Ambassador Hotel Review – Establishment Hotel

- Kathy Lette, Author

Kathy Lette


Kathy Lette first achieved succès de scandale as a teenager with the novel Puberty Blues, which was made into a major motion picture by Oscar-winning director Bruce Beresford. Since then, she’s penned a plethora of bestsellers, including Mad Cows , Nip ‘n’ Tuck, Dead Sexy, and most recently, Men – A User’s Guide.


Smack in the middle of Sydney’s business district, the Establishment is abuzz with nightlife and beautiful people. Located a hop, skip and jump away from galleries, museums and shops, it’s an ideal spot for people who don’t list a water view as a priority. The hotel’s unexpected entrance (located down a somewhat seedy side-alley) adds an element of mystery that is surely appreciated by the booty-shaking fashionistas searching for the hotel’s top-flight nightclubs – Tank is a must-not-miss.

The converted, heritage listed warehouse has retained many of its classic features, including 16 cast iron columns and pressed-metal ceilings. I particularly liked the glazed atrium of the Garden Bar where breakfast is served. A truly unique architectural experience.

No one on the staff had a condescending chromosome in their body. All were young, energetic and bursting with enthusiasm. Happy, hearty, helpful staff, they simply could not do enough for me. (Whatever happy pills they’re taking, I want a prescription).

The way to a woman’s heart is definitely through her stomach; Peter Doyle’s inventive cuisine at the award-winning est restaurant was, love at first bite. Do NOT miss out on the mouth wateringly delicious desserts.

If you want to be in the hip, heart of the city and dance till dawn, this fun and fabulous, intimate, boutique hotel does exactly what it says on the box.

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