Sydney, Australia

Little Albion Guest House

Rates per night from$137.85

Price information

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Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (AUD218.18), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Cosy converted convent


Sociable Surry Hills

Little Albion Guest House has a whole lotta charm. In a former convent in a peaceful patch of Sydney, a half-hour stroll from the city centre, the hotel has a covetable art collection and a deliciously relaxed ambience. Rooms are styled with dark-wood furniture and plush, comfy seating; additional style statements come in the form of impressive staircases and a rooftop terrace, dotted with a plethora of plants. The Surry Hills location puts a wealth of tempting restaurants, cafés, bars and boutiques at your fingertips – and since the hotel only serves breakfast, there’s even more reason to go out and explore them.

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Need to know


35, including three suites.


11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from £120.78 (AU$240), including tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates include Continental breakfast.


Don’t miss the hotel’s impressive art collection, including the bold zebra painting in the lobby.

At the hotel

Rooftop garden; lounge; honesty bar; two event spaces; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: 42-inch TV, WiFi, air-conditioning, minibar, free bottled water, tea and coffee. The Sweet and Big Albion rooms have a kitchenette; Big Albion also has a four-poster bed and a TV above the tub.

Our favourite rooms

Big Albion swings into first place on account of its bold, Seventies-style decor and art. The shower can fit two, and there’s also a giant bath tub in the bedroom. It’s enough to make a nun blush…

Packing tips

Bring something irreligiously seductive: lacy smalls or passion-provoking cologne, perhaps.


Common spaces are wheelchair accessible; bedroom corridors are wide enough for wheelchairs and all rooms can be reached by lift. Sweet rooms also have adapted bathrooms with roll-in showers.


Small and medium cats and dogs can join you on your travels, as long as you book one of the creature-friendly Classic, Cosy or Crashpad rooms. See more pet-friendly hotels in Sydney.


Little Smiths are welcome, but the guest house is aimed at adults. Extra beds can be added to some rooms for AU$50 a night.

Food and Drink

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Dress Code

Sydney socialite.

Hotel restaurant

Instead of a fully fledged restaurant, Little Albion has a cosy lounge where a breakfast buffet featuring breads, preserves, muesli, fruit, juice and hot drinks is set up each morning.

Hotel bar

There’s no bar, but help yourselves to tipples from the honesty bar on the ground floor, stocked with top-shelf spirits, fine wines, craft and international beers, premium pre-mixed cocktails, soft drinks and gourmet bar snacks.

Last orders

Breakfast is available between 7.30am and 10.30am daily.


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Little Albion Guest House
21 Little Albion St, Surry Hills

Surry Hills is a characterful inner-city eastern suburb, home to plenty of tempting coffee joints, boutiques, bars and restaurants.


Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport is a half-hour drive away; call Smith24 will to book your flights.


Sydney’s Central Station, which serves almost every line on the Sydney Trains network, is a two-minute drive or short stroll from the hotel.


You can park in the secure Rydges car park (AU$44 a night), a three-minute walk from the hotel. You don’t need a car here, but it comes in handy for exploring further afield – the Blue Mountains, perhaps.

Worth getting out of bed for

Surry Hills, a half-hour walk from the city centre, is a relaxed, characterful Sydney ‘hood – set forth and explore it. Hop on a ferry to Unesco-listed Cockatoo Island, in the middle of Sydney Harbour. Head to Bondi Beach and tick off the Bondi to Bronte Walk, keeping your eyes peeled for local wildlife along the way. Artbar is a monthly party thrown by the Museum of Contemporary Art; each edition is curated by a different artist or collective, so you can expect the unexpected (along with prime views, late-night tunes and artist interactions). Join the surfers at Manly Beach, which hosts the Australian Open of Surfing every February; it’s a half-hour ferry trip here from Sydney Harbour’s Circular Quay. If this is your first trip, it’d be rude not to at least wave hello to the Sydney Opera House – it’s an icon for good reason.

Local restaurants

Enjoy a long and leisurely brunch – fried-chicken basket or a broken-omelette roll with shrimp and bacon jam, perhaps? – at Reuben Hills. You’ll find this micro-roastery, coffee-wholesaler and cosy café on Albion Street. Join the locals lunching at the Paddington at 380 Oxford Street. Later on, dinner options include: Argentine flavours served at popular Porteño on Holt Street and swish 12-Micron: a restaurant, bar and late-night dessert house at Tower 1 on Barangaroo Avenue.

