This boutique hotel features the best accommodation in the area. It’s part of the Eight Hotels group (which also owns the Altamont and Kirkton in Darlinghurst and the Pensione in the CBD) and is undoubtedly the swishest addition to the set. A major feature is that all rooms have opening windows – this may not sound revolutionary, but in a city of air-conditioned high-rise towers, it’s quite a boast. Bells and whistles include 42-inch plasma-screen TVs, iPod docks and DVD and CD players. Some rooms have private courtyards with comfy furniture, while the Harbour View Room has just that, with the bridge bang centre. The Penny’s Lane restaurant is already a local favourite. Bar. Business centre. Concierge. Internet (high-speed wireless). Parking ($35). Restaurant. Room service. TV. $400-$1,100 per night. Rooms 76.