by Casey Bressan

Little Albion Guest House

A hidden gem of whimsy in a creative cool neighborhood

Absolute Highlight

There is an electrifying sense of new energy within the old walls of Surry Hills. I loved walking around the area and coming home to this gorgeous yet unpretentious hidden gem.

In a nutshell

No. of rooms
The design aesthetic is...
modern whimsy
The typical guest is...
a seasoned traveler
The sustainability features (ie. plastic free, recycling, green wall, garden) are...
transitioning to plastic free room keys, straws and water bottles along with larger pump bottles in the showers.
The location is...
in Surry Hills, Sydney, where warehouses have given way to modernist flats.
Interaction is encouraged by....
communal breakfast, bar and an intimate rooftop terrace.
You should stay here because
the location, unique design and staff are five-star quality without the price tag.
What took you there?

I took my husband for a birthday weekend getaway.

What was your room like?

We arrived late on our first night and so we booked one night in a cosy room and one night in a master room. The cosy was very cosy, with a comfortable queen bed and an open plan bathroom with frosted glass dividers. The master was more sizable and recommended for longer stays. Whereas the cosy room encourages one to get out and explore the neighborhood, the master room may encourage you to tuck into the plush bedding on its king bed, lounge on the window seat and soak in sunlight, curl up with a book in its pink velvet chair, or enjoy a cup of tea at the marble table for two. Both rooms have blackout curtains and beds that are made for late morning lie ins.

What about the venue

The Little Albion Guest House has a rich history in Surry Hills. It opened its doors in 1903 as a convent and was purchased in 2015 when renovations began on the hotel. The original hoteliers worked with architects Terence Yong and Chris Haughton along with interior designers Connie Alessi and Cressida Kennedy to create a delightfully intimate and artistically eclectic boutique hotel while retaining the original facade. Stories of Surry Hills’ locals are told through oil paintings lining the interior walls alongside much racier modern works. After a night out at The Beresford in Surry Hills, I have to admit I could relate with these depictions of the morning after. Entering via a back lane, the hotel is a bit of a hidden gem. Just recently snapped up by The Crystalbrook Hotel Group, they’ve done a top-notch job of hiring the best talent to make one truly feel as though you are in a guest house rather than a hotel. The concierge acts more like a host and seemed to know anything we needed before we did, including a delightful recommendation to visit Chin Chin, after learning we love authentic modern Chinese food!

Tell us about the destination

Walking around Surry Hills reminded me of being back in my previous home of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. There is a sense of new energy within old walls of the gritty inner-city suburb. Converted warehouses and Victorian architecture give creative souls a base to define themselves through the reinvention of their surroundings. Little Albion Guest House is the epitome of this reinvention and creative power at its best, a perfect reflection of the neighborhood’s gentrification. The result is a harmonious blend of exterior grit and industrial chic interior design. The area is an ideal launching pad to explore greater Sydney as well. You are walking distance to some of the best and hippest restaurants in Sydney, including my favorite modern Chinese restaurant Chin Chin, 10 minutes to the central business district (CBD) where you can hop on a ferry to anywhere, 20 minutes from the beaches, 5 minutes from Centennial Park, and 15 minutes to the airport.

Who did you meet there?

Conversation flowed naturally over breakfast as the buffet and bar nook is at once intimate and welcoming. I exchanged travel stories and neighborhood tips with a couple from Oregon, USA who shared a love for well-appointed boutique hotels around the world. In the evening hours, the top shelf bar on an honor system allowed for groups to come together and discuss all of the important topics DIY cocktails encourage.

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