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Syd­ney’s hippest new ho­tel rolls out a movie star wel­come to guests.

the Hol­ly­wood Hills at Paramount House Ho­tel, an ar­rest­ing new Syd­ney lodge with cine­matic pres­ence. Named for the iconic movie stu­dio and the one-time film ware­house it oc­cu­pies, the in­ner-city prop­erty is equal parts luxe and louche. The ex­te­rior of the her­itage build­ing has been crowned with a dra­matic zigzag-shaped cop­per ex­oskele­ton, while the in­te­rior, dot­ted with taxi­dermy, pot­ted plants and orig­i­nal art, has been in­ven­tively decorated. Guests en­ter the lobby by am­bling through a cafe as busy as a film set. The el­e­va­tor is wrapped in a Wes An­der­son-like pink wall­pa­per.

The ho­tel’s 29 rooms, hatched by Mel­bourne ar­chi­tects Breathe, con­tinue the film theme. I stayed in a ’Mack Daddy’ suite, pimped out with a metal­lic ar­moire, blush-coloured sofa, and art­works from China Heights gallery. My bed was dressed in plush linen sheets from Cul­tiver, and I had ac­cess to a sun-dap­pled en­closed ter­race. A Ja­pa­nese soak­ing tub was an un­usual but wel­come ad­di­tion to the en­suite. The mini­bar was equipped with gourmet treats, in­clud­ing salami from LP’s Qual­ity Meats, cof­fee from Seven Seeds and cock­tails from Con­ti­nen­tal Deli.

Many ho­tels as­pire to be a draw for both lo­cals and tourists, but Paramount re­ally does de­liver. The top floor has a health club and out­door gar­den cafe, while the art-house Golden Age Cinema & Bar has long graced the base­ment. Open­ing this sea­son is a new restau­rant from Ester’s Mat Lindsay. Dubbed Poly, the venue is Lindsay’s ver­sion of a mod­ern wine bar. Ex­pect fin­ger food such as tea-smoked Pa­cific oys­ters and small plates cooked over char­coal, as well as or­ganic and nat­u­ral wines. It will be a scene.

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