Boutique shopping, bars, and restaurants are what to expect when you stay in the heart of buzzing Surry Hills. Just behind the hotel is Crown Street, Sydney’s premier strip for both high-end and vintage fashion, interspersed with gastropubs and dining spots. The Central Business District and Circular Quay are within walking distance; Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House are just under two miles (3 km) away.
Polished concrete floors and an oversized psychedelic mural in the lobby tell you-you’re not in for a generically styled chain hotel. The rooms are immaculate and dressed in light, understated tones of cream; this is most likely to offset the Keith Haring-inspired carpet which is black with multi-colored neon stripes. Service is excellent from the young and hip staff, who are clad in overalls by way of uniforms.
Welcome drinks and snacks are a nice touch and there is a personal shopper available to stock your apartment with everything you need before you arrive; simply email a shopping list ahead of time. ‘Ziggy’ room service is an in-house hair styling service; very niche, very Surry Hills. These open-plan, self-contained apartments come with fully equipped laundries and kitchens. The design highlights include a lime green Smeg fridge (and the aforementioned carpet… wowsers). The remaining style notes are (thankfully) subdued; that carpet has enough going on to warrant a monochrome color scheme everywhere else. The beds are comfortable and the bathrooms are squeaky clean with a combined shower and tub. All the rooms have balconies and the views from the higher floors stretch out across the city. Sunset drinks are non-negotiable.
Raita Noda is located in the lobby and is a Japanese restaurant that specializes in omakase (chef’s selection). Serving only eight guests at a time in a 10-course degustation, these bookings need to be made well in advance and are a unique experience.
Also just off the lobby is Baccomatto Osteria, a sophisticated dining spot serving wholesome, Italian fare. A buffet breakfast of a few pastries, some fruit and a small selection of hot food (unappealing scrambled eggs, bacon, roast tomatoes) is also served here, however, it would be surprising if the same chef was responsible for both breakfast and dinner, such as the divide in quality between the two.
The food did not appear particularly fresh nor was there much of a selection. In an area known for its food and drink offerings, it would be advisable to enjoy breakfast elsewhere.
Guests can send a shopping list ahead of time and find groceries waiting for them in their apartments. Babysitting can also be arranged.