In a recent opinion piece in Travel Weekly on the importance and power of history for tourism marketing, Klaus Kinateder, General Manager of Sydney's and St Giles' newest hotel, The Tank Stream, shares the fascinating story behind the property's name and how it links directly with Sydney's history.
Here are some excerpts from the article:
In fact the Tank Stream is the very reason for Sydney’s location, as Captain Arthur Phillip decided to build the new town here because of the presence of this fresh water source. It was the very same reason why Aboriginal inhabitants had camped near the creek for thousands of years before Europeans arrived. The stream started up in swamplands around what is now Hyde Park, gathering pace over waterfalls in today’s Bridge Street before making its way to the Harbour. Eventually ‘tanks’ were created out of sandstone to capture the fresh water and fight off drought, giving the stream its distinctive name."
Twice annually – usually April and October – Sydney Living Museums opens up a ballot for people to actually go underground and retrace a portion of the Tank Stream as it is today (effectively a large stormwater drain), though if you want an opportunity to see and hear the Tank Stream in more comfortable surrounds you can go to the underground bar area of the GPO building in Martin Place, where they have preserved the original exposed pipes. Even better, you can enjoy a drink while doing so!
Interestingly, both our building and the adjacent Australia Square were considered signature developments during the 60s, reflecting an international style’ of architecture. Our building is clad in distinctive Wombeyan marble, which has been retained, while four new storeys were added to allow for 280 much-needed 4.5 star standard rooms to be added to Sydney’s hotel inventory.
Heritage consultants were used extensively in the redevelopment of the hotel, and we will be looking to launch a combined Tank Stream Walk and Stay package shortly with GoLocal Tours to give both leisure and business visitors the opportunity to gain a brief but fascinating insight into Sydney’s colonial past.
As Sydney’s newest international hotel – the Tank Stream is the first St Giles hotel to open in Australia – we wanted to be as innovative as possible and that comes through our ‘all inclusive’ room offer. So, included in the room rate is free high-speed wifi, free in-house movies, free non-alcoholic mini bar and Nespresso coffee. The combination has proved very popular, and helped establish ourselves as Sydney’s best-value CBD hotel.
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