Surry Hills is one of the most eclectic and dynamic suburbs in Sydney. Located slightly south of the CBD (central business district), it is home to different chic restaurants & bars, stylish boutiques, and distinct art galleries. You will also find multiple heritage-listed sites such as the Railway Institute building. It is an extremely walkable suburb with easy transportation access via the Central train station, Surry Hills light rail station, and multiple bus stops.
If you are looking for unique accommodation with character, then Surry Hills is the right place for you. In this guide, we have hand-curated a list of the 7 most stylish hotels in Surry Hills that are each distinct and cozy.
- Paramount House Hotel
- Crystalbrook Albion
- Ace Hotel Sydney
- Adge Hotel
- 202 Elizabeth
- Veriu Central
- Vibe Hotel Sydney
Paramount House Hotel
Paramount House Hotel is one of the most unique boutique hotels in Surry Hills. The design-led hotel is housed within a heritage brick building, formerly the headquarters of Paramount Picture Studios in the 1940s. Built by architecture studio Breathe, a lot of brass accents and exposed walls are used throughout the design to enhance the industrial warehouse aesthetic.
The hotel offers just 29 exclusive rooms and suites, each uniquely built and designed based on the structure of the original building. They all feature contemporary furnishing, plush bedding, Aesop toiletries, a TV with Chromecast, a minibar, and complimentary internet access.
You will find multiple dining and drinking venues inside Paramount House Hotel. On the lower ground floor, Golden Age Cinema & Bar is set inside the old screening room of the heritage building. The room has been lovingly restored into a lively venue that offers drinks, films, and live music.
Located in the basement, Poly is a bistro that specializes in grilled dishes, most notably the gorgeous steaks. Paramount Coffee Project on the ground floor offers specialty coffee and classic all-day meals, while A.P House on the rooftop serves a range of artisanal grain products. The culinary experience at the hotel will definitely leave you wanting more.
Crystalbrook Albion is one of the best luxury boutique hotels in Surry Hills. The 5-star hotel is set within a heritage red-brick building, originally built as a school convent in 1903. The building interior has been refurbished modernly with heavy emphasis on white and wooden tones. The different prints used throughout the curtains and decor also add an artistic flare to its character.
The hotel offers 35 unique guest rooms and suites that are each designed tastefully. On the inside, you will find stylish furnishing, premium bedding, smart TV with Staycast, tea & coffee-making facilities, and complimentary internet access. Pet-friendly rooms are available upon inquiry, so feel free to bring your best friend with you. You will also have access to the beautiful rooftop, where you can wind down and enjoy a glass of wine.
There are no restaurants located inside Crystalbrook Albion, but you will discover ample quality dining and drinking venues nearby. For instance, Shaffa, a modern Middle-East restaurant with share-style dishes cooked from fresh seasonal produce. On the other hand, Nikkei Bar & Restaurant, a contemporary Japanese restaurant with a unique Peruvian twist.
Ace Hotel Sydney
Ace Hotel Sydney is one of the newest hotels in Surrey Hills that opened in May last year, making it the first hotel to open under the Ace brand in Australia. The 5-star boutique hotel is located inside the historic Tyne Building that spans 18 levels. Designed by Flack Studio, the interior was heavily influenced by the Australian desert and retro industrial design, as shown by the use of exposed walls alongside brown and orange accents.
The design-led hotel offers 257 guest rooms and suites. They each feature sophisticated furnishing, comfy bedding, eco-friendly bathroom amenities, a curated minibar, a TV, and complimentary internet access. Rooms are pet-friendly and multiple accessible rooms are also available. Besides, you will have access to a well-appointed gym with machines and free weights. It also provides bikes for you to cruise around and explore the lively district.
Ace Hotel’s sophisticated dining offerings are definitely worth your attention. Kiln on the rooftop is a contemporary Australian restaurant with diverse influences from Italy, Japan, and Southeast Asia. Loam is an all-day spot specializing in fresh local produce, while Good Chemistry is a casual cafe and bar that serves a range of small bites and drinks.
