Guests at the launch event for Sofitel’s William Inglis Hotel were treated to a moveable feast as they rotated through the five-star hotel’s hospitality venues. The 144-room establishment belongs to Sofitel’s MGallery collection of boutique hotels and is part of a $140 million precinct called Riverside Stables, developed by the thoroughbred horses sales giant, William Inglis & Son Ltd. Located in Sydney’s outer west at Warwick Farm, with sweeping views of the racecourse, the equine-themed hotel is part of a broader development that includes more than 800 horse stables, extensive parade space and a sales arena. The spacious, state-of-the-art complex was designed to replace the William Inglis Newmarket facility in Randwick, which had served as the company’s HQ and primary auction house for 112 years.
The launch party kicked off with Champagne and cocktails at the Chiltern pool deck and bar and a welcome speech from Inglis managing director Mark Webster. Guests then proceeded to the Big Barn, where they were seated at a rustic long table for the main course. The feasting concluded in the 1867 Lounge, with cheese, petit fours and a tasting of rare whiskies and boutique wines. The partygoers ended the night by retiring to the hotel’s rooms, each themed around a champion thoroughbred, to celebrate the Inglis family’s 150-year racing and thoroughbred history.
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