The Best Hotels in Surry Hills, Sydney

The Old Clare Hotel is one of the top places to stay in Sydney's coolest neighbourhood
The Old Clare Hotel is one of the top places to stay in Sydney's coolest neighbourhood | Courtesy of the Old Clare Hotel / Expedia
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29 April 2021

Surry Hills has cemented its reputation as the coolest neighbourhood in the most populous city in Australia. This inner-Sydney suburb promises ample dining, drinking, shopping and people-watching opportunities – here are the top places to stay in Surry Hills, all bookable on Culture Trip.

Hotel Harry, Ascend Hotel Collection

Chain Hotel
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A wildly eclectic hotel above a much-loved pub, Hotel Harry has just 20 suites, a speakeasy style and masses of character. The rooms have solid oak furnishings, antique paintings and artisan mini bars – but the real draw is the pub. There are live bands and DJs most weekends, an affordable nightly special dish and an outstanding selection of tacos. If you’re after an early night, you might want to look elsewhere.
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Vibe Hotel Sydney

Chain Hotel
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This chic property, in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, is a dream for exploring the city beyond. Hyde Park, Surry Hills and ChinaTown are all close by while there’s a choice of train stations to whisk you further afield. Back at the hotel, there’s a gym, swimming pool and restaurant, with 198 smart rooms decked out in slate grey, brass and splashes of mustard.
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Paramount House Hotel

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This ultra-hip hotel, in the former headquarters of Paramount Picture Studios, has 29 rooms that ooze urban style with exposed pipes, bare stone walls, Japanese wooden soaking tubs and a minibar stuffed with local wines, cheeses and sweets. When it’s time to venture out, the hotel shares the building with several independently operated businesses including the Paramount Coffee Project, a rooftop gym, Poly restaurant, and the Golden Age Cinema, screening classics and cult films.

Manor Boutique Hotel Sydney

Budget Hotel
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If anonymous modern chain hotels make you shudder, this historic Darlinghurst hotel will charm you. The 19th century mansion has 19 individually decorated guest rooms. All feature antique furniture, ornate ceilings, and lavish touches like chandeliers or swagged curtains. A continental breakfast buffet is provided each day and there’s countless bars and restaurants on the doorstep for other meals.
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Sydney Crecy Hotel

Independent Hotel
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There’s no need to break the bank to stay in this popular area of Sydney close to the shops and restaurants in Darlinghurst and the green spaces of Hyde Park. The Sydney Crecy Hotel is a stylish but affordable option with air-conditioned rooms, which all have tea and coffee facilities, and a DVD player. There’s no elevator but the hotel more than compensates with a delightful roof terrace offering sweeping views over the harbour and city.

Little Albion Guest House

Boutique Hotel
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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 they return for the extra touches, such as the rooftop terrace, the 24-hour honesty bar, and the home-away-from-home experience.

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Independent Hotel
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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 cafes. 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.

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The Ultimo

Boutique Hotel
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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 based on your star sign, and there’s even an in-house astrologer to guide you through your stay.
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  • Rydges Sydney Central

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    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.

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    Veriu Central

    Chain Hotel
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    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.

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    The Old Clare Hotel

    Independent Hotel, Boutique Hotel
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    Though not strictly in Surry Hills (it’s just a short walk away in Chippendale), the Old Clare Hotel wins hearts for its stylish vintage designer touches. Rooms 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.

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    ADGE Apartments

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    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.

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    Molly Codyre and Siobhan Grogan contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on April 29, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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