Hughenden Boutique Hotel, this grand old dame has a colorful back story: while it started out as a family residence in the 1870s, its incarnations include serving as a nurses home, dance hall and college for prostitution in georgia usa young ladies.
As the name suggests, Quay is located by the water, with floor-to-ceiling windows providing views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge and interior mirrors reflecting it all back to diners, who flock here year-round and jockey for a spot on New Years Eve.
Diamant Hotel, 2-14 Kings Cross Road, Potts Point; 61 (0) ; rooms from 169 per night Budget Sydney Harbour YHA This award-winning hostel has best of Sydney views of the harbor and access to Australias largest archaeological site, the Big Dig.Cure, smoke, ferment, pickle, repeat.Some suites are on the small side, but there are great add-ons, such as free gym passes, iPod docks in rooms and cheap Internet connections.Glasses of wine are in the same price range.Tiled floors, a swanky lounge area and red leather stools (with piano benches thrown in for no good reason other than theyre comfortable) all attempt to transport patrons to a bygone era.No harbor views here, but you won't need those when youre hanging at the cavernous Establishment Bar or the Ottoman-inspired Hemmesphere.The 29-year-old designs intimate tours aimed at making visitors feel like locals.Theyre also quick to point out the sights along the way and explain their significance.A team of sommeliers helps patrons navigate the extensive wine list.The ever-changing wine list (on a blackboard) covers each of Italys 20 grape-growing regions.
My Sydney Detour, 177-179 Lawson., Redfern; 61 (0) ; My Sydney Detour costs 189 per person for three hours More on CNN: Harbour Bridge climb guide "worried about heights" Shopping Paddington Shoppers will want to make a walk along Oxford Street in Paddington.
The Other Side (441 Oxford., ) stocks a mixed bag of brands, but focuses on the Australian line Three Over One, with its blue-and-white striped tops, green twill trousers and sweats (traditionally for men, now expanding to women).Marriott, 30 Pitt., Circular Quay; 61 (0) ; from 269 per night.Prices range from 6-16.Owners spent millions renovating the rooms in 2011, giving them a more modern feel (although the beds at the Shangri-la and Four Seasons are still better).Diners dismantle Benns elaborately prepared dishes with care.You can pick up Roo Balls for that special someone who needs kangaroo testicles (hair-covered scrotum included) attached to a bottle opener (30 or 100 for four).
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Wild and Benn worked at Sydneys top Japanese restaurant, Tetsuyas, for a number of years, so their interest in Japanese cuisine is woven through the menu.