History of The Ultimo Hotel
About Our History
The Ultimo Hotel, located right in the heart of the Chinatown, stylishly embraces it as a historical legacy. The history takes it back to the 1890s when this location was originally occupied by a coachbuilder and later transformed into a blacksmith’s establishment.
The Federation style building, along with its neighbouring structures, was built in 1911 as part of the city markets complex. It was designed by the esteemed City Architect George McRae, renowned for creating iconic Sydney landmarks such as the Queen Victoria Building, Capitol Theatre, and Rozelle Tram Depot.
The building was originally leased to a quality porcelain company called Wing On & Co., which used it as a central hub for their operation known as “Eastern and General Merchants.” During that time, it imported a diverse range of goods, including nuts, tea, rice, fireworks, and ginger, and also operated as a warehouse for the profitable banana trade.
Today, The Ultimo Hotel offers polished and modern rooms with exposed brick walls, sleek white tiles, and contemporary furnishings. It is a blend of history, comfort, and exceptional hospitality.