Iconic Sydney pub reopens as a boutique hotel

The Palisade Hotel marries aged and burnished with cool and quirky

There is elegance to spare amid the ornately balconied 19th-century row houses of Miller’s Point in Sydney. In August, the landmark Palisade Pub & Brewery, one of its public houses, reopened as the Palisade Hotel(www.hotelpalisade.com; from A$320, about £155), a restaurant-with-rooms meticulously and gorgeously designed by one of the city’s most talented stylist/retailers.

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Sibella Court, owner of gypsy-chic concept store The Society Inc, cast her razor-sharp eye over the pub and nine suites, consulted her arsenal of antiques, exotic textiles, salvage and bibelots and conjured up spaces of intense character, marrying the aged and burnished (vintage brass light fittings and taps in the pub; reclaimed tiles in the bathrooms) with the cool and quirky, in an aesthetic that should land this hotel squarely in the little black books of style makers. The roof terrace, with its panoramas of Harbour Bridge and the eastern suburbs, is the icing on the cake.

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