Sydney, Australia

Establishment Hotel

Price per night from$186.16

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Multi-tasking pleasure palace


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.

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Need to know


31 rooms, including two penthouse suites.


11am. Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from £161.19 (AU$309), including tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast. Rates don't include a 1.5 per cent credit-card surcharge a stay.


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.

Hotel closed

All of the hotel’s restaurants and bars are closed on 25 December.

At the hotel

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 and Le Labo bath products.

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.


This sexy city hotel suits couples, given its sophisticated mix of bars and restaurants – leave the kids at home.

Food and Drink

Photos Establishment Hotel food and drink

Top Table

Tables 16, 40 and 50 at Est. have the best views.

Dress Code

Modern chic. Dress up, not down.

Hotel restaurant

You've plenty to choose from here: Est 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 – by Dan Hong – 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.

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.

Last orders

9.45pm for dinner; 4.30am for drinks at the bar at weekends.

Room service

Light bites such as burgers and fresh salads are available from 11am to 11pm. After hours, you can still get a cheese platter or sandwiches.


Photos Establishment Hotel location
Establishment Hotel
5 Bridge Lane

The Establishment Hotel is located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, a short walk from Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and the Botanical Gardens.


Sydney Airport ( is serviced daily by all major international and Australian carriers. The airport is about 17km from the city CBD and the Establishment Hotel.


Wynyard Station is a five minute walk from the Establishment Hotel. Take the Airport and East Hills Line from Sydney Airport, or the South Line from Central Station, to Wynyard Station (; 131 500). Exit the station at George Street turning left to walk down George Street. Turn Right onto Bridge Street, then right again onto Bridge Lane. The Establishment is on the right.


Taxis from the airport are quick and reasonably priced, or if you prefer you can hire a car from one of the many rental companies at Sydney Airport. The drive is about 30 minutes. Guests can park at the Four Seasons Hotel, a five-minute walk away, which costs around AU$50 a night or 24 hours. The hotel can also organise private transfers.


Regular ferries depart from nearby Circular Quay ( bound for Manly and Taronga Zoo on the North Shore, Rose Bay to the east, and Darling Harbour to the west. There is a ferry information office at Wharf 4.

Worth getting out of bed for

Sydney's CBD (Central Business District) is bustling with great retail therapy. Hot stores in the area include Australian pyjamas label Peter Alexander, at Shop 4, Ivy, 330 George Street and island-inspired Tommy Bahama just next door at 330D George Street. Tick off the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge (and climb it if you're feeling brave); the Museum of Sydney, on your doorstep, traces the city's history and if that piques your interest the Rocks neighbourhood is where European settlers first arrived in Australia – it's now a lively area with well-heeled shops and eateries. To the west, Darling Harbour is a buzzy waterside hub of boutiques, restaurants and bars, with frequent events and art installations. And, two cultured institutions lie within walking distance: the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Visit both, pausing in the Royal Botanic Garden for a picnic in between. To beach hop and see some rugged coastal beauty, follow the Bondi to Coogee walk.

Local restaurants

If you've sampled the Establishment Hotel's fab clutch of bars and restaurants but are still hungry for more, head for the white-hot Ivy complex nearby, also owned by entertainment players Merivale. A one-stop shop for all things hip and happening, it embraces a stack of bars, restaurants and even a pool spread over 330 and 320 George Street (for reservations for any of them, call +61 (0)2 9240 3000). Palings Kitchen and Bar occupies Level One of 330 George St, a large open dining space dotted with picnic tables and hanging fairy lights. The menu is as large as the space, featuring dishes from Sunee's Thai canteen, steaks (cooked on the open grills from former occupant Mad Cow) and dessert courtesy of pâtisserie princess Lorraine Godsmark. At Uccello on level four, which overlooks the adjoining Pool Club deck, head chef David Locette creates authentic Italian dishes. Decor is a subtle blend of white and wood with hits of yellow and textured ceramics adding appealing accents. For Chinese fine-dining, turn up the heat at Spice Temple in the CBD. Further afield, Bills in Darlinghurst is famous for its laid-back brunches.

Local cafés

Tiny, intimate French-style bistro Ash Street Cellar, at 1 Ash Street, tucked away down an alley beside the Ivy complex, has a fine wine list but is also a good place for grabbing a coffee, with seats both inside and out on the quiet pavement. The decor mixes raw wood, graphic pattern and a dash of dark, Gothic opulence.

Local bars

The Ivy complex (created by Establishment’s owners Merivale) is also a one-stop socialising shop. Don’t miss the much-fêted Ivy bar, a clean-lined, monochrome watering hole: upstairs, the rooftop Pool Club combines three of Sydney's most popular activities, drinking, dancing and dipping into a pool, in an open-air space, complete with private cabanas and DJ-crafted tunes.


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Anonymous review

This review of Establishment Hotel in Sydney is taken from our guidebook Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection Australia/New Zealand.

