From 225 Australian (about $170 at present trade charges).
The former headquarters of Paramount Pictures Australia (a subsidiary of the fabled Paramount Pictures Corporation, the Hollywood motion-picture firm) was given new life in 2013 when the Paramount Coffee Project and Golden Age Cinema & Bar opened within the 1940 Art Deco constructing. A co-working area quickly adopted, and collectively, these companies grew to become an au courant native hub. Its attain expanded in April with the 29-room Paramount House Hotel, occupying the hooked up onetime film-storage warehouse. I arrived at 10 a.m., properly earlier than the three p.m. check-in time, and navigated a Saturday brunch madhouse on the Coffee Project, all blond wooden and polished concrete, to succeed in the reception desk. My room wasn’t prepared, however the resort emailed me when it was, and I checked in round 1:30. The workers had already deposited my luggage into my room.
Surry Hills, a low-slung neighborhood of inventive companies, buzzy cafes and 19th-century terraced homes, has lengthy attracted Sydney’s trendsetters. But till the Paramount House, it didn’t have a vacation spot resort befitting its wider attract. Hyde Park is a brief stroll away, as is the Central Business District.
The first degree of my loft room was equal elements open rest room and seating space. A lattice window slid open onto a balcony, making the room really feel greater. Augmenting the impact was a uncommon sight in a resort room: three giant, thriving crops. Privacy was afforded by the copper chevron display screen encasing the higher flooring of the constructing’s exterior. Swank leather-based chairs sat on a kilim rug overlaying the wooden ground and dealing with the room’s solely TV. In lieu of a closet, a garments rack hung subsequent to the sink. Upstairs, the mattress was made up with luxurious French linens from the Australian model Cultiver and framed by sconces too dim for reading, plus power and USB outlets.
The bathroom was a stunner, with generous use of Italian terrazzo tiling, brass accents and a gorgeous wooden bathtub that was nearly impossible to shower in. The curtains clung to me, and the Aesop products sat outside the curtain at bathing level. So I gave up and took a bath. Form won out over function here.
The hotel suggests that guests reserve by 4:30 p.m. to guarantee a spot at its small-plates restaurant, Poly, for the same evening. I did so and was told it was fully booked, but my party of one could squeeze in. When I arrived, there was no reservation for me but they sat me at the bar. I ordered the Paramount cocktail, a great twist on a negroni with lemongrass and Pampelle, a grapefruit liqueur. My food order included flatbread topped with a whipped sesame spread and a salad made with gem cos, a lettuce that was new to me. Both were unusual and delicious. By the time I left, the room was packed with the most beautiful people I saw in Sydney during my four days there.
Room service breakfast from the Coffee Project arrived promptly. Given their coffee’s renown, the sippy cup half-filled with undrinkable brew came as a surprise. (The flat white I ordered in the coffee shop itself was far better.) The rest — sourdough toast, overnight oats and orange juice — was tasty and came in an ingenious stacking contraption that minimized necessary table space.
In place of a gym, guests have free access to classes at the top-floor Paramount Recreation Club. Unfortunately, the schedule was limited during my weekend stay. In a nod to the building’s moviemaking past, the basement cinema shows films in the original Paramount screening room, while its adjacent cocktail bar is a draw in its own right. Wi-Fi was complementary and fast. Turndown service included a bedside carafe of water with mint and an orange slice.
The Bottom Line
At this beauty of a boutique hotel, you’ll feel immediately immersed in the hip Surry Hills scene thanks to the local popularity of its dining and drinking establishments. That same scene might occasionally make you feel crowded out of your own hotel, as well.
Paramount House Hotel, 80 Commonwealth St.; paramounthousehotel.com.
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