Art Deco can be a pretty cool thing when done right. Normally you’d have to travel to New York or Paris to get a true taste of the straight lines and opulence that exemplifies real Art Deco design, but no longer! Check out the Primus Hotel Sydney, an authentic experience of Art Deco glamour in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.
Primus is a five-star hotel that has been beautifully crafted out of the former Sydney Water Board HQ, a magnificent 1930’s piece of architecture. Let’s get one thing straight, this place is classy. Walking into the lobby is an awe-inspiring experience. Your eyes are met with an expanse of soft white walls, classic leather furniture coupled with a generous use of copper. This is juxtaposed with the three-story ceiling suspended by red marble columns, which adds to a rather glamorous first impression.
The lobby houses the hotel’s fine dining restaurant “The Wilmot” with adjoining cocktail bar, and plenty of comfortable general purpose lounge areas. The lounges are arranged in groups of three or four seats, which would be great for personal conversations or planning out your trip.
As the building was not constructed to be a hotel, everything is a touch larger than you’d expect from a hotel.
As guests of the hotel, we arrived a bit early so we decided to check out the lobby bar. Feeling a little peckish, we ordered the Gentleman’s High Tea. What is a Gentleman’s High Tea you ask? Think High Tea with all of the ceremony and service that accompanies it, but swap out the dainty cucumber sandwiches for sliders, oysters kilpatric, fried chicken, meat pies… A High Tea tailored to gents. The menu is the brainchild of Executive Chef, Ryan Hong, who has infused Korean flavour profiles into these satisfying western staples.
The bar is a destination in itself. Not just for the cocktails but the food was also exceptional. The hotel is only 6 months old so the bar didn’t get too busy throughout the evening. Which is great as this provides an opportunity to escape the crowded and loud bars that are so common in Sydney’s CBD. This is the kind of place you could sit for hours, chatting over drinks with your compatriots. If you’re not sure where to start, I highly recommend the Espresso Martini.
Well fed and watered, we checked in and headed up to our room. The strong impression made in the lobby is well carried over into the room. The room was generously sized and well designed. The straight lines that iconify Art Deco style unified the room. The use of dark greys and reds gave the room a real sense of comfort and luxury, without feeling heavy.
When we checked-in the staff mentioned that there was a rooftop bar and pool. Unfortunately, it was a bit too nippy to justify going for a dip, but we still went and had a little peak. Come summer time, this will be a great destination for drinks by the pool.
Location & Service
Primus Hotel is close to Town Hall Station on Pitt St. This puts it in a prime position for accessing Sydney’s nightlife and there a plenty of fantastic dining and entertainment options nearby. The service during our stay was fantastic. The hotel staff were attentive without being overbearing, and we didn’t want for anything. Would we go back? In a heartbeat.