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Hotel Reviews: Little National Hotel, Barangaroo, Sydney

The Little National rooftop lounge in Wynyard in Sydney’s CBD. Photo / Little National Hotel, Fourni

Juliette Sivertsen explore Little National, a stylish city hotel in the heart of Sydney

Site: Clarence St, right next to Wynyard station.

Style: Smart, affordable luxury with smart design in a prime location.

Perfect for: Business trips or gourmet getaway to discover the city’s waterfront restaurant district, Barangaroo.

First impressions: Little National has a low-key entrance that my cab driver almost missed. The ground floor has a tiny concierge area with a green ceiling, jazzy lighting, and relaxing music. From there, guests take an elevator to the reception, which is a large contemporary space with oversized artwork, a seating area, and a desk with iPads lined up next to the Eftpos machines for those wishing to s ‘check in / out electronically. However, the staff at the main reception were beautifully excited to see me – a Kiwi traveler – having only had guests from Australia since it opened in September 2020.

Even the elevator system is smooth – a swipe of the key card displays a touchscreen revealing which floors you have access to and which of the four elevators you need to take to get to your destination.

Rooms: The rooms are compact but chic, contemporary in design, and well-lit with wooden furniture and white linens. The gem of every room might just be the comfy sleeping nook and the bespoke Arms of Morpheus Super King bed tucked up to the window. I’m not kidding when I say it was like sleeping on a kingdom of marshmallows. In fact, those who fall in love with the bed can even purchase their own version through a link on the hotel’s website.

Rooms are compact but well designed at Sydney's new hotel, Little National.  Photo / Little National Hotel, Fourni
Rooms are compact but well designed at Sydney’s new hotel, Little National. Photo / Little National Hotel, Fourni

On the 9th floor, my window looked west on a collection of tall buildings rather than landmarks or a waterfront setting, but was beautiful for enjoying the colors of the evening sunset.

Everything you need is right at your fingertips, including buttons for electronically pulling blinds and blackout curtains and a variety of different light settings. There’s even a curated Little National Spotify playlist that you can play through the room’s bluetooth speakers from your phone. Be sure to slip into the luxurious bathrobe while reading the in-house Little National Editorial.

Bathroom: Slim but well lit, with a large mirror that has a separate backlight. The shower is a reasonable size with a rainfall showerhead option; wash with Appelles Apothecary & Lab hair and body products.

Food and drink: The rooftop bar is the perfect place to relax, especially on a sunny afternoon or balmy evening, or head to the cozy lounge on cooler nights. There is no hotel restaurant on-site, but you can order snacks, including traditional Australian cuisine, Jaffle (a toast), at the bar. There are a myriad of great Sydney restaurants for breakfast, lunch, and dinner just a pop, skip, and pop. If you really want to stay, you can order Uber Eats at the hotel and have it delivered to your room.

In the room, guests receive a selection of T2 teas and sleepy tea to fall asleep at night, or Nespresso pods and a machine to start the day. There is a virtual minibar service that can be used through the iPad above the bed, which offers a range of alcoholic drinks, snacks, and other refreshments.

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea and a copy of the hotel's newspaper, Little National Editorial.  Photo / Juliette Sivertsen
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea and a copy of the hotel’s newspaper, Little National Editorial. Photo / Juliette Sivertsen

Installations: Wi-Fi is included and there are multiple outlets, USB ports, and reading lights. A smart TV is mounted on the wall above the foot of the bed and the bedrooms are equipped with Chromecast.

Next to the rooftop bar you’ll find a modern work / study area with plenty of desk space, charging ports, and free Nespresso.

The gym is open 24/7 and is a spacious Technogym with all the latest fitness equipment. The DOMA Wellness application connects to all Technogym equipment to allow you to follow your sessions and your results.

In the neighborhood: Wynyard Station is right next door, which means it’s easy to get to and from the hotel by public transport. On foot, you’re a five-minute walk to the newly opened Barangaroo district, which has transformed Sydney’s western CBD waterfront. Once a disused container dock, it is now a bustling area with waterfront restaurants, bars, shops, beautiful boardwalks, and a restored reserve rich in Indigenous cultural history.

The Rocks and Circular Quay are just a 10-minute walk away, as are Pitt St Mall and Queen Victoria Building Mall.

Friendly and family: Little National rooms can only sleep two people, so it’s the perfect place for adults-only or solo getaways.

Accessibility:There are no stairs to the hotel and there are elevators up to the floors with a clear path. Some rooms are larger and have an accessible bathroom with a roll-in shower and extra space around the bed.

Durability: The slippers are “Seedling Sole” – natural, plant-based and biodegradable. The hotel encourages guests to reuse towels and uses Who Gives A Crap toilet paper, which helps improve sanitation and sanitation facilities in developing countries.

Details:From AU $ 219 per night, littlenationalhotel.com.au


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