“Uber cool urban enclave filled with swanky guest rooms, intimate bars, private club and designer dining”
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.
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.
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.