229 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst
Tel: 02 9332 2011
Originally designed by Burley Katon Halliday, this 40-room boutique hotel was acquired by the Eight Hotels group in 2008, who commissioned designer Connie Alessi of Edge Design to rework the interiors and conjure up something reminiscent of a Parisian boutique hotel. Alessi went with moody boudoir chic for the hardwood hallways, which are painted a dramatic scarlet colour, while guest rooms are furnished simply with leather lounges and recurring tones of gunmetal grey with silver gilded mirrors. Located a hop, skip and a stumble from the naughty red light playground of Sydney’s King’s Cross, the Kirketon will appeal to the night owls more than the throw-open-the-curtains-at-6am-type guest. Give in to the temptation to indulge in the area’s chic restaurants, plentiful bars and nightclubs – there’s no need to fear blinding morning sunlight and traffic noise as all rooms have heavy drapes and double-glazed glass. If you’re spending a night in, service is discreet, effortless and professional, with familial touches like DVDs to watch on LCD televisions and in-room dining available courtesy of the area’s many restaurants. Passes to the Fitness First gymnasium down the road come with the room – you might need them after a night guzzling cocktails at Eau de Vie, one of Sydney’s hippest cocktail bars, located conveniently (read: dangerously) just downstairs.
Taken from Hg2 Sydney by Michelle Wranik, out April 2011
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