Surry Hills has cemented its reputation as the coolest neighbourhood in Australia’s capital. This inner-Sydney suburb promises ample dining, drinking, shopping and people-watching opportunities – and here are the top places to stay while you’re there.
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 they 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 that’s one of 57Hotel’s main draws: 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 while en route, you should wander along Crown Street 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.
With rooms ranging in size from single to triple, the Ultimo fits the bill for solo travellers and groups alike. They are characterised by monochromatic decor and exposed brick walls, and they come with all the facilities needed for a hassle-free stay without overcomplicating things. These include tea and coffee facilities, mini bars and private en-suite bathrooms. Astrology fans will be right at home here too; the hotel curates experiences for you based on your star sign, and there’s even an in-house astrologer on hand to help guide you through your stay in Surry Hills.
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 the many boutiques in Surry Hills.
Veriu Central on Wentworth Avenue 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, and if you need a bit more space to hang out, you can just head to the hotel’s stylish bar area.
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 allow 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.