“Striking architect-designed townhouse in the midst of trendy Darlinghurst, well placed for the city sights and the vibrant Eastern Suburbs”
All rooms are stylish and striking, with a polished beeswax wall and headboard in contrasting colours - cherry red, bitter yellow, olive green, burnt orange, smoky blue. Comfortable double beds are custom-crafted from coloured timbers, with built-in side tables, and set on plinths to give a floating impression. There are modular kitchenettes and cupboards and modern lighting, with egg-shaped side lamps and large central pendants. Ensuite bathrooms are opaque glass and white tiled with Aesop toiletries.
Rooms are arranged over 3 floors in the Victorian townhouse and its side extension. The Grand rooms at the front of the townhouse have kingsize beds, windows to the courtyard, vibrant leather chaise-longues, original fireplaces, ceiling mouldings, and larger bathrooms. The Deluxe rooms also have queensize beds but are more compact.
Dining out is very much part of the Sydney experience and the cool-hunters swoop from one establishment to the next according to the prevailing winds of fashion. With an almost bewildering choice of international eateries and watering holes outside the door, the hotel's design team reasoned there was no need to include an on-site restaurant. Plus, your in-room guide lists some menus from which you can order take-away meals for lazier nights in.
Each room has an ingeniously designed kitchenette, a cubist-inspired cupboard made of Queensland walnut and set on a plinth; it opens up to reveal a minibar, a sink, tea and coffee making facilities, basic utensils and a microwave. There is a supermarket and greengrocer at the end of the road, as well as a gourmet delicatessen and grocery across the road for food shopping.
In the morning, a simple continental breakfast can be served to your room - just ask reception the night before. However, over the road is a famous cappuccino strip - a row of coffee houses and cafes (including the Tropicana which spawned the annual short film festival).