Formerly a wool-storage facility, this four-story hotel was treated to a total redesign and refurbish in 2012 following its rebranding as an Accor McGallery property, which is a select portfolio of distinctive and individual hotels in Australia. Built in 1887 and converted into a hotel in 1989, the 59-room property has been stripped back to its foundations, exposing its original sandstone and brick. Everything is new from the carpets, beds, furniture, TVs, lighting and
bathrooms, however, it retains its historical character and the bar (Eric's) and restaurant (Scarlett) are named after a pair of ill-fated lovers—a sailor and the madam of a brothel that stood next door to the hotel site in the late 19th century. The new lobby resembles a library with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves lined with old tomes, historic photos grace the walls, and the cozy bar doubles as the check-in counter. Five room types range from heritage rooms to the top-floor harbour suite with glorious views of the Opera House. A lovely new inclusion is the courtyard terrace on the ground floor, filled with greenery and bathed in natural light.