15th December 2016
Last night, on its official opening night in 1966, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth held the anticipated Soiree to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wentworth Hotel.
All year long Sofitel Sydney Wentworth has been celebrating the Wentworth Hotel’s history, and last night many lights were shining on this iconic building.
The exclusive spectacle hosted 300 guests in the historic Wentworth Ballroom including the hotel’s valued clients, its sponsors of the arts and cultural scene, past hotel General Manager, Accor’s senior management and the hotel’s longest serving employees.
Host of the night was Melissa Doyle who was guiding guests through an eventful night, sponsored by Veuve Clicquot.
As Art & Culture plays a significant role for the hotel, guests were surprised by guest performer Mark Vincent, who played Freddy in the 2016 sold out season of My Fair Lady, directed by Julie Andrews. He performed his hero song ‘On the street where you live’ to an anticipated crowd.
Speeches held by Simon McGrath, CEO of AccorHotels Pacific and Craig Reaume, General Manager of Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, were honouring the historic building and its original visionaries and architects, Qantas Airways for creating the largest brick building in the southern hemisphere, in a time where Sydney was in need of an international five star hotel.
It has been a celebration of its past guests and unique stories this hotel has to tell.
Craig Reaume was telling one of them in last night’s event. “Prince Charles and Princess Diana danced publicly in front of TV cameras in this exact spot, when Prince William was only 10-months old. He was upstairs in the Wentworth suite with the nanny as Diana didn’t want to be far away from him.”
Guests were able to enjoy the free exhibition that has been telling the story of the Wentworth Hotel in a 3-months display in the lobby.
Executive Chef Boris Cuzon and his team designed a gourmet menu for the occasion to remember the culinary highlights of the last five decades. A live oyster chucking buffet was in particular demand throughout the night and canapés were served including ‘pig in a blanket’ and devils on horseback.
The talking point of the event however was the magnificent 1.3m tall anniversary cake by Hello Naomi framed by a 1.4m drop down chandelier ‘The Duchess’, gold gilded and dressed in 30% lead crystal.
The cutting of the cake by its longest standing employees Rosa Tucker and Claude Stein ended the official part of the elaborative celebration, but guests enjoyed the celebrations until late.
May the next 50 years be even more memorable.