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226 Victoria Street, Potts Point
Phone: (02) 9397 1777
The location At the intersection of William Street, Victoria Street, Darlinghurst Road, and Bayswater Road, the hotel is bang in the heart of Kings Cross.
The place The Superior Bay View Room is modern, with throws and curtains in a coffee colour of varying strengths, chunky glass lamp and a stone-top vanity. A wide window looks to the neon sign of the Bada Bing nightspot below and the yachts in Rushcutters Bay beyond. The funky restaurant and bar with white leather couches and tasselled dividers has a decent wine list and menu (Tasmanian salmon, John Dee sirloin). The buffet breakfast offers poached eggs made to order and generous platters of the freshest fruit. Passes for Fitness First ($5 a day) across the road are available from super-helpful staff.
The experience For a check on how close this lively area is to everything, head to the outdoor terrace for views of the Harbour Bridge, CBD and the city's green wedges. Walk to eateries such as Wilbur's Place (wilbursplace.com), Jimmy Liks (jimmyliks.com) and Bills (bills.com.au).
Don't miss Get your walking shoes on and head to Potts Point (six minutes) or the CBD via William Street (10 minutes), with a detour through Hyde Park. The Cook and Phillip Park Aquatic Centre (eight minutes, cookandphillip.org.au) has a wave pool and children's pools. A train from Kings Cross station, a stone's throw from the hotel, takes minutes to get to the city or Bondi Junction. For a two-hour education in the colourful history of the area - from the criminal to the bohemian - take a guided walking tour: meet at 6pm at the iconic Coke sign, on the corner of William and Darlinghurst roads ($40, twofeet.com.au).
Need to know
Cost: from $179 a night.
Location: Roughly 2 kilometres east of the CBD.
Wheelchair access: Yes.
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