The Establishment

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Uber cool urban enclave filled with swanky guest rooms, intimate bars, private club and designer dining
This place is serious inner sanctum. Only those in the know will find its discreet back lane entrance off Sydney’s bustling George Street in the heart of the city. The Hemmes family are a Sydney hotel institution and man about town, Justin Hemmes, is at the Establishment helm. He counts Nic, Baz and Russell as close friends, owns his own record label and has a penchant for Formula 1. Enough said.

The Establishment is intimate and funky for folks who like to brag about where they stay. The hotel is a redesign of a historical building, George Patterson House, and is a 9 storey combination of old façade and contemporary interiors. There are no harbour views as it’s pure inner city, but a 2 minute walk will have you dipping your toe in Sydney Harbour. Surrounded by Sydney’s premier urban tourist attractions - Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Centrepoint, the Rocks - there’s plenty to do by day, while the hotel's 4 bars, nightclub, sushi and fine dining restaurant will keep you entertained before you retire to your luxurious, cutting-edge bedroom for a sound night's sleep.


  • Touch screen telephones that allow you to control lighting, room service, world clocks and concierge with your finger tip
  • Deep baths with full view of the large screen TV
  • An entertainment system designed for the serious muzak lover
  • Sydney’s best restaurant and bar in the same complex
  • Service, service, service - staff members personally escort you where you need to go when looking lost


  • The office blocks around the hotel mean some windows look into workers at computer terminals (but strategically placed transparent blinds minimise this)
  • The entrance is so discreet that it can be hard to find; you may find yourself negotiating a heaving Establishment bar on George Street rather than the soothing back lane foyer
  • The décor in some of the rooms is a little dated
  • The rooms are single glazed and some overlook a busy street, meaning there can be some unwanted noise; though the hotel can provide ear plugs

Best time to go

Sydney is a year round city so anytime is a good time. New Year's Eve flaunts harbour fireworks and loads of activity on the water.

Our top tips

Don't miss cocktails in The Garden, downstairs. Make mine a Satan's Whisker!

Great for...

City Style
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 33
  • Restaurants and bars (open daily)
  • Over 16's welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
Room: Studio Room


Enter the foyer and take the elevator up to 31 guest rooms and 2 penthouse suites. Choose from a Studio Room, an Establishment Room (with added lounging area), a Loft Penthouse or a Duplex Penthouse. Rooms here are ‘schemed’ (not ‘themed’) and come in a choice of 2 colours.

The Urban Scheme Rooms (on the first 3 floors) are for those who like cutting edge and colourful. Ceilings are wooden warehouse style and high, floors are Japanese black wood and soft furnishings add blocks of colour such as deep red throw cushions or fuchsia pink pillows. It’s all very New York meets Tokyo in style and space.

The Luxe Scheme Rooms (levels 4 and 5) are more subtle and soothing in neutral tones; there’s carpet instead of wood floors and the ceilings are rendered and white. Pillows are coloured lime, beds are comfy and the overall effect is contemporary calm.

Bathrooms in both are marble or bluestone with double vanities, separate bath and shower, loads of glass and excellent lighting for makeup application, as well as floor to ceiling mirrors for any last minute dress adjustments.

Go for the Studio Penthouse or the Duplex Penthouse for more of the same, but on a grander level.

All rooms have premium pure cotton bed linen, a business desk and mini bar, as well as those high-tech touch-screen room controls on the telephone. You also get high speed internet access, a seriously impressive sound system with 'Hemmesphere' CD compilations, and seductive mints in the mini bar.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Cd player
  • Central heating
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Dvd player
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Internet access
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Toiletries
  • Tv


The George Street front of the building is home to all the wining and dining; at its very top sits the ultra exclusive cocktail bar, Hemmesphere. The Establishment excels in the food arena with restaurants frequented by Sydney lovers of gourmet cuisine. Breakfast is served in the open atrium Garden Bar with the usual early morning fare; but it’s the 2 restaurants upstairs that get the tastebuds salivating.

First is 'est', run by Sydney dining master, Peter Doyle, and boasts an impressive 3 chef-hats in the annual Sydney Morning Herald food guide. The décor is muted, with white linen and a blend of original heritage features and modern design. The menu simply excels with tartares of yellow fin tuna, tranche of duck foie gras, venison saddle, barramundi and cod - contemporary Australian with an impressive wine list to match.

Book for dinner at sushi e on the fourth floor and you can have a pre-prandial drink with the beautiful people in the exclusive Hemmesphere club (though your hotel room key will ensure entry regardless). Sushi e sits in the back of the club, discreetly tucked away behind a screen. It’s Japanese heaven, with a sunken centre sushi kitchen around which diners sit at a white marble bar. Let the chef do the choosing for you - unless you’re a control freak: then peruse the menu and take your pick from Balmain bugs (local crayfish) in avocado sushi rice, seafood ceviche, sesame snapper, fresh sashimi, tempura and teriyaki, all served up with a quirky twist. This is arguably the best sushi restaurant in Sydney.

In room dining is easily arranged.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee tea making
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu


  • Climb the Harbour Bridge at Millers Point, not far from the Hotel

  • Walk the Rocks heritage area of Sydney - where the white man first set up camp

  • Take a ferry from Circular Quay (2 minute walk from The Establishment) across the Harbour to Taronga Zoo

  • The iconic Opera House is very close by, as is the Museum of Contemporary Art

  • A 5 minute stroll through the nearby Botanical Gardens will bring you to the Domain area of Sydney and the Art Gallery of New South Wales

  • Although it's a ferry or bus ride to the beaches, you can swim at the recently modernised Boy Charlton pool just the other side of Mrs Macquarie's Chair, 10 minutes from the hotel; or cross the Harbour Bridge by train or bus to swim in the former Olympic and beautiful Art Deco North Sydney Pool, just next door to Luna Park

  • From Thursday to Saturday nights, the hotel's bars and cocktail lounges are extremely busy - it is THE place to be seen in Sydney

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets


Though children are welcome, the hotel is not particularly suitable for kids and so over 16s are preferred. There is one cot and one rollaway bed available, but these are only permitted in Establishment rooms and are strictly on request. Each room must have at least 1 adult aged 18+ years.

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available

Kid Friendly:

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