A hidden nook of comfort in the heart of the city
Simpson’s Hotel is a boutique B&B located in the historic, tree-lined Potts Point art deco district. Only a 20 minute taxi ride from the airport, easily accessible by car, and only a ten minute stroll from Kings Cross Station, Simpsons hotel could not be more conveniently placed.
Potts Point itself is a cosmopolitan, and beautiful suburb of the city, with some of the oldest terraced apartment homes in Sydney. It has an abundance of excellent restaurants, all within walking distance of the hotel. Also a stones throw away is a handful of iconic landmarks and things to see such as the Botanic Gardens, St Mary’s Catholic Cathedral, Parliament House, Boy Charlton Swimming Pool and, for those wanting some of Sydney’s nightlife and shopping action, it’s also walking distance to Oxford Street.
Within a kilometre, and easily accessible by Public Transport if you’d rather not walk, lies the heart of Sydney with the Opera House, Art Gallery, the Sydney Museum, the historic Rocks area and Circular Quay on the foreshores of the world renowned Sydney Harbour.
The building was initially erected in 1892 and is representative of the British Queen Anne style of the time, characterised by its nooks and crannies, red brick and moulded timber features. It was designed by John Bede Barlow, who was a notable turn of the century Australian Architect.
Barlow revolted against Victorian style ornamentation and instead advocated the use of colour and light in architecture, often derived from the use of natural materials. In terms of the original interior of the building, Barlow was influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement, which which stressed the beauty of native flora and fauna. When the property was restored in 1987, the ethos of Barlow was retained, with the current owners restoring the interior of the hotel in the same spirit in which it was designed.
They have indeed done a wonderful job. Stepping into Simpsons Hotel feels like stepping back in time, and whilst in the hotel it’s easy to forget your location in Sydney’s metropolitan, bustling heart.
When we arrived we were cheerfully greeted at the door and shown around the common areas downstairs which include the drawing room, library, and conservatory where breakfast is served. We were then taken up to our room on the second level.
Simpsons has 12 rooms available for guests, of different sizes and capacities and each of the rooms are individually decorated and furnished to carry district personalities.
At the top of the range is their Cloud Suite, which is fitted with a king-sized bed, two-person jacuzzi, and the option of a honeymoon package which includes chocolates and sparkling wine on arrival.
Next are the three Superior-King rooms, which are also fitted with king-sized beds and are very spacious. Two of these rooms come with a bath in the ensuite, and all can be configured as king singles.
Happily open to “hotel trained” children, Simpsons also offers two larger “family rooms” available which are fitted with a queen and a single bed, along with a double sofa bed and can accommodate families of four, or up to four adults.
The three queen and three dormer rooms are the smallest on offer, but are still large enough and more than comfortable for a couple. Queen-sized beds are plush and comfortable and ensuite bathrooms have all the necessary amenities. We stayed in a queen room for the night, and despite it being one of Simpsons smaller rooms, were thoroughly impressed with the atmosphere, size of the room and quality of amenities.
After taking showers and freshening up, we walked around the corner and were soil for choice on where to eat for dinner. Luckily, Ree had provided us with recommendations earlier as she showed us our room, so we took her advice and enjoyed a delicious Italian meal.
Meandering back to the hotel we decided to relax down in the drawing room where we had the pleasure of meeting some of the other guests who were currently staying at Simpsons. The nature of the communal drawing room encouraged conversation between guests, and we loved the friendly banter and atmosphere which was drawn from us all sitting and chatting about our travels, and what we had been spending our days doing whilst in Sydney. Another perk of Simpsons is the complimentary port and sherry on offer down in the drawing room. We enjoyed a glass or two of port ourselves, and when the other guests left for dinner, Marcus and I challenged one another to a game of chess.
The drawing room doubles as a library, with plenty of books on offer for guests to read at their leisure, and an open fire place is featured and would make a cosy addition in the colder months.
After a couple of hours playing chess, we made out way up to our room and enjoyed a very comfortable nights sleep.
The following morning we made our way down to the conservatory where the other hosts, Marie and Keith, cheerfully greeted all guests and offered tea or coffee along with the buffet of continental breakfast options. Again, we noticed that guests were chatting with one another and the hosts, and it truly felt more like an intimate home stay, than accommodation in a hotel.
Unfortunately, after enjoying our breakfast, we were ready to leave Simpsons and make our way back to the city to continue our adventure. We were given plenty of travel tips by Keith, including places to stop off on the way to break up our trip, and well wishes from all the other guests.
Whilst one night was lovely, Simpsons hotel is the perfect place for a longer stay. It offers a unique, cosy and intimate accommodation option where you truly feel at home with friends, even if these are people you’ve only just met, and will never see again.
A hidden gem in a beautiful city – Wind down and relax with old-style, quality hospitality and comfort.
First image courtesy of: Stilgherrian