We Checked in to Spicers’ First Urban Boutique Retreat

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Aug 25, 2017

Spicers’ first inner-city property has the exclusivity of a private club, the personality of a small-town bed-and-breakfast and the glamour of a world-class boutique hotel, on the hip fringe of the CBD.

The hotel

Spicers Potts Point is made up of three lovingly restored Victorian terraces dating back to the 1880s standing side-by-side on vibrant Victoria Street. Some of the hotel’s 20 rooms are in the terraces, others occupy a new extension at the rear of the property. Located a short walk from the trendy cafes and hot dining tables of Potts Point, the hotel is a mere waddle away for those who overindulge.

The room

The Victoria Terrace Suite’s neutral palette, with splashes of blue and sea-green, cloaks guests in serenity the moment they step through the door. The room is light and airy, with high ceilings, and French doors that lead onto a private balcony. Artwork by Sydney artist Martine Emdur hangs over a decommissioned marble fireplace – the perfect centrepiece for this room – and a just the right touch in a hotel that seamlessly combines old and new.

The lowdown

Number of guestrooms: 20, including two suites with balconies. All three suites are in the original terrace houses, with majority of the other rooms in the new extension.

Check in/out: 2pm/11am.

Food and drink: Guests can enjoy complimentary cocktails and canapés at the hotel before strolling out for dinner in the neighbourhood. There is no restaurant on the premises, but breakfast – continental or buffet – is included in your room rate and served on site.

Water in room: Complimentary sparkling and still water provided, both refilled on request.

Mini bar: Mumm Cordon Rouge, Thomas Chipman potato chips, soft drinks and handy supplies including Panadol, Berocca and Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment. Complimentary fresh-baked cookies upon arrival.

Room service: No, but Spicers has introduced a dine-in experience, delivering dishes from the best local restaurants.

TV and movies: Smart TV with access to free-to-air channels.

Bath: In all suites and some rooms.

Amenities: Leif shampoo, conditioner, body cleanser and balm, and Biology Smart Skincare’s body bar.

Bathrobe: White, cotton and comfy paired with matching slippers.

Pillow menu: A 50/50 goose feather/down combo or a simple microfibre pillow are available.

Wellness: Spicers has partnerships with a local gym, spa and yoga studio.

Wi-fi: Yes, complimentary.

Business facilities: No.

Staff: Whether it’s jagging you a hard-to-get table at Ms G’s buzzy modern Asian eatery, giving local vegan restaurant recommendations, or offering a cheery hello, they go above and beyond.

Housekeeping test: A requested corkscrew was delivered in just 48 seconds.

Parking: Limited to a handful of free spaces, must be reserved upon booking.

Tariff: From $399 for a Queen room (19 square metres) in the new extension at the back of the property to $669 for one of the three beautifully spacious Victoria Terrace Suites (43 square metres), each with a balcony overlooking Victoria Street.

Ask for: The room with a view. Of the three Victoria Terrace Suites, only one has a glorious view of St Mary’s Cathedral and the Westfield Tower looming above or visible through the opposite town houses.

Our rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑

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