What makes the new 5-star William Inglis hotel in Sydney’s western suburbs unique is its proximity to Warwick Farm Racecourse.
The MGallery hotel, part of Sofitel’s collection of high-end properties, is located on the grounds of the horse track.
It’s a huge draw card for punters with the next closest major hotel near the track being in Sydney CBD, an hour drive away.
Even if you don’t stay, the Warwick Farm racecourse is a great place to visit.
The $140 million thoroughbred auction complex was bought by one of Australia’s most prestigious thoroughbred auctioneers William Inglis & Sons after they sold their Newmarket yard stables in Randwick early last year.
The Inglis family had held the Newmarket site — which saw some of the biggest names in racing were bought and sold there, including Black Caviar — for over 100 years, but found the property couldn’t keep up with their expansion.
Let’s take a look around the Warwick Farm new development, staring with the horse sales arena
There’s enough space to fit a thousand punters
The horses are paraded on the stage during sales.
There are separate entrances for the horses, bookable tables for groups and smaller, as well as drop-in tables for casual visitors.
If you don’t want to be among the hustle and bustle of the sales floor, you can book one of nine private corporate hospitality boxes for VIPs
The corporate boxes open out onto the The 1867 Lounge bar, which has an extensive cocktail and whisky menu, as well as a menu of cheeses and petit fours
It was named after the year that William Inglis & Sons was founded.
The area is decked out in original paraphernalia from the Inglis’ house.
Signs, books and photos displaying the Inglis’ family heritage were all taken straight from their living room.
Family portraits and paintings of famous horses bought and sold through the Inglis family are hung throughout the hotel.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the swanky Newmarket Room restaurant, which is led by head chef Samuel Bull, previously from North Bondi Italian
As you walk through, you can catch a glimpse of the chefs working their culinary magic behind a large glass window
Breakfast is buffet-style. Lunch and dinner are a paddock-to-plate affair, where the signature dinner dish is local lamb two ways with pumpkin, heirloom carrots and mint jus.
Also featuring on the menu is beef carpaccio; duck breast with quinoa, apricot jam and fermented chilli; and a creamy, lemony goats cheese tart with organic honey and beetroot.
There’s a 2015 Nishwauk cab sav, a 2013 Yangarra grenache, and a bunch of Yalumba wines on the wine list.
If the weather is nice, grab a spot outside
These seats give a great view of the horses
There are lots of areas to choose from, like this Italian-style one, with a fountain
Or this one, which is more casual
Behind the seats is the parade area, where the horses are lead into the auction arena.
Cafe-style food and snacks are available at the Heroic Cafe in the lobby
The coffee is Will & Co.
Up on the 8th floor, the Chiltern Pool Deck & Bar has a cocktail bar, twenty-metre heated lap pool as well as spectacular 180 degree views over the 300 acres of racecourse.
There are some very comfy resort-style cabanas to sit at while you watch the excitement below
It could make for a beautiful wedding reception destination too
The old grand barn is used to house the horses but can be turned into a wedding reception room.
The hotel has two bridal suites in the day spa where bridal parties can get ready before the big ceremony. There are conference facilities available too.
If you’re staying overnight, there are 144 rooms and 24 suites, including a penthouse ‘Black Caviar’ presidential suite
This is a king superior room.
Rates start at about $200 per night midweek. Each room is named after a champion racehorse sold through the Inglis sales ring, and in each room there are two photos on the shelf above the TV — one of them is a photo of the horse, and one of them is an artist’s impression of the silks.
The cabinet next to the TV is where the minibar is kept.
This room is named the Rose Archway after a 10-year old mare which had five wins and retired from racing in 2003
There are all the mod cons you need. A king-size bed, table and 2 cushy chairs, a mini-bar, TV, wardrobe, shower and toilet.
Here’s the view from the Rose Archway room — right out over the stables
Half of the rooms look out over the track, while the other side have a view straight down into the stables.
The bathroom lighting is great and the retractable magnifying mirror on the wall is a nice touch
Toiletries are supplied by Arpelles.
There’s a small gym tucked away in a corner of the 8th floor that can be accessed 24 hours a day
It has cardio machines, pin weight machines and free weights.
As well as a day spa
It offers four luxurious treatment rooms and two special bridal suites, with a variety of massage and beauty treatments.
It takes about an hour’s drive to get there from the Sydney CBD. Unfortunately it’s not near any shops, so if you need supplies you’ll have to make your way to the closest shopping centre at Liverpool to find them.
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