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Paramount House Hotel

80 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
| +61 2 9211 1222
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Paramount House Hotel

Why we love it: Former movie studio headquarters turned stylish lifestyle hub and hotel

The Highlights:
- A location in lively Surrey Hills 
- Unique amenities from building neighbors, like cafe room service and complimentary yoga
- Striking, industrial-chic design

The Review:
Just outside Sydney’s Central Business District, the beloved Surry Hills neighborhood is considered a hub for the city’s latest and greatest, from top restaurants and bars to cool shops, designer flea markets, and cutting-edge galleries—with lots of leafy greenspaces and winding alleyways in between. It was also once home to the Aussie headquarters of Paramount Pictures Studios, which has since been transformed into a lifestyle hub that houses an indie cinema with a bar; a gourmet cafe; a rooftop rec club with a gym and spa; a wine bar; and, as of 2018, the charming Paramount House Hotel. Though they are all individual tenants, the spaces work together like one big family, with the cafe offering breakfast, lunch, and coffee via room service, and the rec club providing hotel guests with complimentary access to fitness, yoga, and Pilates classes. (The wine bar has plans to deliver selections from its small plates menu and 160-vintage-strong wine list to the guest rooms, too.) 

The rooms themselves range from cozy Nooks and mid-sized Sunny options to bi-level Lofts, each gorgeously designed in an industrial-chic style and outfitted with French linens, terrazzo-lined bathrooms, jewel-toned fabrics, and mini-bars stocked with locally sourced wines, beers, and snacks. (Lofts also have separate living areas and timber-encased bathtubs.) With rooms this warm and welcoming, it may feel hard to leave the building—lucky for you, there’s much to enjoy under one roof.

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AFAR Contributor
about 2 years ago

Paramount Pictures Building

Downstairs in the 1940s Paramount Pictures building in Surry Hills, Golden Age Cinema puts on cult and contemporary films as well as live music in a former military screening room. Before or after the show, sip on cocktails inspired by that day's movie—think whiskey for the music documentary Muscle Shoals, which is set on the Tennessee River. On street level, the Paramount Coffee Project is a big, sun-drenched space that specializes in artisan coffee, Asian-fusion food, and fun milkshake flavors like the Golden Gaytime. Draped in French linen, bohemian wall hangings, and wool blankets fashioned out of offcuts from Tasmania’s oldest mill, the boutique Paramount House Hotel opened in 2018, as did the wine bar, Poly, that occupies the ground floor.