The first southern hemisphere hotel from the Ace Hotel Group has now opened in Surry Hills, Sydney – and it’s a looker.

Standing tall at 18 storeys high, and with 257 hotel rooms kitted out with guitars, in-room vinyl collections and custom robes designed by Deiji Studios, Ace Sydney is set to become the leading destination hotel in the city.

Architecture company Flack Studio has taken inspiration from the colours of the Australian desert, installing an ochre-red marble staircase from the lobby to level one. The public areas of the hotel have artworks by local artists Tony Albert, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Nadia Hernández and many others. Plus, there’s an homage to 1970s suburbia with a burnt orange and tan sunken lounge on the ground floor. A custom typeface was developed for the Ace Hotel, and you can see it featured around the property, including on the hand-crafted signage, which was completed by Studio Ongarato and local artisans.

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Lobby-level restaurant Loam is the first food and drink venue to open in the $350 million development. It’s a sister location to the restaurant at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. Led by executive chef Heidi Flanagan, the menu features vegetable-forward dishes with sustainable meats and seafood, all from the region’s independent farmers and producers. Think charred octopus, portobello tonkatsu burgers and brined-and-roasted Mandalong Valley chicken.

King of good times Mike Bennie, co-owner of drinks retailer P&V, who has shaped both Sydney and Australia’s dynamic drinks scene, is leading the drinks lists at the lobby bar – which will be open for walk-ins only. Open till 1am daily, it’ll also host art, music and cultural programming.

Opening in coming weeks is a laneway cafe and bar, Good Chemistry, located on Foy Lane. Its name pays tribute to the building’s history as the former factory and distribution centre of Washington H. Soul Pattinson Chemists. It’ll have an all-day menu of pastries, salads, toasties, and light bites, along with brews from Mecca Coffee and Tea Craft teas, as well as wine and beer.

Rooftop restaurant Kiln, headed by chef Mitch Orr, is set to open in the coming months.

High season rates start at $359.

Ace Hotel Sydney
47–53 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney.