Diamant Hotel: chic boutique hotel in Sydney

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When you go to Sydney for holiday or business, the first thing you need to decide is in which district to stay. Sydney is a very large city and spread out, like Los Angeles. I had been to Sydney before so on my most recent trip, I knew I wanted to stay in or near Darlinghurst, which is home to many cool cafes, restaurants, bars and shops. I don’t like the central business district (CBD) because it’s dead at night and has an impersonal feel. Neither do I like The Rocks which is next to the bridge because it’s too touristy, though the views onto Sydney Harbour and the Opera House are spectacular. Bondi Beach is too difficult to reach via public transport and hotels there charge too much money for what you get.

On my recent trip to Sydney in February 2010 I stayed at the Diamant Hotel located on Kings Cross Road, a block from the Kings Cross underground metro station, and a few steps away from Victoria and Darlinghurst Streets, which form the main thoroughfares of Darlinghurst. Victoria Street is packed with good restaurants and cafes; Kings Cross Road has many cafes, bars and a lively nightlife.

Our room at the Diamant was located in a corner unit with views across the city. There was a lot of light and because we were on the fourth floor, it was quiet. The Diamant’s decor can be described as contemporary with a lot of dark wood and neutral colors to give it enough warmth. The staff are very helpful and friendly. They suggested several places for lunch and dinner, all of which were excellent. The only negative remark I can make about the Diamant is its Internet policy: there is no Wi-Fi in the rooms. There is only wired access in guest rooms and you pay AU$20 per day to use it. The good thing is that Wi-Fi in the lobby is free of charge (but very slow). The Diamant does not serve breakfast, but Cafe Bondi is just up the hill on the same road and they have free, fast Wi-Fi, plus good healthy breakfasts.

I would stay again at the Diamant because it’s reasonably priced (we paid AU$175 per day) and the location is fantastic (only minutes from the best dining in Darlinghurst and a block from the Kings Cross metro station). You can walk to Potts Point, Elizabeth Bay, Rushcutters Bay, Wooloomooloo and the Botanical Gardens. The Diamant belongs to Eight Hotels group, of which the Kirketon – a boutique hotel in Darlinghurst – is a member.

Diamant Hotel
14 Kings Cross Road
Potts Point
Sydney, Australia
Phone: +61 2 9295 8888
www.diamant.com.au

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