Local bars

Jazz and whisky lovers will fall for Eau de Vie – perhaps literally, if too much EdV is consumed – on Darlinghurst Road. This dimly lit speakeasy woos with creative craft cocktails and dapper decor: all glittering glass cabinets and artfully aged leather seats.


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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this heritage hotel in Surry Hills and unpacked their Tim Tams and opals, a full account of their Australian city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Little Albion Guest House in Sydney…

If you’ve ever wondered where Australian nuns rest their heads, here’s your chance to find out: Little Albion Guest House was a convent in another life (and has the original red-brick walls and stained-glass windows to prove it). These days, the sisters have made way for an enviable art collection, prints and patterns galore, and cosy communal areas, including a relaxed lounge and a pretty rooftop terrace. The clue’s in the name: this is an independent guest house, not an all-bells-and-whistles hotel, but this makes for an utterly relaxed feel. It also provides an additional incentive to explore the prime location: scenic Surry Hills, which doesn’t hold back when it comes to food, drink, culture and entertainment. Praise be.


The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Little Albion Guest House’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The rooms are lovely, the decor of the hotel is stunning and the bathrooms are quite lovely. It's also very well-situated.

Don’t expect

A lot of clothing storage if you have a longer stay. Also there isn't a good setup for putting on makeup (a mirror with good lighting).


Stayed on 19 Sep 2019

We loved

We paid extra to stay in the larger room and it was well worth it: an interior lovers' dream, with every small detail accounted for. From the honesty bar to the bath salts, a truly thoughtful experience.

Don’t expect

We missed out on the continental breakfast as we chose to sleep in. Parking was a small inconvenience, but only due to the one-way streets surrounding the property – allow extra time to find your way!


Stayed on 9 Sep 2019

We loved

We loved the close proximity to the central train station, as well as to bars, places to eat and lots of places to walk to. The staff could not have been more helpful and friendly – we will return!


Stayed on 17 Aug 2019

We loved

Great location, beautiful decor and helpful staff.


Stayed on 23 Jun 2019

We loved

Mr&Mrs Smith delivers again!! Stand-out staff who were a lovely team with loads of customer service skills: genuinely welcoming, friendly, really helpful, speedy response, oodles of common sense and intelligent. The open bar / snack bar / sweetie shop / trendy café design had great drinks, excellent tea, quality coffee, best brand snacks, cool design, huge variety and was very inviting, trendy and innovative. We enjoyed catching up with guests in the hotel rather than going out in the cold - it was if you were in a lounge or Babington house. The interiors throughout were great – smart design and everything considered. Rooms might be on the small side but the great design made it feel spacious. We had loft 404, and it was very comfortable and quiet. We rarely return to the same hotel, however we would definitely be happy to return to The Little Albion. The entire stay was fabulous.


Stayed on 20 Jun 2019

We loved

Great design, completely free of corporate hotel vibes and designer hotel clichés for that matter. The hotel was a convent in a former life, the designers incorporated hints and echos of that past life with subtle touches. Not that there's anything prim or straighlaced about it- the hallway on our floor featured nudes and some other provocative art. Also: great staff. Recommend!

Don’t expect

Extensive facilities. There's no restaurant on premises. No gym or any of that.


Stayed on 20 Jun 2019

We loved

It was very quiet and peaceful, tucked away in the fashionable Surrey hills. We loved our room in the attic - a cute little bath as well as a walk-in shower. Everything was very well-proportioned. The bed and pillows were perfect and lots of gorgeous Molton Brown products. Breakfast was very simple but perfect for us and there was also an honesty bar. The staff were all very helpful. I loved it and would highly recommend. 


Stayed on 16 Mar 2019

We loved

The location! So close to everything (bars, restaurants and transport). It was so easy to get around with buses and trains so close by. Loved the staff! They were friendly and only too happy to help with whatever you needed. The beds were super comfy with beautiful linen and the room was immaculately serviced each day.

Don’t expect

Hotel atmosphere. This is more like a super stylish B&B with really great hosts. The honour bar and breakfast area is small but does the job.


Stayed on 16 Feb 2019

We loved

We loved the space in the room, the eclectic decor and the location in trendy Surry Hills. Simple breakfast included in room rate with a coffee machine you can use any time of the day.

Don’t expect

All the things you pay for, but never use in big hotels – gym, spa or swimming pool.


Stayed on 6 Feb 2019

We loved

We loved the staff, especially Wendy and Carlos. The design of the hotel and the simple and easy breakfast and honor bar were great.

Don’t expect

Room service or a loud party.


Stayed on 24 Dec 2018