Paramount House Hotel stands out in Sydney’s Surry Hills

Featuring distinctive stripped-back design and Japanese cedar bathtubs

The bathrooms at the Paramount House Hotel in Sydney have Japanese cedar bathtubs
The bathrooms at the Paramount House Hotel in Sydney have Japanese cedar bathtubs

There’s not much in terms of lifestyle that Sydney does badly (beaches: see Bondi. Resortwear: see Zimmermann. Cafés: see Bill Granger). Hotels, though, have long been a weak spot – the big ones often a bit lacklustre, the independents often not delivering on distinctiveness. But last year I hung out at Paramount House Hotel (paramounthousehotel.com; from A$355, about £193), which seems to harness all the right elements of design, food and service not just of Sydney in general but Surry Hills, its hot-right-now neighbourhood, in particular.

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Melbourne-based Breathe Architecture stripped back the 29 rooms virtually to their studs, brick walls and concrete ceilings, then layered in new plank and terrazzo floors, stunning Japanese cedar bathtubs, hand-woven rugs and low-slung sofas. Go for them and for the food at Poly, the hotel’s restaurant manned by alumni of Ester (itself bucket-list material).

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