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FUTURE PROJECT: Paramount House Hotel To Open In Surry Hills, Sydney

FUTURE PROJECT: Paramount House Hotel To Open In Surry Hills, Sydney

A new design-led hotel is set to open in 2018 on the edge of Surry Hills and the city. When completed, Paramount House Hotel will be a new kind of neighbourhood hotel for Sydney; one offering a unique take on Australian hospitality. Located on Commonwealth Street, Paramount House Hotel is the first accommodation offering by Russell Beard, Ping Jin Ng and Mark Dundon, the team collectively behind Reuben Hills, Paramount Coffee Project, Seven Seeds and Bondi Hall.

Paramount House Hotel won’t be your average hotel bed for the night. It’s promising to think beyond the tourist market to deliver a layered, local experience, unlike any other in the city. Set to include a new dining concept from the team behind acclaimed restaurant Ester; which will join existing building residents, the award-winning café Paramount Coffee Project – which will act as a relaxed extension to the hotel lobby – and the art house Golden Age Cinema & Bar downstairs, as well as the popular design-led co-working hub, The Office Space. Paramount House Hotel will foster community connections and offer a gathering space for travellers and locals alike.

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Designed by celebrated Melbourne architects Breathe, the hotel straddles two newly connected buildings, with the hotel’s entrance and lobby inside Paramount House (originally built to be the Australian headquarters of Paramount Picture Studios) and the restaurant and guest rooms in the adjoining 76 Commonwealth Street, the former film storage warehouse of Paramount Studios, which has had a two-storey copper-clad extension added to the roof. The 29 new bedrooms, designed for comfort with multiple personalities, feature a mix of heritage details alongside contemporary updates in a subtle palette of concrete, terrazzo and timber. There will be plenty of planting and greenery – most rooms have a terrace space – and generous bathrooms come with Aesop amenities. 

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Every detail has been carefully considered, from staff kitted out by Worktones – a new Australian specialist brand offering custom design and production of uniforms – to a welcoming lobby space offering some of the best coffee in Sydney. Somewhere for thoughtful travellers and creatives, visitors are always welcome to drop by the hotel, which has been created with a sense of place and designed to respond to its surrounds. With a growing choice of restaurants, small bars and coffee culture, Surry Hills is also home to a cluster of small businesses, design studios, art galleries and architect firms. And soon, a new kind of hotel and neighbourhood digs.

You can keep up to date via their website at Paramount House Hotel.

 

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