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A Hotel Scene: Where Old Meets New in Sydney

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By Tony Perrottet
Photographed by Petrina Tinslay

Feb 24, 2019

THE LATEST IS the Paramount House Hotel (doubles from A$240), located within the 1940s former offices of Paramount Film Studios. In addition to the 29 industrial-chic rooms, the Surry Hills property has a movie theater screening films six days a week and a buzzy coffee bar (the hotel owners run a group of popular Sydney cafés). In nearby Chippendale, the boutique The Old Clare (doubles from A$299) has rooms inside a renovated brewery, with a busy retro-chic pub called Kensington Street Social attached. In the heart of the city, QT Sydney (doubles from A$260) is in a neo-Gothic department store dating from the 1930s, while the Ovolo Woolloomooloo (doubles from A$350) sits inside a salvaged wooden “finger wharf” warehouse jutting over the harbor, with a vegetarian-friendly restaurant opened by American celebrity chef Matthew Kenney. The dish to order? Kimchi dumplings with red cabbage and ginger foam.

FROM LEFT: The newly opened Paramount House Hotel, set in the film studio’s former Aussie headquarters; The Gilt Lounge at QT Sydney.

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