Rest Your Head

Surry Hills neighbourhood is located in the south-east corner of Sydney’s business district and is very much the city’s go-to dining and drinking destination. Fancy high-end restaurants happily sit side-by-side with bijou bars, clothing boutiques, quirky shops, public parks and art galleries.
Conceptualised from the outset to have a distinct personality and interact with its surrounding urban environment, Paramount House Hotel is housed within two skilfully stitched together uber cool buildings in Surry Hills – the original 1940s former Australian headquarters of Paramount Picture Studios and the adjoining film storage warehouse. The 29-key hotel occupies shares the space with the Golden Age Cinema and Bar, Paramount Coffee Project Café (serving some of the best blends in Sydney), Paramount Recreation Centre and a chic co-working area called The Office Space. Hyde Park is just a few minutes’ walk away.
The hotel’s reception is so understated that it wouldn’t be difficult to miss, and is simply marked by copper herringbone doors either side and a concrete sign that says, ‘Permanent Vacation’. Guests checking-in are routinely greeted with a glass of wine or a cold beer.
Upstairs, the 27 bedrooms and two suites – occupying four floors of what was once the film storage warehouse – have a distinctly industrial feel to them, offset with a multitude of stylish touches and gorgeous accessories that will have you asking the inner-city hipster staff where it all came from. Contemporary tapestries hang on the walls. Bed linen in soft shades of blue and apricot is adorned with merino blankets, while colourful Pakistani kilim rugs offset tiled floors, cement ceilings and exposed copper pipework. Most rooms have enclosed plant-bedecked terraces or balconies. Some of the terrazzo-tiled bathrooms feature stunning Japanese-inspired wooden tubs.
There’s a gym on the roof and always so much going-on in the building that you will almost certainly be reluctant to leave.