Small, centrally located unique boutique hotel, managed by Eight Hotels Australia, minutes from Oxford Street and the city, and with easy access to the harbour, beaches and airport. Modelled on the first Government House the original building was built in 1830 and was one of a handful of private mansions constructed at that time on the Darlinghurst Ridge looking back toward the newly established town of Sydney. Formally renovated by award-winning architect Furio Valich the original Colonial Georgian mansion has been preserved where possible, while giving the whole building a post modernist edge. No boring hotel corridors here. Rooms open onto an undulating communal street featuring a curved concrete wall with original artworks.
Staff are friendly and efficient, all rooms are non-smoking and comfortably furnished with ensuites, individual air conditioning, cable TV, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryers, king and queen size beds. The Loft Room also has a DVD player.
The hotel features an extensive roof garden with city skyline views, a large gazebo style guest lounge. Some of the hotel rooms open on to a tiny sheltered courtyard area; an ideal place for that first coffee of the morning. Guests can access the roof garden via the central stairway.
In the late 1970s the famous Cauldron Nightclub was established in the basement of the building and operated there for nearly 30 years before finally closing its doors.
The Loft Suite of the hotel was once the VIP Room for the nightclub and was accessed by a hidden stairway that descended from the ceiling into the club to allow access and then retracted again ensuring the complete privacy of the many well-known and some times notorious persons who frequented the club.
By car from the airport via the Eastern Distributor (Kings Cross exit) then right onto William Street, then right into Victoria (across the top of the Kings Cross tunnel) along Victoria and then right again into Liverpool Street then another right into Darlinghurst Road.
By train to Kings Cross Station (a five minute walk south to hotel), if coming from the airport change at Central from the airport line to the Eastern Suburbs Line.
Parking Secure, undercover parking can be arranged, in advance(subject to availability) @ $15/day. There are also three other secure 24 hour parking stations are within five minutes' walk.
things to do
Nearby Victoria Street and our section of Darlinghurst Road features a myriad selection of restaurants, bars, cafes and coffee shops. The famous Tropicana Cafe is one of the closest and best of these cafes. Zen Day Spa is located just across the road from the hotel for beauty and massage treatments and next to it is Govinda's Theatre (which shows two first release feature movies every night).
Oxford Street is only five minutes' walk away, the city, Opera House and Darling Harbour are all within walking distance. St Vincent's Hospital is two blocks away. Eastern Suburbs beaches are also easily accessible as are the harbour beaches of Redleaf and Neilson Park.
From the city 324, 325 and 311 bus routes all pass nearby and we are within five minutes' walk of Taylor Square (Oxford Street).