57 Foveaux St., Surry Hills, Australia
Photo courtesy of 57 Hotel
57 HotelThe bronze-tile pattern at the entrance of 57 Hotel—a 92-room boutique property in the heart of bustling Surry Hills—echoes the mosaic of windows that soar seven stories up. But the stamped-tin awning out front and the gold ceiling that undulates like a wave over the reception area (a plaster-and-metal base that was hand-painted gold) nods to Studio 54, the legendary New York club from which 57 Hotel owes much of its inspiration. The sunken lobby-lounge is the moodiest of the spaces, outfitted in black leather benches, shiny silver walls, spot lights and gray-and-black carpeting that recalls piano keys. This is the best place to catch up with friends over a complimentary Nespresso coffee or watch the Surry Hills scene unfold. Glass walls face lively Foveaux Street. The rooms upstairs offer a vintage-’70s vibe with a white-and-mauve palette playing backdrop to pops of color such as turquoise vinyl chairs in King rooms, topped with candy-striped pillows. The amenities are modern and include free Wi-Fi, in-room iPads, and a selection of films. The guest experience is also infused with groovy tunes curated by Sydney DJ Dre Branciamore, taking the Studio 54 theme full circle.