Larmont Sydney by Lancemore
What We Love
- Pet-friendly courtyard rooms’ and suites’ balconies (with great skyline views)
- Offbeat location just outside the CBD
- MicroCloud bed toppers
What To Know
- WiFi in public areas is free, but it’s extra in guestrooms
- Bathrooms are clean but a bit cramped, and many don’t have tubs
- There’s no pool, spa or full-service on-site restaurant, but guests can use a nearby gym
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
The Diamant is like a best friend all dressed up for a night out on the town — which is good, given the hotel’s location at the top of William Street, right where party-hearty Kings Cross meets more genteel Surry Hills. Beneath the polished façade of stark black and white lines sits a moodily lit lobby and an imposingly monolithic reception desk; farther inside you’ll find bright splashes of color and a friendly young staff in this hip, minimalist hot spot.
Bed & Bath
Like the public areas, the guestrooms are a study in contemporary boutique hotel aesthetics, with a black-and-white palette that is accented by brightly colored headboards, patterned sections of walls and a Technicolor armchair here or there. Though some rooms are on the small side, the spaces are arranged with an uncluttered, shipshape efficiency, and they have plenty of room for full armoires and oversize work desks. Bathrooms are sparklingly clean and have glass walk-in showers, though the gray tile pattern is a bit drab. One real plus is the balconies on courtyard rooms; they extend the living space and frame postcard-worthy views of Sydney’s skyline.
With a mix of serviced apartments and suites (many with small kitchens) in addition to regular hotel rooms, the Diamant is more an upscale Sydney pied-à-terre for those in the know than a traditional hotel. Room service breakfast is available, but you won’t find a dedicated on-site restaurant or spa, and guests are directed to an outside gym.
In the Area
The Diamant’s main attraction is that it’s away from the other hotels that cluster in Sydney’s busy Central Business District and just a few minutes’ walk from trendy Darlinghurst and Surry Hills, where guests can do some damage to their credit cards while shopping the one-off designer boutiques on Oxford Street. The hotel is also just a short stroll from two of Sydney’s trendiest streets for restaurants and bars, Victoria and Crown, where you’ll find perennial favorites like the aptly named minuscule Pocket Bar, the always busy Gazebo Wine Garden in nearby Surry Hills and the eccentric British Raj–style Victoria Room, as well as the city’s best thin crust pizza at Lucio Pizzeria.
How to Get There
The hotel location is convenient, it's only few minutes walk from Kings Cross train station. I requested early check in as my flight arrived Sydney in the early morning, the hotel allowed me to check in early. That's a plus. The reception staff was friendly.
I reached out to Larmont Sydney to stay for one night. I am an 8 year local in the area and needed a place to stay for one night before a trip to New York. They were wonderfully accommodating, I followed up on their price match policy which they implemented, further there was a surprise upgrade to a spacious room on the top floor, with stunning views of the harbour. It is value for money and luxury in one of the best locations (I feel) Sydney has to offer.
A well laid out, clean and tidy hotel. We got upgraded so had a room with a great view and a neatly designed en-suite layout. There's a gym and there are yoga classes available too. The restaurant adjacent to the hotel provides breakfast and offers a pleasant selection.