The Luxe List 2018: Paramount House Hotel, Sydney

To honor the 1940s building’s heritage status, the hotel’s 29 rooms all come with high ceilings and exposed brick walls.

Some rooms are duplex and come with Japanese-style timber tubs and sunny patios.

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Suburban hotels are becoming something of a trend in Sydney. The latest boutique property to leave the CBD behind is located in the former Paramount Picture Studios headquarters in the buzzy inner-city neighborhood of Surry Hills.

Just about everything you touch or taste is created by Australian makers, starting from the moment you check in and are poured a glass of whatever is on tap behind reception (on this reviewer’s visit, it was a locally brewed Wildflower sour ale).

The red-brick building is also home to the Paramount Coffee Project (a café that doubles as a weekend farmers’ market).

To honor the 1940s building’s heritage status, the hotel’s 29 rooms all come with high ceilings and exposed brick walls, the industrial look softened by reclaimed timber floors, potted plants, a mix of Jardan furniture and vintage pieces, and organic cotton bed linens.

Some rooms are duplex and come with Japanese-style timber tubs and sunny patios, which happen to make the perfect perch for snacking on the natural wines, Sydney beers, and charcuterie stocked in your minibar.

The red-brick building is also home to the Paramount Coffee Project (a café that doubles as a weekend farmers’ market), a neighborhood cinema, and Poly, a new restaurant by Mat Lindsay, one of the city’s most talented chefs.

61-2/9211-1222; paramounthousehotel.com; doubles from US$218

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2018 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“The Luxe List 2018: Paramount House Hotel, Sydney”).

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