Gone are the days when a serviced apartment close to the CBD meant a boring two room box, with a kitchenette and a laundry. Instead, think SMEG fridges, graffiti walls, panoramic city views, sprawling lounge areas, full size kitchens and pretty swanky ensuites.
ADGE Boutique Apartment Hotel has changed the way we think about short and long term accommodation in Sydney. Located in Surry Hills, ADGE is located on Riley Street, prime real estate just a few blocks down from Oxford Street, and only one block from Crown Street. Basically, it is almost smack bang in the middle of all the action, which means it’s quiet when you want some shut eye, but on the doorstep of literally dozens of top notch eateries, bars and shops. Add in the fact that it’s walking distance from the CBD, and we’re calling it the best of both worlds.
Sure, the rainbow coloured carpet and bold lighting might not be for everyone, but this is Surry Hills, where it’s ok to be a little bit different. And if they may be having fun with their decor, but the team at ADGE are very serious about service. Guests are greeted in the big, warehouse-esque lobby that sits in the bottom of the low rise, seven storey building. Bright pops of colour splash across the walls in a fun, cartoon-character inspired graffiti mural that sets the vibe of this fun, chilled out venue, but it’s all business as soon as check in commences. There are complimentary bottles of water for each guest, in room tablet and phone devices for making calls, and looking up local things to do, and a welcome cheese plate on arrival. Nighttime dessert platters are an extra special touch. Whether it’s help with the air conditioning, ice buckets or restaurant recommendations, the staff are quick to help. There’s even the option of pre-ordered groceries so you can arrive to a stocked fridge. Although, with several supermarkets just down the street, it’s easy to pop out and stock up yourself.
ADGE really is designed to be all about convenience, without sacrificing creature comforts. There are 12 suites, each with two bedrooms – but there are a few different configurations to choose from. The Loft Penthouse is a big, split level space with city views, another penthouse that’s single level and looks out to Sydney’s Eastern suburbs, and then standard suite options on the lower and upper floors. Some of the apartments have huge, L-shaped balconies that wrap around the space, so you can sit outside and watch the sun set over the city skyline, nibbling on your cheese plate, perhaps with a glass of bubbles or red wine. Every suite easily accommodates four people, and that’s with plenty of room to move in the open plan living and dining areas.
The hotel itself is attached to its sister property, the Cambridge Hotel, but has its own separate entrance, lobby and lifts. Staff will encourage guests to check out the award winning Italian restaurant that’s also a part of the building – Baccomatto Osterio is beloved by locals for its sophisticated pasta dishes and excellent small dishes. Other award winning venues just a hop, skip and a jump from ADGE include The Winery, which has a fairy light-strewn beer garden, fine dining restaurant and fabulous champagne bar, Chur Burger for some of Sydney’s best buns, Bills for famous ricotta pancakes and scrambled eggs, and Chin Chin, the brand new outpost of Melbourne’s famous Asian restaurant.
Whether you want a night in, or a quiet spot to rest your head after exploring the delights of Surry Hills, ADGE will ensure you’re well looked after.
Lisa was the guest of ADGE Boutique Apartment Hotel