New boutique hotel planned for Surry Hills

Russell Beard, of Reuben Hills cafe, is one of the men behind the new hotel.
Russell Beard, of Reuben Hills cafe, is one of the men behind the new hotel. Photo: Danielle Smith

With Longrain and Paramount Coffee Project already in residence and Melbourne restaurant Chin Chin a confirmed starter, the only thing missing from the tiny strip of Commonwealth Street north of Hunt Street is an achingly cool boutique hotel with a restaurant attached. Well buckle up, Surry Hills hipsters, it's coming.

The hotel is the brainchild of a creative trio, Russell Beard, from Reuben Hills cafe, Melbourne coffee entrepreneur Mark Dundon and property investor Ping Jin Ng.

The entrance for the yet-to-be-named hotel will be through the Paramount Pictures building, but it will occupy the neighbouring site.

The project is a long brew, with a planned 12-month build. Two extra floors are planned for the building, the finished hotel containing 30 rooms.

The trio is already in talks with a leading Sydney bar-restaurant operator about its ground floor space.

Beard says while comparisons between the project and the Ace hotel in Portland are flattering, he's keen for its design to have a local, approachable flavour.