Hotel entertainment in New South Wales
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Built in 1841, this boutique sandstone pub has its own brewery (try a pint of Nelson’s Blood), and is just far enough from The Rocks’ tourist throng. Rooms are elegantly colonial, with stripy sheets, stone walls and dormer windows – the owners have resisted the urge to spew flowers and lace all over the place. Most of the nine rooms are spacious and have en suites; there are also cheaper, smaller rooms with shared facilities.
With the ferry right on the doorstep and amazing harbour views, this is a winning spot to base yourself for a few days to keep the city accessible but at arm’s length. Yes, it is a pub, but expect boutique hotel features (such as comfy beds, crisp linen, slick en suites) rather than pub accommodation. Noise from the bar doesn’t seem to penetrate.