A Hotel Scene: Where Old Meets New in Sydney

In recent years, developers have been converting a string of historic structures into imaginative lodgings.

Feb 24, 2019

By Tony Perrottet. Photographs by Petrina Tinslay

The latest is the Paramount House Hotel (paramounthousehotel.com; 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 (theoldclarehotel.com.au; 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 (qthotelsandresorts.com; doubles from A$260) is in a neo-Gothic department store dating from the 1930s, while the Ovolo Woolloomooloo (ovolohotels.com.au; 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.

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