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Wednesday 2 February 2022

Meet Sydney's newest boutique hotel

A new boutique hotel has opened its doors in Sydney - inspired by the people and past of its local neighbourhood.

Aiden Darling Harbour is a compact 88-room hotel with a local edge to its design, art, food and beverage options and room features.

The hotel is located in a remodelled 1930s Art Deco building in Sydney’s harbourside village of Pyrmont.

Interiors of the eight-storey hotel draw on textures and hues from the area, such as the Sydney Harbour blue of its plush velvet bedheads, fluted glass-inspired by shapes of Pyrmont Bridge situated opposite, and a 200-piece sculptural light in the lobby emulating dappled sunlight through Eucalyptus leaves.

Aiden Darling Harbour’s rooms feature locally-made furnishings including "super comfy" Sleepmaker beds and vibrant murals of native flora hand-painted by artist in residence Jessica Le Clerc.

Select rooms have exclusive views of an otherwise hidden 25-metre-high "evergreen" mural of lush subtropical rainforest.

In the ground floor lobby and Wayfarer’s Bar & CafĂ©, guests can discover the hotel’s signature botanical fragrance from candles handmade by Pyrmont local Em Cook, while enjoying croissants from Pyrmont’s PiOiK Bakery, Staves Beer brewed in the next door suburb of Glebe, wine from an all-Australian list, and custom-bottled cocktails mixed with local spirits.

Guest experiences include an exclusive local walking tour with Local Sauce and a private luxury sailing expedition with Sydney By Sail.

Aiden Darling Harbour has been created by well-travelled Sydneysider Nicolas Chen, with Pyrmont local Michael Sharp as general manager.

Modern touches include complimentary wifi and Chromecasting, ready-to-fill fridges replacing minibars, digital room keys and luxury in-room items like Dyson hairdryers.

The hotel has opened with 42 guest rooms, with an additional 46 being finalised with soft furnishings for stays from April 2022 including several with private open-air balconies.

To celebrate its opening, Aiden Darling Harbour is offering a special opening rate from $249 per night. For more information and reservations, visit

Sounds like one I'll be checking out next time I am in Sydney.

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