The Hip, Boutique Digs of Sydney

We recently scouted some lesser known, neighbourhood hotels to give you the lowdown on the hip, boutique digs of Sydney.

Ravesis Hotel, Bondi 

Bondi.  Synonymous with – glamour, great cocktails and of course incredible ocean views.  The newly revamped Ravesis Hotel has all three in spades.   The iconic Bondi hotel has undertaken a major refurb in time for a sizzling summer.  

Drawing inspiration from the So Cal trend, the hotel features crisp white and millennial pink hues – (yes, millennial pink is a colour),  the space is beautifully appointed and of course highly instagrammable!   

The 12 boutique rooms are Bondi chic (read effortlessly cool) a mix of pastels with gold hues and include artwork from local artists Daimon Downey and Mel Vugich and of course ocean views to die for.

The minibars are; (as one Trip Advisor guest puts it) ‘unparalleled’ - stocked with a bespoke blend of Archie Rose x Hotel Ravesis gin, Koval Whisky, Fever Tree tonics, Tamari almonds, Whittakers chocolate, classic Italian Pastiglie Leone mints and Marvis Toothpaste.

Our verdict: Perfect for a chic beach weekend getaway that won’t break the bank.

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Paramount Hotel, Surry Hills

Nothing says urban cool like a hotel in a former movie studio! Located in Surry Hills, the Paramount Hotel is the new kid on the block and we like it!

There are 29 luxury boutique rooms with Japanese style timber baths and this hotel cleverly combines the old with the new.  The Paramount also gives Ravesis’ mini bar a run for its money with charcuterie from LP’s Quality Meats,  beers by local brewers Yulli’s and wines by Tom Shobbrook.

When you share a building with the retro chic Golden Age Cinema and Bar, the Paramount Coffee project café and hip new restaurant Poly, there’s really no need to venture past your own doorstep.

And when the staff pour you an ale on check-in from the taps at the reception desk, you know these guys do things differently!

Our verdict:  An urban cool oasis with some of Sydney’s hippest eats and drinks under the same roof!

Photo credit: Tom Ross

Photo credit: Tom Ross

The Old Clare Hotel, Chippendale

Located in one of Sydney’s new hotspots - Kensington Street Chippendale, The Old Clare Hotel is a unique 62 room boutique hotel.  Formerly The Clare Hotel pub and the Carlton & United Breweries Administration Building, these two buildings have been lovingly restored to retain its old-world charm and character.  The hotel features one of Sydney best kept secrets – an awesome rooftop bar and pool with city views.

It’s also conveniently located next to some of Kensington street’s foodie hot spots including ‘The Old Rum Store’ and ‘Spice Alley’ plus on-site dining at Automata, Barzaari and A1 Canteen.

Our verdict: Unpretentious, warm and welcoming, great location, seeped in layers of history and heritage – if only the walls could talk.


The West Hotel, Barangaroo

We can’t decide if the spectacular hotel design by fitzpatrick+partners is more like a quilted Chanel handbag or a faceted smoky gem but either way, it is successfully unique and special and memorable. In keeping the with current trend of green-ifying urban spaces, The West Hotel has a botanical theme.

The central atrium (between the two buildings) is filled with plants creating a type of indoor jungle.  It’s a great way to counter the concrete of the city and relax in the tranquility of the mini rainforest.

The 182 rooms are modest in size but considered and stylish in design (think blue velvet, marble and dark wood) with plenty of integrated tech (including bluetooth speakers).  Check out the botanical cocktails, like the Nettle Gimmet and the Hibiscus and Bark sling for a uniquely West Hotel experience or pop out to explore the buzzing Barangaroo precinct with its busy bars, shops and restaurants lining the bay.

Our verdict;  Having this new, boutique, up-market hotel on the city-side of Darling Harbour at Barangaroo is a welcome addition to the Sydney accommodation offering and definitely fills a gap in this part of town.

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