While homes-as-accommodation continue to rise in popularity, the hybrid hotel hasn’t yet had its heyday. A by Adina Sydney, in the true heart of the CBD, is living proof that the luxury of a hotel and the intimacy of home can be seamlessly merged. Read on for the full review.
Alongside the homey convenience of kitchenettes and pod-powered coffee machines, A by Adina Sydney’s sleek rooms reach beyond the requisite with thoughtful touches such as Dreamcatcher beds, designer teapots and indulgent Hunter Lab amenities. Even the killer hotel bar, Dean and Nancy on 22, has a warmth about it (even if it does seem a little like a backdrop to a scene from Mad Men). Staying here feels a little like coming home.
Where is A by Adina Sydney?
A by Adina is located on Hunter Street, near to CBD’s main vein of George Street. It’s a 20-minute drive from Sydney International and Domestic Airports.
What’s near A by Adina Sydney?
In the very centre of the CBD, A by Adina is within easy walking distance from all the main attractions. It’s a 10-minute walk to the dining district of Barangaroo and Circular Quay (for excellent harbour views and transport options beyond the city). It’s also just five minutes walk from Martin Place and a few tram stops from the bustling shopping district of Pitt Street Mall.
Room types range from Studio Room King to Destination A One Bedroom King, the premium offering of a one-bedroom apartment with extras such as a la carte breakfast and flexible check-in/out, as well as impressive views of the city. All room types include kitchenettes with cooktops, mini fridges and washing machines.
Restaurants and bars
Dean & Nancy on 22 is the hotel’s moody, retro-themed bar 22 levels up. Enjoy jazzed-up bar snacks such as kewpie-slathered lobster rolls or chorizo-stuffed croquettes while ensconced in a sleek leather booth overlooking the skyline. In-room dining supplied by Dean & Nancy on 22 (or nearby Hunter House for breakfast) is also available.
Travel for work
Wi-fi at A by Adina Sydney is unlimited, free and available in all rooms. All room types also include a small table alongside built-in couch seating for ad-hoc working.
Spa and gym
A by Adina Sydney’s 10-metre heated mineral lap pool and gym facilities are located on level 21, bordered by expansive views of the city. While the pool is open from 5am to 10pm, the gym is open 24 hours and includes a Peloton bike, weight and elliptical machine, with large windows making the most of skyline glimpses.
What you need to know
Don’t just hop up to Dean & Nancy on 22 for the two-storey tall windows: the bar is another creation from the famed Maybe Sammy team and, as such, one you don’t want to miss. You’ll see the genius of this hospitality group in the carefully-considered cocktail menu with wildly-inventive ingredients (lapsang tea, carrot shrub and lemon sorbet all feature).
Best for: A long weekend
Design: Contemporary cool
Number of rooms: 194 studios and apartments
Rates: From $228.74
Wi-fi: Free and fast
Parking: Available at Secure Parking
Address: 2 Hunter St, Sydney NSW 2000
Telephone: (02) 9182 9500
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