It’s 6am, Sydney time, and Mrs Smith and I have just arrived in the city’s CBD, a little exhausted, despite the generous flat-bed upgrade on our flight from London. We are here on a ‘bleisure’ trip – business mixed with pleasure – starting with the latter at Establishment Hotel. Approaching the giant metal front door, tucked away in a cul de sac, I notice a few weary revelers leaving Establishment’s basement nightclub, Tank. They look about as fresh as we are after our very different all-night session.

A bright-eyed girl from reception shows us to our room. All I can focus on is the bed, which, raised on a platform, hovers before me like a much-craved mirage. Mrs Smith quickly goes to work on making the room as dark as Darth Vader’s wardrobe and we slump onto the squishy mattress.

Waking a few hours later, I appraise our surroundings afresh. One of 31 rooms, ours has a New York-loft feel: exposed brickwork, muted greys and creams and a chocolate brown-painted, beamed ceiling. Mrs Smith runs a bath (apparently a decadent use of scarce water that we rainswept Brits wouldn’t understand); I opt for the (far more economical) rain shower that, with its oversized head, lives up to its name. A folding door means the bathroom can either feel like an extension of the bedroom (when Mrs Smith needs to call for a cocktail from her tub) or shut off (to contain the downpour sound effects while I shower).

As Mrs Smith attempts to banish all traces of jet-lag with the fragrant Bulgari freebies, we discuss how gracefully this Jane Fonda of a hotel is ageing. Now nine years old, it hasn’t become old-fashioned or rough around its minimalist edges. Fuchsia cushions and velvet sofas may come and go, but the heavyweight stone and wood flooring, gleaming marble panels and simple dark-wood furniture stand the test of time and fashion like a Savile Row suit.

We enjoy a late breakfast in the hotel’s Gin Garden. Cleverly renovated with a glass ceiling and the original stonework still bearing fire scars (the building almost burned down in 1996), the room is dotted with six-metre potted bamboo plants that tower towards the light. A grand accompaniment to my Vegemite toast, they better suit the room’s evening personality as a very cool hangout, adjoining Establishment Bar.

When I say bar, try a 42-metre-long, marble-fronted counter that’s studded with grand iron columns, modern light-bulb chandeliers suspended above. This luxe labyrinth also has a bar called Hemmesphere and a sushi bar. Establishment, the building that houses Establishment Hotel, is a stylish multiplex (not two words I ever thought I’d write together) for grown-ups and it works. You could, in theory, live within its four, five – I don’t know how many – walls and pretty much do or eat something different every night for a week. If ever Sydney were to come under attack, locals would do well to check in here.

We’re both Sydney virgins (you won’t find many of them, a witty Aussie later informs me), so obviously Mrs Smith and I want to head to the iconic Bridge and Opera House. We are predictably and gratefully wowed by both. (See how I’m trying to downplay Sydney’s unfair advantage over any other city I can name?) We meet up with a friend, who takes us to Bills, owned by chef Bill Granger, where we sit at the communal table and tuck into a brunch of ricotta hotcakes with honeycomb butter and banana. We then head to Bondi, kick off our shoes and stroll barefoot along the sun-warmed sand. As we vent our envy – comparing this lovely city beach with our local duck pond – we are shepherded towards our next meal at fabulous, low-key North Bondi Italian Food, masterminded by chef Maurizio Terzini. We dine on the terrace, which, if it were any nearer the beach would be a raft, snacking on rosemary-infused olives and tender salami, and sipping chilled chenin blanc as the waves roll in.

I mentioned earlier that this is also a work trip… We are here to launch our company’s second office, so of course there has to be a party. Mrs Smith and I smarten up back at the hotel and, after a glass or two from the well-stocked minibar, head to the chosen location – Ivy. Also owned by the Merivale group (which founded Establishment Hotel), this is its latest creation and I have to say that the penthouse (you can rent it out for a mere AU$6,000 a night) is quite a venue. Imagine Hugh Hefner and James Bond got together and created a pad that’s showier than an Oscars after-party – a heady cocktail of style and sophistication, shaken not stirred with a little excess. With a terrace hot tub and views over a palm-flanked pool, it feels like Sydney has had an LA love child and Ivy is her name.

A glamorous evening moves on to a new modern Chinese restaurant called Spice Temple, owned by chef Neil Perry (I promise this is work). The menu is takeaway-cliché-free – the pancakes lamb and cumin rather than crispy duck. We dine on the tastiest, spiciest food I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating. By midnight our body clocks have given up and we’re giddy from the party: this – mixed with equal parts exhaustion and champagne – is our cue to retire to the hotel. Our jet-lag, however, has other ideas: at 5am we sit up in bed, blinking woozily.

As bleisure trips go, our stay at Establishment Hotel has convinced us we could easily drop the ‘b’. Surveying the room, Mrs Smith and I agree Hef can keep the penthouse. Establishment Hotel is just as luxurious, but also somewhere you can feel at home. And any hotel that has the confidence to call itself Establishment deserves to be taken seriously. Luckily, as this Sydney institution moves into its second decade, it’s clear that it more than merits the moniker.

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