Style Colourful contemporary
Setting Boho urban village
In the heart of Sydney's happening Darlinghurst district, luxury boutique hotel Medusa is both a tranquil chill-out zone and the ideal launch pad for getting the best from the city. With vibrant rooms set around a pastel-pretty courtyard and reflection pool, it's stylish and intimate, with in-the-know staff who'll ensure you're plugged into local hotspots on arrival.
Need to know
- Rooms 17, including 10 Deluxe, two Premium Deluxe and five Grand.
Double rooms from $168.21 (AU$177), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
The price shown represents the lowest nightly rate for a double room available at this hotel over the next 21 days. Any price conversions from the hotel's local currency (AU$177) have been conducted using today's exchange rates from xe.com.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast. Particular rooms can be requested, but not guaranteed.
- Facilities DVD/CD library, free passes to a local pool. In rooms: cable TV, CD/DVD players, minibar, Lindt chocolates, Aesop toiletries, kitchenette.
- Poolside The glam reflection pool in the lilac internal courtyard is a cool spot for lounging or gathering friends for drinks. It's a no-swim zone, though, so no divebombing.
- Check-out 10am. Room use after check-out up to 6pm is half the day rate, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
- Children More urban playground for grown-ups, than child-friendly: there are no pull-out beds or interconnecting rooms, and a maximum of two guests per room.
- Also Take note party people: there's a minimum three-night, full-rate stay at New Year's Eve and during spring's clubtastic Mardi Gras gay pride festivities, when Medusa only takes pre-paid bookings direct.
Food and drink at Medusa
- Hotel restaurant There's no restaurant at Medusa, but the friendly, sussed concierge at reception can order in anything you fancy from a selecton of rated local gourmet hotspots. Just ask to peruse the menus. Minibars come well stocked too, with a choice of beer, wine, soft drinks and water, as well as chocolate, Pringles and nuts.
- Dress code Sexy sartorial statement from Sydney labels Sass & Bide or Wheels & Dollbaby. Or tight vest and shorts for Mardi Gras.
- Top table Snaffle a yellow lounge chair poolside in the courtyard to sip your skinny latte over the Sydney Morning Herald.
- Room service Room service is limited as there's no bar or kitchen on site, but a concierge is on hand 24/7 who will call fab local restaurants with your requests until they close. Mexican Guzmen y Gomez will deliver till the wee hours.
- Hotel bar With the surrounding neighbourhood Darlinghurst alive with cool places to sink a cocktail in, Medusa doesn't try to compete. Hence there's no formal house bar, but the concierge can give you a list of edgy local wateringholes for you to sample in the area – and a small honesty bar operates for low-key drinks.
Medusa 267 Darlinghurst Road, Sydney, New South Wales 2010
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Our favourite rooms
All Medusa's rooms are different, but share bold, rainbow-bright colour schemes and dramatic decor with a romantic blend of classic and modern design. Over-scaled headboards and sinuous chaise longues add to the glam vibe. Ground floor Grand room 201 gives easy access to the charming internal courtyard, the focal point for the hotel, while first floor Grand rooms such as 207 and 213 have circular balconies overlooking the courtyard below. If you prefer more privacy, choose one of the two streetside rooms which enjoy leafy views out: Grand room 206 has a balcony.
The hotel is popular with fashion types and stylish, seasoned travellers, so bring your best threads and biggest sunglasses.
The Medusa also has a private business room which combines a work suite (with handy Mac) and an ensuite dressing room, shower and toilet for guests to use for catching up on work or to freshen up when checking in early or out late. It can be hired hourly or daily. WiFi access in bedrooms and the courtyard costs $5 a day.