When you can't escape the city, the Lamont offers a sanctuary above
Not many equate Kings Cross with calm. But it’s where you’ll find this soothing bolthole ideal for those seeking respite from the urban hustle, writes Elizabeth Meryment
Sydney feels different when observed from above.
On a Friday evening when the inner-city mania reaches its peak at street level, the atmosphere on the upper floors of Larmont Sydney is somewhat calmer. The snail-like crawl of the traffic up William Street from the city to the East loses its edge, becoming more soothing than frustrating. The distant sound of angry horns blaring below is now nothing but a reminder that here you have reached a better place; a place where the city instead offers a background of pleasant promise, rather than a prison worthy of escape.
Perhaps it helps that the Larmont — on Kings Cross Road right near the Coke sign, yet with an odd suburb address of Potts Point — offers a very different perspective on the city than most CBD hotels. From our top-floor suite we look east over the spindly masts of a hundred yachts moored at Rushcutters Bay, and north across the harbour to Cremorne Point. Other rooms peer down William Street, the slight rise of the Darlinghurst ridge affording a tippy-toe position above the city.
The Larmont is a new hotel that has slipped into the body of an old one: the former Diamont Hotel was bought by the Lancemore boutique hotel group and refurbished. Design group Hassell Studios transformed it into a contemporary urban oasis of 76 suites and 27 guestrooms.
The feel is modern, functional and luxe, with thoughtful touches including a clubby little reading room/library on the ground floor stocked with dozens of quality magazines; access to the adjacent BodyMindLife studio for complimentary yoga; a mini bar loaded with true luxuries including bottles of Dom Perignon; and the onsite The Hyde cafe offering cracking breakfasts taken in the dining room or (my preference) via room service.
There’s a luxury to the rooms’ appointments, too. The bathroom of our top-floor suite features both a deluxe-sized bath and a rain shower. Could there be anything better on a Friday night after a hectic week than bubbles in and out of a oversized bath? Hardly.
Some may find the central location lends itself to a journey into Potts Point proper for dinner — Ms G’s, The Apollo, Cho Cho San, Fratelli Paradiso, and plenty more are within strolling distance. Others may prefer to while away their evenings here drifting in the clouds above the angry streets below. Depends on your perspective.
Elizabeth Meryment was a guest of Larmont Sydney
2/14 Kings Cross Rd, Potts Point
9295 8888; lancemore.com.au/larmont
Rooms from $299 per night