The service industry has really been through some things lately. 'Shake up' doesn't even come close. Crowd-sourcing, app-ification, and hyper-localisation mean that the service industry we enjoy looks nothing like what our parents knew. And the latest offering from the team behind Paramount Coffee Project, Reuben Hills and Melbourne's Seven Seeds is a testament to this brave new world.
When it was announced back in August, Paramount House Hotel promised it wouldn't be a hotel in the traditional sense of the word. It won't be a glitzy chain where everything looks and feels the same no matter which country you're visiting. It aims to be an immersive local experience and give visitors a genuine slice of life in Surry Hills. And soon you'll be able to check it out for yourself — it's set to open on April 1.
The hotel is part of Paramount House, which currently houses Paramount Coffee, a co-working space and Golden Age Cinema. The downstairs cafe will act as the entrance to the new hotel lobby, and a two-storey extension will provide 29 rooms. The hotel will contain a rooftop gym and outdoor cafe — dubbed Paramount Recreation Club — and a brand new restaurant from Ester names Poly. (Yes, it'll do room service.)
"We hope to encapsulate the spirit of Surry Hills and offer the guest an immersive local community experience," said Ping Jin Ng, who co-owns the hotel along with Russell Beard and Mark Dundon. "We are considered but not staged, generous but not lavish and we will offer a memorable and inspiring stay — not just comfortable and slick."
The vision for the hotel has been realised by Melbourne architecture firm, Breathe. You may know them for their work on Seven Seeds, Brother Baba Budan, Host, the Collingwood Arts Precinct, The Commons and Transformer. It's connected two buildings on Commonwealth Street, added a copper-clad extension to the roof and decked it out with little luxuries like private terraces and generous spots of greenery.
Rooms start at $225 a night, and have a mini bar stocked with snacks from LP's Quality Meats and Tom Shobbrook wines, and Aesop products in all the bathrooms — of course.
Paramount House Hotel will open to guests on April 1, 2018 at 80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills. Bookings are now being taken at paramounthousehotel.com.