Daily Life

A Neighbourhood Hotel in Sydney

3. August 2018

After four years in the making, Paramount House Hotel is now open. Its copper-clad roof shines on Commonwealth Street in Sydney’s Surry Hills, and signals the completion of a long-running restoration

A reformation of what was once the former warehouse and offices of Paramount Picture Studios

The hotel’s 29 rooms and atrium-style lobby blend heritage with new. Restored ceilings, windows and brick walls are complemented by fresh timber floors and terrazzo-tiled bathrooms.

Each room has its own sense of personality and design details, but all are dressed with French linen sheets, Aesop amenities, Seljak wool blankets and artwork curated by local gallery China Heights. Indoor and outdoor plants in all rooms speak to the hotel’s appreciation for detail and tactile experiences.

Guests can choose from Everyday or Sunny rooms. As well as Lofts and two spacious Mack Daddy suites. Lofts feature floor to ceiling glass windows and beds hovering above lounges via a mezzanine level.

Japanese-style timber baths feature in a selection of rooms. Wake up to a thermos of filter coffee hanging on your door as part of Paramount Coffee Project’s breakfast and lunch room service.

Paramount House Hotel is a design project by the Melbourne-based Breathe Architecture. It is the first accomodation offering by owners Russell Beard, Ping Jin Ng and Mark Dundon; a team formed through their love of hospitality. Together they run Paramount Coffee Project and Bondi Hall in Sydney, and PCPLA in Los Angeles. Beard runs the Surry Hills micro-roaster and cafe Rueben Hills. Dundon leads much-loved Melbourne coffee brand Seven Seeds.

This sense of hospitality extends to the hotel room mini-bars which are filled with LPs Quality Meats, Tom Shobbrook wines and more. A selection of drinks are provided to guests on arrival including a sour by the Marrickville brewery Wildflower.

Images: Tom Ross


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