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Larmont Sydney Review: Bright Lights, Big City


It’s not the most naturally picturesque tourist district, but there’s a reason people who visit Sydney choose to stay in the Kings Cross/Darlinghurst district. Whether your particular brand of after-dark fun involves leisurely upmarket dining, all-night clubbing or racier shenanigans, the Cross delivers. For me, it was the proximity to the city to attend a conference, but preferring the vibrancy of the precinct as opposed to the formality of CBD hotels.

The Location

Located at the top of William Street behind the glow of the iconic Coca-Cola sign, Larmont Sydney presides over the whole lively scene. Chatting with the General Manager, David Mills he tells me how the area has changed dramatically since the lock-out laws were introduced in Kings Cross resulting in a safer and more enjoyable experience for all. It’s also close to all the major car rental outlets, making picking up wheels for urban exploring a breeze.


The Room

With rock star glamour and location to match, Larmont Sydney is a great choice for business or leisure travellers.  This boutique hotel, recently taken over by the Lancemore Group has 76 rooms and suites and has plans for further refurbishment.

Our Executive View room is designed in minimalist; chic décor with a patterned feature wall keeping the look from becoming too stark. A large work desk runs the length of the window with views of the distant harbour bridge beyond. Free WiFi, makes working a dream at the Larmont.

The King bed has luxurious down pillows and Microcloud topper ensuring a good nights sleep and ideal vantage point to watch the 42-inch plasma. After an exhausting day, I raid the minibar and indulge in a replay of Pretty Woman and veg out in front of the TV or “be still like vegetables, lay like broccoli” as Julia Roberts would say. Bliss!

Completing the city chic look is a well-appointed, modern en-suite with spacious glass-walled shower and Appelles amenities.

Also, if you don’t want to leave your pampered pooch at home on your next city stay, book a courtyard room as the Larmont is a dog friendly hotel.


The Experience

With Potts Point, Kings Cross & Darlinghurst literally on your doorstep, you’re spoilt for choice with where to wine, dine or dance the night away.

I love the Darlinghurst neighbourhood and head to my favourite local breakfast haunt Latteria. It is incredible what this hole in the wall café can produce from such a tiny, barely there kitchen. Sit inside and watch the staff navigate the tiny space like a choreographed dance routine or grab an outside table and watch the colourful characters of Darlinghurst wander by.

Wander in the other direction and you’ll find another old faithful, Fratelli Paradiso. The vibe rests somewhere between a café, wine bar and restaurant where dining alone with the paper or meeting friends for an evening glass of wine, fit equally comfortably.

Other dining options to consider include The Apollo a great neighbourhood Greek taverna bringing the flavours of the Mediterranean to Potts Point. Or try Monopole where it’s all about share plates and an exquisite drinks list at this contemporary Australian eatery at the site which once housed Sailors Thai.

Finish with a nightcap at The Roosevelt channelling 1950’s New York style with art deco design, leather banquets; candle lit tables and vintage cocktails.


Don’t miss

Gelato Messina. Since opening in Darlinghurst in 2002, Sydney has been swooning over Gelato Messina with frequent queues snaking out the door. Believe me, it’s worth the wait.

The Verdict

If you haven’t been for a while, it’s time to revisit this hot spot. Perfectly positioned to capture the fun of Potts Point, Kings Cross & Darlinghurst yet just a stroll to the CBD. Larmont Sydney mixes business and pleasure in equal measure with style.

Larmont Sydney from $169 per night including free WiFi.

Book with and receive a complimentary upgrade when you quote “bright lights, big city” in your booking notes. Offer applies for new bookings made at Larmont Sydney on alluxia until 31 May 2015, subject to availability.

The writer was a guest of Larmont Sydney.

Image credit: Larmont Sydney, IG @alluxia, Concrete Playground, Gelato Messina.

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