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Thursday 8 March 2018

The William Inglis Hotel: REVIEW

The William Inglis Hotel has arrived and she is an absolute beauty!

And as a bona fide city-working slash western-suburbs-dwelling gal, this new destination hub in hospitality ticks all the boxes for Josie's Juice. One, it's out west, in fact 30km from the Sydney CBD, and just 25 minutes from Sydney International Airport. It celebrates racing history and the thoroughbred industry, and is a unique equine themed boutique (but not small!) hotel offering the best in luxurious style and warm hospitality.

It's in the heart of Warwick Farm Racecourse, at 155 Governor Macquarie Drive, Warwick Farm, and the boutique 5 star hotel is named in full as The William Inglis Hotel, MGallery by Sofitel.

Josie's Juice was lucky to be one of 100 VIP invited guests to attend its much anticipated launch event last month (the event took place on January 31),  where media was treated to an absolute luxe 5 start experience - think the pinnacle of luxury with its truly world-class accommodation, warm hospitality, plentiful leisure facilities, and sweeping views of the Warwick Farm racecourse and Liverpool’s riverscape and you have hit jackpot with a  gorgeous venue to stay, play, and eat. (Insider tip: head straight to the rooftop bar for drinks with a view like you've not seen before!)

Developed by thoroughbred horse sales company William Inglis & Son Ltd, the hotel is part of a $140m precinct called Riverside Stables and is the first MGallery by Sofitel to open in Western Sydney.

Here is a video compile of this incredibly gorgeous precinct:

More about the launch event:

Guests were driven by executive transfers to the hotel in the early afternoon of Wednesday January 31, and led on a private tour of the expansive grounds. As dusk fell they ascended to The Chiltern Pool Deck & Bar, where its cabanas and sun loungers overlook 300 acres of greenery, for cocktails, Champagne and canapés – including beef carpaccio, duck breast with quinoa, apricot jam and fermented chilli, and lemony goats cheese with organic honey and beetroot.

Following the last light of sunset and a welcome speech from Inglis MD Mark Webster, guests were led down the eight levels to the beautiful Big Barn nestled amongst the Riverside Stables garden for a rustic, long-table dinner. Within the barns quintessential rural ambience, horse stables and 150-year- old design, guests were served a signature paddock-to-plate menu of local lamb two-ways with pumpkin, heirloom carrots and mint jus, and grilled Atlantic salmon.

After the main course, the evening was concluded in the elegant, old-fashioned whiskey bar 1867 Lounge for local cheeses, petits fours and a tasting of rare whiskies and boutique wines. Those fireplace features were a fantastic feature and kept the room so warm and cosy, it's the perfect spot to kick back and drink red wine all night, really. By the way, 1867 is the year William Inglis and Son was founded.

Guests were then able to end their night in one of the hotel’s 144 luxury rooms, each with its own unique theme and link to a champion racehorse to celebrate Inglis’ racing and thoroughbred history, where they could relax before bed in their personalised bathrobe.

The detail in these rooms was utterly charming and impeccable - think subtle horse motifs and a palette of greys and blues. The bed was one of the most comfy hotel beds we have EVER slept in. As a side note, I am not a hugely horse-y person, though I do love Gigis, but gosh I loved how cohesive and classy the whole theme looked in each room, and throughout. I am calling it early in this review, but I'd stay there in a heartbeat again and again.

The next morning a robust breakfast of local, seasonal ingredients was served up in all-day dining restaurant The Newmarket Room before guests left the rural oasis and returned to the bustle of Sydney. Or just up the road for us!

The breakfast bar set up was so beautiful, so many stylish finishing touches, so neat and clean and such care in every detail (clean and neat in hotels are so important, I think, don't you? I am obsessed with tidy and pristine accomodation, irrespective of how big and lavish the room is).

Here are some more launch highlights, the first shots on the terrace / rooftop at the Chiltern Pool:

And here, the glorious The Big Barn where our media dinner took place. Can you just imagine this for weddings? Especially for people who LOVE horsies (and even if they don't).

It's nestled amongst the Riverside Stables garden, and is rustic meets modern, and modeled from the original Newmarket Barn designed over 150 years ago. It has additional access to the Garden Pavilion, Rose Pavilion and surrounding gardens, allowing for supreme versatility for events. It's fully air-conditioned with access to the latest AV equipment, including television screens, speakers and Wi-fi access plus its own toilets and is wheelchair accessible. And... the best bit... guests can simply check in for the night a few steps away! LOVE.

Guests enjoying launch night dinner inside The Big Barn:

Oh yes, that bar! The 1867 bar:

The beauty of this whole precinct is that you can pick and choose which part of the destination hub you'd like today. Is it the Newmarket Restaurant you're popping in to for brekkie or brunch, or a group dinner? Are you wanting a massage or relax? Or drinks with the girls with a view with a difference? It's really all here (we also like the ample parking right outside, on the same level as the hotel, so you can easily grab your luggage or get someone from the hotel help you - they are so darn friendly here!)

Says the blurb on Newmarket Restaurant (which Josie's Juice was told was booked out for dinner, and for their delicious breakfast within mere days of opening):

Dining at Newmarket Restaurant has a dining philosophy centred on paddock to plate produce; creating a unique, modern menu designed with the comfort of rural soul, a true culinary experience. Newmarket Room is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Located on the ground floor, Newmarket Room is inspired by the original Newmarket Complex that Inglis operated out of in Randwick for over 100 years; a stunning indoor and alfresco setting overlooking the beautiful gardens of Riverside Stables.

Click on this link for the menu.

At the hotel you will also find Heroic Café, open daily from 7am – 3pm.

The Heroic Café is located on the ground floor of the hotel provides guests with high-quality coffee and café style food. You can chill in the lounge area or grab and go with their express coffee and pre-order options. Josie's Juice thinks it's also a great pitstop between the city and 'burbs route, and vice versa.

When Josie's Juice first arrived, we were shown the huge precinct called the 'Sales Arena'. 

This mezzanine level is where the horse viewing rooms are located. These are used as conference or meeting rooms (read more on that below) but during the horse auction they are places where VIPs and buyers can watch the horses on parade. We were told that every horse walks around the stage for one and a half minutes, and so far, they've sold horses ranging from a price tag of from $1000 to a whopping $2.2 million!

The huge space shows how its the ideal space for any corporate, conference or gala style event, a versatile space catering up to 1000 people with a variety of seating options that can cater to theatre, classroom and banquet options. Featuring the latest in audio visual equipment, technology and access to screens and high-speed internet, the Sales Arena has a built in stage and podium which is optimal for presentations. Ideal for AGMs, seminars, conferences or gala events, it's complemented by nine breakout spaces catering from 5 – 30 people and overlooks the Arena venue.

There is also the Garden Pavillion, a stunning, intimate and elegant space for an important event such as a wedding or party or corporate do, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the gorgeous gardens and access to the Rose Pavillion, where guests can enjoy a unique  alfresco experience.

Located on Level 1 of The William Inglis Hotel, the Grand Armee Meeting room is an ideal space for a smaller meeting or conference. It is equipped with the latest AV technology, Wi-Fi and is air-conditioned. The meeting room can seat 50 in cabaret style or 90 in theatre style. There is also access to The Gallery which features 9 private suites that can be used as break away areas, catering from 5 – 30 pax and overlooking the Arena venue.

More info on their event spaces here: https://www.williaminglis.com.au/conference-and-events/

If you feel you want to experience a spa treatment during your stay, The William Inglis Hotel has that too! The spa, fitness centre and outdoor swimming pool combines up to date technology and techniques, fabulous facilities, premium products and qualified, caring professionals, it can be transformative journey of the senses.

The spa offers a variety of massage and beauty treatments and includes four treatment rooms and a stunning separate bridal suite for that special treatment on your special day. Clever for bridal party stay overs at the hotel. Gift vouchers are available from only $50.

Josie's Juice is keen to trial this next time we visit! Bonus: driving only 15 minutes to a premium spa experience! We are so in.

To keep updated on all things on The William Inglis Hotel, follow them on Instagram HERE

And on Facebook HERE.

Contact them on the details below:

Phone: 612 8324 3460
Email: HB042@accor.com

Josie's Juice highly recommends The William Inglis Hotel, in fact, we can't fault it. It's our new fave hotel and getaway and corporate precinct, with all the extras. Go book it, eat there, enjoy a drink, plan a party there. Thank us later.

Here are the social pics from our stay at The William Inglis Hotel:

And finally a history of the Inglis Riverside Stable:

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