Adge Hotel is another one of the newest boutique hotels in Surry Hills that opened in August 2023. The 5-star design hotel is a refreshing transformation of the former Cambridge Hotel, which was closed in October 2019. Led by Melbourne-based studio SJB, the new hotel embodies the vibrant personality of Surry Hills with different bold colours being used throughout the design.
Adge Hotel boasts 93 guest rooms (expected to expand to 242 next year), which are each designed playfully with stylish and quirky furnishing. They all feature plush bedding, a smart TV, deluxe bathroom amenities, and complimentary internet access. Multiple accessible rooms are also available.
The hotel’s vibrant character is also shown in its culinary offerings. Located in the lobby, SOUL Deli is a modern Korean restaurant with an Australian twist. You will find classic dishes such as Avocado on Toast being paired with their signature kimchi. There are also multiple distinct restaurants and bars around the neighbourhood. Our current favorite is Rosie Campbell’s, a Caribbean restaurant that specializes in contemporary Jamaican cuisine.
202 Elizabeth is one of the more discreet boutique hotels in Surry Hills. Opened in February this year, the design-centric hotel sits quietly inside a pale pink building. Unlike its subtle facade, you will discover a lively design across the interior with large floral prints alongside ample indoor plants.
The 4-star hotel offers 38 guest rooms across six levels, each designed with a refreshing floral theme. Inside the room, you will find intricate designer furnishing, sumptuous king bedding, eco toiletries, a minibar, and free internet access. The hotel is also pet-friendly so feel free to bring along your doggies.
Besides, you will have access to a stunning rooftop oasis with loungers. It is the perfect spot to unwind and enjoy a drink with the view of the city. While there are no restaurants in-house, you will easily find tons of great dining spots nearby. For instance, Pellegrino 2000 is a moody Trattoria with a refined menu.
Being one of the best 4-star hotels in Surry Hills, Veriu Central offers both style and value at the same time. The boutique hotel is set within Wentworth House, a late 19th-century building located on the northern edge of Surry Hills. While the building’s historic facade remained unchanged, the interior went through a complete makeover to give you a refreshing staying experience.
The 112 compact guest rooms are designed cleanly with a white tone, elegant furnishing, and sophisticated wooden touches. They all feature comfy bedding, a dining table & chair, a Netflix-compatible TV, a mini fridge, and complimentary internet access. Just like Ace Hotel, feel free to grab a bike at the reception and wander around the neighbourhood.
The Drawing Room, a 1920s-inspired eatery & bar is located inside Veriu Central. It opens daily and serves a wide range of drinks and dishes for guests. If you are looking for more dining and drinking options, there are also multiple quality restaurants and bars just steps away. For instance, NOMAD Sydney is a contemporary restaurant serving a unique menu with diverse influences from Spain, Morocco, and the Middle East.
Vibe Hotel Sydney
If you are looking for a well-rounded hotel that ticks multiple boxes at the same time, then Vibe Hotel Sydney is a great option to consider. Located between Central and Surry Hills, the 4-star hotel offers 198 spacious guest rooms and suites that are designed modernly with a clean white tone.
Inside the room, you will find sophisticated furnishing, soft bedding, a work desk, a TV, a minibar, a coffee machine, and complimentary internet access. Unlike most hotels in Surry Hills, Vibe Hotel offers multiple facilities on-site. For active guests, a well-equipped fitness center with machines and a heated outdoor swimming pool are both available. For business travellers, there are 2 multi-purpose meeting rooms available for booking upon inquiry.
Storehouse Sydney, an all-day cafe & bar is also located on the ground floor, offering a range of meals and drinking from day to night. For more dining options, a dining hub is situated just across the street, including restaurants like NEL, Basket Brothers, and Mr. Wu Dumpling Bar.
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