- Style Multi-tasking pleasure palace
- Setting Sydney's glam CBD
You can drink, dine, dance and sleep at the Establishment Hotel, an achingly hip everything-under-one-roof design destination in the heart of Sydney's buzzy business district. The owner's concept is a big, glam food-and-drink emporium with a host of experiences to choose from, each one captivating and unique in its own way, with a luxe, party-tastic atmosphere.
Need to know
- Rooms 31 rooms, including two penthouse suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $222.66 (AU$245), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast.
- Facilities Bars, restaurants, library of CDs and DVDs, free WiFi throughout, concierge. In-room: Bose CD player, DVD player, flatscreen TV with cable channels, touch-screen room controls, iPod dock, iPad, minibar, Bulgari toiletries.
- Check–out 11am. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Children This sexy city hotel suits couples, given its sophisticated mix of bars and restaurants – leave the kids at home.
- Also Membership to Fitness First gym next door can be organised or a personal trainer can come to you. Smoking rooms available on request.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms The flashest options are the top-floor Loft Penthouse with a sleek living room; and the sprawling two-level Duplex Penthouse which has a king-size bed and deluxe bathroom, with a small study downstairs. For the rest of the spacious rooms, choose between two tonal schemes: black floorboards and strong colour, or a softer, more tranquil style. Marble and bluestone bathrooms come with bath, shower and twin sinks. As this is perched above one of Sydney's hottest drinking destinations, you're going to need those earplugs provided on the bedside table, especially at weekends. Aim for one of the higher levels to avoid noise from the revelers downstairs.
- Packing tips Outsize sunglasses, big It bag and even bigger attitude. This season's key pieces by Ginger & Smart or Jayson Brunsdon for working some catwalk cool.
- Also Robbie Williams, Outkast and the Scissor Sisters have danced, drunk and slept at this achingly hip destination, and it’s a hang-out for Sydney’s in-crowd. Enter from quiet side street 5 Bridge Lane which gives onto the incense-infused lobby, rather than from George Street, to avoid the walk of shame of wheeling luggage through the bustling Establishment Bar.
Food and drink at Establishment Hotel
- Hotel restaurant You've plenty to choose from here: Est., run by renowned head chef Peter Doyle, does elegant modern Australian fine dining with French and Asian influences; Sushi E is an acclaimed Japanese eatery, with Zen-simple styling, and the stunning Gin Garden, which serves breakfast and Thai and Australian dishes, set amid lush plants, sexy pendant lamps and raw brick walls. Don't miss award-winning brother restaurant Mr. Wong, beside the hotel at 3 Bridge Lane, where you can enjoy dazzling Cantonese cuisine (including incredible dim sum) in a sprawling 240-cover, two-level space.
- Dress code Modern chic. Dress up, not down.
- Top table Tables 16, 40 and 50 at Est. have the best views.
- Last orders 9.45pm for dinner; 4.30am for drinks at the bar at weekends.
- Room service Light bites such as burgers and home-made lasagne are available from 11am to 11pm. After hours, you can still get a cheese platter or sandwiches.
- Hotel bar The iconic Establishment Bar boasts a striking 42-metre pale marble bar, set in a huge, white-columned room decked out with sleek modern sofas and sinuous dark wood lounge chairs. Next door, the Gin Garden serves tasty gin cocktails, infused with lavender, blood orange and lime, alongside other top tipples. Upstairs repair to hyper-colourful Hemmesphere, an ethnic-glam cocktail bar with Moroccan-inspired low seating and exotic display vitrines. Tank Stream Bar can be accessed via the hotel foyer and offers a warm and cosy environment for an evening tipple. Palmer & Co is a new bar, located below the hotel on Abercrombie Lane and based on a 1920s speakeasy. You’ll feel like you’ve been whisked away to another era with their prohibition-style cocktails, New York deli snack menu and live jazz music.