Boutique hotels and accommodation for the ultimate stay in Sydney

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It’s time to start planning that interstate or weekend trip. We’ve rounded up our favorite places to sleep, relax, and use as a base in Sydney so you can go on vacation without having to stray too far.

The urban gourmet getaway
The Paramount House Hotel opened three years ago after a clever construction that combined the old Paramount Picture Studio office with an attached movie storage warehouse. And you can even tell from the outside that this boutique hotel is going to be a marvel – its copper-clad roof sparkles in the sun.

The hotel is located in a beautiful pocket of Surry Hills on Commonwealth Street, bordering the CBD, home to the best restaurants, bars and cafes. But you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your chic bedroom to feast on amazing food. The Sydney outpost of Melbourne’s iconic restaurant, Chin Chin, is just a stone’s throw away, and they have an exclusive menu for Paramount customers that you can elevate as room service.

Even better to eat surrounded by designer items. The hotel commissioned local artist Sonny Day, among others, to create artwork (check the elevator – you’re enveloped in its pink hibiscus and dive man), and decorated the beds with lush linens from the Australian maker I Love Linen. If you can splurge, grab a room with a wooden Japanese tub and balcony.

Guests can also make the most of other tenants in the building, including the Golden Age Cinema and Bar, the famous Paramount Coffee Project, and the upstairs Paramount Recreation Club gym.

The safari-type experience

There is nothing like the view from the floor-to-ceiling windows of your room at the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga Zoo; you might spot a koala, red kangaroo, or joey behind the curtains. The Port Eco-Retreat is owned and operated by the non-profit Taronga Conservation Society, and is as luxurious as it is eco-friendly and sustainable. Choose from one of the 62 rooms in its five lodges, all connected to the reception by walkways suspended above the sanctuary.

Some rooms have a view of the harbor, some allow guests to come face to face with the animals, and others are located in the treetops and overlook the wildlife refuge. Floor-to-ceiling windows run the length of the rooms, and some contain a wooden four-poster bed with curtains. Stay in a Treetop Suite for a bonus freestanding bathtub and comfortable seating area. But as well appointed as the rooms are, it is the animals that are the star of the show here.

There are guided tours throughout the day (including one at dawn) that take guests around the sanctuary to see the animals and learn about their life in the wild. Each stay is also accompanied by a free visit to the zoo, which is home to more than 4,000 animals of 350 different species.

Ideal for design enthusiasts
On the upper floors of this heritage listed Potts Point building that houses the Lotus 2.0 Bistro and Arida designer boutique, you will find three short stay self-catering apartments, III Rooms Sydney.

Three of Australia’s most stylish furniture houses – luxurious and seaside MCM House; environmentally conscious and stylish Jardan; and local and international crafts supplier Cult Design – have each been commissioned to organize an apartment that reflects their aesthetics, ethics and values.

The three-bedroom, two-bathroom Jardan apartment has more of an art deco aesthetic, while Cult’s three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment is punctuated with bright, dark artwork and rooms. . There are different features in all three, but all of them are stylish and will make you wish your own place was this stylish.

As an added bonus, these apartments are located in a large, bustling downtown suburb with plenty to do. You don’t even have to stray away from yourself – you have four exceptional restaurants right next door: the vegetarian Yellow bistro, the Japanese izakaya Cho Cho San, the Italian institution Fratelli Paradiso, and the chic Monopole wine bar.

For those who want a classic Sydney hotel
Throughout the 90+ years of hosting Jonah’s guests, her views have remained ever so dazzling. It is perched on top of a hill in Whale Beach 40 kilometers from the CBD and offers views up and down the north coast of the beaches. If you can get away from the view, its 11 rooms have exquisite Hamptons-style amenities that reflect the chic resort’s cool, seaside vibe, with beautiful wood floors, bronze lamps, textured wallpaper, Smithmade linen and wood lounges tables. For many visitors however, his restaurant was the draw. At the moment, it is headed by Executive Chef Peter Ridland.

