffee machines and kitchenettes, the modern rooms are ideal for business travellers or families.
“I don’t recall seeing many other hotels where the train station is directly connected under the hotel,” Crown Group (the parent company of Skye Suites) CEO Iwan Sunito tells Broadsheet. “I believe that it will become more popular with interstate and international travellers once restrictions ease. It’s perfect for those who want to be close to the airport with direct access to the city, while not feeling like they are staying on the airport tarmac.”
The dramatic shape of the Infinity building is put to good use on the rooftop pool deck. An infinity pool is positioned where two sides of the structure dip down to meet and create a fourth, al fresco level. One side of the pool deck looks across the surrounding neighbourhood, while the other looks out on the courtyard in the centre of the building. Plenty of greenery and bubble-shaped cabanas evoke Miami. A sauna and gym round out the five-star experience.
Though the city is a short train ride away, there’s plenty to explore in the burgeoning Green Square neighbourhood – and the building itself. Head downstairs for breakfast at Social Society, which serves pretty (and tasty dishes), including fried chicken with waffles, eggs benedict and baked eggs. You’re also in stumbling distance to several pan-Asian diners, as well as a Woolworths Metro. The beautiful Green Square Library is right next door. Plus, the hotel currently offers a package with nearby Archie Rose Distillery, which includes accommodation, parking, a midday checkout and tickets to a tour and tasting at the distillery (from $209).
Rooms at Skye Suites Green Square start at $169 per night for a studio apartment.