For travellers who seek the finest that the world has to offer

Australia’s first Capella hotel is now open

Occupying an entire city block just moments from Circular Quay, the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Capella Sydney welcomes guests to a benchmark destination of luxury accommodation, exceptional cuisine and unrivalled cultural immersion.

Capella Sydney is housed within the Department of Education building, originally designed in the 1900s by NSW government architect George McRae. Forming part of the city’s prestigious Sandstone Precinct, the building has been meticulously restored and reimagined by Pontiac Land.

Expect a feeling of grandeur as you step inside with soaring ceilings and a bespoke art installation within the central atrium.

The Department of Education Building
The Department of Education Building © Timothy Kaye

Refined interiors and amenities

A convenient inner-city haven for tourists and locals alike, the historic building boasts 192 guestrooms and suites. The light-filled, spacious rooms showcase walnuts, natural stones and deluxe textiles and feature standalone baths, custom Italian Frette linen and Haekels amenities. Most impressive is the signature 235-square-metre Capella Suite on the ninth floor. Its exquisite design, indulgent details and celebration of the history-steeped landmark make it a truly luxe experience.

Capella Sydney

World-class accommodation and dining

Partnering with The Bentley Group, the hotel restaurant will offer in-house guests and Sydneysiders a menu of modern brasserie fare. Produce will be sourced from small, independent farmers and growers to celebrate the best of Australian produce. Cooking methods will draw upon age-old techniques such as curing, smoking, fermenting, preserving and pickling with a charcoal grill becoming the theatrical centrepiece of the open kitchen.

The sophisticated ground-floor restaurant will be further elevated with Hildebrandt’s wine program. Showcasing new and interesting producers along with iconic Australian and European labels, the wine list will also tap into The Bentley Group’s aged cellar, offering rare and aged wines to be savoured in the luxurious surrounds.

McRae Bar is a modern rendition of a Victorian-era drinking den, named after the building’s original architect George Rae. Open as public hospitality spaces, the restaurants are filled with commissioned and collected artworks.

The ground floor has six meeting and event spaces, catering for 10 to 80 guests. Each space has high ceilings, an abundance of natural light and is fitted with the latest high-tech conferencing equipment.

The Brasserie 1930, McRae Bar and Aperture, Capella Sydney

Capella Sydney’s wellness floor

The world-class wellness space on the sixth floor is a sanctity of lavish natural stone and early 19th-century appointments. Home to a 20-metre heated indoor swimming pool, yoga platform and a high-tech fitness centre. There are also well-appointed change rooms complete with steam, sauna and experiential showers and Auriga Spa immersive treatment rooms for couples and individuals.

A signature space – The Living Room

In-house guests can indulge in the Living Room – a signature space in all Capella properties. Surrounded by art, intriguing artefacts uncovered during the restoration and a curated collection of tantalising tomes, the Living Room is the place of daily Capella Rituals. It’s also where guests are introduced to Capella Culturists. Part neighbourhood expert, part intuitive mind-reader, Capella Culturists are on-hand to assist guests in their stay.

From organising foraging for endemic foods with First Australians and organising tickets to sporting and theatre events to onboarding guests to a luxury liner for an unforgettable harbour cruise.

The Living Room
The Living Room