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Accommodation overviewOur boutique properties located in Potts Point are just a short walk or train ride away from the centre of the Sydney CBD and Sydney Harbour. They are also walking distance to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Woolloomooloo Wharf and Oxford Street.
Choose between the chic, stylish rooms at Hotel Challis, the boutique charm of The Bayswater Sydney, Springfield Lodge set in a beautiful heritage building, the trendy rooms at The Maisonette Hotel, or the comfortable, budget-friendly rooms at Macleay Lodge.
All properties are easily accessible from the Airport or the Sydney CBD, by taxi; by train – disembarking at Kings Cross Station; or by the airport shuttle buses that service the area.
About the areaWith its tree-lined streets and abundance of cafes and bars, Potts Point is reminiscent of a European city. The area has a trendy, village vibe, and with many notable cafes and restaurants it’s a food lovers dream.
The specialty stores, boutique homewares and historical art-deco buildings, make exploring this unique area of Sydney an unforgettable experience.
Similarly to Potts Point, neighbouring Kings Cross has an abundance of dining options. Kings Cross, or simply ‘The Cross’, is also known for its lively nightclubs and chic bars and cocktail lounges.
Above the intersection of William Street and Darlinghurst Road is the iconic Coca-Cola billboard, usually referred to as the ‘Coke Sign’. The billboard was erected in 1974 and marks the entrance to Kings Cross.
On the corner of Darlinghurst Road and Macleay Street is the El Alamein Memorial Fountain. The Fountain was commissioned as a memorial to soldiers who died in 1942 during WWII, in two battles at El Alamein, Egypt. Since its addition in 1959, the Fountain has become a well-known landmark of Kings Cross and often serves as a meeting point for locals and visitors.
HistoryPotts Point and the surrounding area has a rich history, reflected in its grand Georgian mansions and architectural monuments built in the 1800s and early 1900s. The area was originally called Woolloomooloo Hill, but was renamed Potts Point by Joseph Hyde Potts after he purchased six and a half acres of land.
Kings Cross was once known for its grand theatres and music halls. However the area was transformed by the influx of WWII troops, returning to and visiting the nearby naval base at Garden Island.
In 1897 the intersection where the Coca-Cola billboard stands today was named Queen’s Cross, in celebration of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. This caused some confusion with Queen’s Square in the city, and so was re-named Kings Cross in 1905, after King Edward VII.
The area has since become vibrant with restaurants, nightlife, and of course – our boutique accommodation near Sydney’s CBD.