For a getaway to the port
The Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel got a facelift two years ago as part of a multi-stage redevelopment, with 31 renovated rooms unveiled. Seasoned globetrotter and respected interior designer Sibella Court gave her thoughts on the accommodation, adding patterned rugs, textured cushions, weathered wood, crisp white linens and scientific designs of blue swimming crabs to her seaside aesthetics. The furniture has been sourced locally and internationally, and there is custom artwork by Australian artists Peter Bainbridge and Neil Mallard.

Watsons Bay is a charming suburb to explore, with loads of great boardwalks, secluded harbor beaches, and dramatic cliffs. It is also a good option if you want to have a long afternoon session; its on-site open-air pub has plenty of sunny places to spend hours. Arrive by ferry for a more nautical journey.

For those who like a personal touch
Crystalbrook Albion doesn’t feel like a hotel, thanks in large part to its warm, personalized service – expect friendly chats and to be greeted by your name throughout your stay.

Each of the 35 rooms at this Surry Hills guesthouse have different features and amenities – some have pink velvet armchairs and freestanding soaking tubs, while others have cozy reading nooks and rainfall showerheads. rain effect. They are all bound by a common aesthetic of dark-colored woods, marble surfaces, textured furniture, and brass fittings.

In the evening, the honor bar is where you can have a drink; in the morning, this is where you have breakfast. The name explains how it works: you take what you want, write it down on a piece of paper, and it’s charged to your credit card. Or order from Uber Eats, which the hotel uses in place of traditional room service. Your food will be transferred from the take-out containers to a wooden tray with cutlery and napkins before being delivered to your room.

Ideal for a stay at the beach
For a city teeming with beaches, there is a surprising lack of beachfront hotels in Sydney. And while QT Bondi doesn’t give you a view of the waves and golden sands of Australia’s most famous beach, its Campbell Parade position puts it at the heart of the suburb’s bustling cafes, restaurants and shops.

With cool white walls, blond wood floors, and candy-inspired pastels, the rooms are a nod to coastal living. QT’s quirky touches are a bit more subtle here than at its CBD hotel (another great stay option), but additions like coconut water and kombucha in the minibar and a beard trimming kit on it. make it fun.

For those who want to get to the heart of the matter
The Old Clare Hotel is one of Sydney’s original boutique hotels and, having added a stylish new wing two years ago, remains an attractive option. The hotel opened in 2015 and was at the center of the $ 2 billion South Sydney CBD urban renewal project, which saw the Carlton & United Breweries in Chippendale transformed into Central Park and its apartments, shops and restaurants. The hotel celebrates the history and heritage of its ancient rocky life.

The new wing features seven stunning art deco rooms bathed in light with windows overlooking Kensington Street and Broadway. Of course, its 62 original rooms are equally pretty, each with a mix of Mid-Century and vintage furnishings. You should have a drink at the adjoining rooftop pool bar or its downstairs pub, followed by dinner at a nearby restaurant or in Chinatown.

For an adventure in Palm Beach
The century-old Barrenjoey House guesthouse exudes the charm of Palm Beach. It is located opposite the wharf, so ideally placed for exploring spectacular Pittwater and its beautiful rocky nooks, or for a stroll to the lighthouse and the nearby beach. The upscale northern beach suburb is 40 kilometers from the city and it really feels like a far cry from the big bustling smoke.

The guesthouse has seven guest rooms and a restaurant, which have been recently renovated to align with the nautical theme of other The Boathouse Group locations (including The Boathouse Hotel Patonga, which is just across the street from Pitt Water) – think white painted wood, wicker furniture and touches of blue.

The bistro menu is the kind you would expect from a seaside restaurant, with plenty of seafood that has been more sophisticated than your local fish’n’chip. There is also a dedicated flatbread list, with classic flavor combinations and more complex deals.

This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Destination NSW. For more information, visit Stay up to date with the latest NSW Government health advice regarding COVID-19.

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