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Designed by Melbourne firm Breathe Architecture and situated in the core of the humming hub of Commonwealth Street, the 29-room Paramount House Hotel is ringed by lively eateries, bars packed with locals and cafes that carefully consider the craft of coffee making. It’s this buzzing inner city Sydney location, coupled with a new two-storey roof extension of Herringbone copper panels that creates an impact even before guests step inside. Photo credit: Tim Ross
Get a room
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Ready to receive guests on 1 April 2018, this boutique stay has four room types: Everyday, Sunny, Loft and Mack Daddy, with all rooms displaying a refined modern elegance that any Surry Hills local (or immersive short-breaker) would feel right at home in. Photo credit: Tim Ross
Rest and relaxation
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The picture windows, hardwood floors crafted from reclaimed timber and linen-lined beds from Cultivar Goods combine to create the perfect space to rest and refresh after a dynamic session exploring the neighbourhood’s many charms. Photo credit: Tim Ross
Soak up the scene
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Looking for a reason to upgrade? All Loft and two Mack Daddy rooms feature a Japanese-style soaking tub, crafted in New South Wales from blackbutt timber. From here, you have a peek of the street glimpsed through the unique shutter-style installation from the striking exterior roof extension. Photo credit: Sharyn Cairns
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The bathrooms have the same cool, contemporary polish: sinks and showers are lined in chatty terrazzo tiling, brass tapware and the in-house amenities are the always-coveted Aesop. Photo credit: Tim Ross
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Along with an abundance of greenery that follows a consistent theme throughout the property, the Sunny, Loft and Mack Daddy rooms also include outdoor alcoves for inner city sun soaking, bringing a sense of urban jungle inside. Photo credit: Tim Ross
Nosh and nibbles
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What’s waiting for you in the requisite mini bar, you ask? No real surprises if you consider the clientele – a carefully curated batch of craft beers, carnivore-friendly nibbles from nearby LP’s Quality Meats and vino from organic and biodynamic winemaker Tom Shobbrook. Photo credit: Tim Ross
Cinema and chill
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A notable drawcard of Paramount House Hotel’s location is that the complex also houses the moody, velvet-draped Golden Age Cinema and an adjoining bar just downstairs. Loyal to its deco past in every aspect of its refurbished interiors, the walnut walls, brass lettering and antique theatre seats create a perfectly cosy atmosphere to catch a flick. The cinema shows a range of cults, classics and thought-provoking new releases to suit any ‘stay-in’ mood.
Out and about
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Surry Hills is less than two kilometres southwest of Sydney’s CBD, with Paramount House Hotel an easy 10-minute stroll from Central station. It’s also less than twenty minutes by taxi from Sydney airport, with train and bus connections snaking through the suburb for further venturing. An enduring front-runner borough when it comes to culture, restaurants, bars and cafes are all within easy walking distance. Photo credit: Tim Ross
In the hood: Paramount Coffee Project
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Just downstairs and past the lobby, for example, is the beloved Paramount Coffee Project, one of the area’s foremost cafes. Here, the coffee is strong and skipping the Japanese fried chicken burger is inexcusable – although the buttermilk fried chicken waffle with maple bacon gravy is an acceptable substitute.
In the hood: Chin Chin
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Cast your eyes across the road and discover Sydney’s most anticipated opening of 2017, Chin Chin. Continuing to impress, long after the initial sheen of novelty could rightly dim, this Melbourne original still draws a hefty dinner crowd. Certainly the prevailing influence is Thai but the dishes are so much more: sardines come wood roasted, black pudding is spiked with crab head nahm prik and stirfries toss prawn, bug tail and egg noddle in the same delicious tumble.
In the hood: Longrain
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Also directly facing Paramount House Hotel, Longrain is one of the originals – and still one of the best – eateries in Surry Hills, dishing up delectable South East Asian food here for almost twenty years. A variety of communal and private dining gives the hungry a choice but save your decision making for the menu – there’s quite the array of dishes to test your ordering resolve. Start with the betel with yam bean and toasted coconut, where all good meals should begin, and it will all be up from here.