Surry Hills has cemented its reputation as Sydney’s coolest neighbourhood, and a stay in this inner-CBD suburb provides ample opportunity for the city’s best eating, drinking, shopping and people-watching.
With good food, even better style and just the right mix of the urban and the urbane, Surry Hills is one of inner Sydney’s best-loved neighbourhoods. Come here to give your wardrobe a boost, your credit card a workout or your taste buds a treat. Or, simply sit back and people-watch.
Little Albion Guest House
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Part of the Crystalwood Collection, a portfolio of luxury hotels where difference is celebrated, the pet-friendly Little Albion Guest House is easy to fall in love with. The hotel is set in a former convent, which means a dreamy combination of period features and contemporary finishes. Visitors come here for the location and on-trend bespoke interiors but return for the extra touches, such as the rooftop terrace, the 24-hour honesty bar and the home-away-from-home experience.
As all real estate agents know, location is king, and it’s a prime reason 57Hotel rates so well with guests: it’s less than a five-minute walk from Central Station. While the trains aren’t far, you’ll be unlikely to need them. It’s a short (hilly) stroll to the hub of Surry Hills, and you should wander along Crown Street en-route, with its many small cafés. Heading farther afield? Within 15 minutes, you’ll be in the centre of the CBD. Don’t forget to grab a free pastry on your way out to explore – they’re excellent.
Located in Paramount Pictures’ former headquarters, this dreamy boutique hotel is difficult to leave. Paramount Coffee Project serves up brews from the foyer (yes, room service is available), guests have free access to the rooftop Paramount Recreation Club and Golden Age Cinema acknowledges the building’s roots with movies in the studio’s original private screening room. Tired after all of that? Guests in the Loft and Mack Daddy rooms can relax in a handcrafted timber bath.
If you’re looking for a trusted brand in a great location, Rydges Sydney Central is a good bet. The wide range of rooms means there are options for everyone, from business types after an executive suite to families or groups of friends looking for a room with a balcony. The undercover parking isn’t cheap, but given the location it can be worth it. There’s also an indoor pool – the perfect place to relax after a hard day’s shopping at Surry Hills’ many boutiques.
Situated on Wentworth Avenue, the Veriu feels more like a CBD option than a hidden Surry Hills treasure. Don’t let this put you off, though. Its proximity to Central Station makes this hotel undeniably convenient (and surprisingly quiet). The rooms are on the small side, but the facilities are great – if you need a bit more space to hang out, just head to the hotel’s stylish bar area. Problem solved.
Though not strictly in Surry Hills (it’s just a short walk away in Chippendale), The Old Clare Hotel wins hearts for its vintage designer touches and stylish execution. Rooms here are all about exposed brick, wood panelling and pops of colour, while bathrooms come with walk-in showers or deep-soaking tubs – a welcome retreat after a day of sightseeing. Even the outside of the property is of interest: The Old Clare stretches across two iconic heritage-listed buildings.
With the nightlife of Oxford Street and Darlinghurst only five minutes down the road, these luxury apartments are the perfect distance from the action: close enough to access but quiet enough to have a good night’s sleep. You won’t find trendy industrial-style interiors or exciting on-site restaurants here, but it’s ideal for those who want the flexibility and convenience of an apartment. To make your stay extra special, book one of the penthouse lofts – the city views are well worth the price tag.