New 25hours hotel Paddington

Rebecca Varidel
17th Nov 2023

Paddington's treasured West Olympia Theatre is in the midst of an incredible transformation, evolving into Sydney's inaugural 25hours hotel. Set to open in December 2024, the hotel will boast 109 luxurious guest rooms, a breath-taking rooftop bar, a serene central courtyard, eclectic restaurants and cafes, live music facilities, a wellness offering and ground floor retail.

The building is slated for an adaptive re-use project that involves renovating its facades and transforming it into an upscale boutique hotel that honours its past use. The project aims to delve into the history of the arthouse cinema and pay tribute to the rebels and dreamers who were part of its story. By celebrating their narrative, the hotel will provide a unique and memorable experience for guests.

Under Ennismore’s 25hours hotel brand, which sits within the Accor portfolio, the brand-new 109 room hotel will be uniquely characterised by its locale – reflecting the diverse creative and cultural scene of its neighbourhood and local community. 

As it embarks on a new era, the 25hours hotel Paddington will consist of a ground floor café, destination restaurant and bar, four levels of boutique hotel accommodation and a spectacular rooftop bar that overlooks Oxford Street, Sydney's eastern suburbs and harbour. There will also be three ground floor and subterranean retailers including a wellness facility, and a large, beautifully landscaped central courtyard that will sprawl across the site, host live events and be visible from the street.

CE will transform the historic 1 - 11 Oxford Street Paddington into its first lifestyle precinct.

The site started off as Marshall’s Paddington Brewery before being replaced by West’s Olympia Pictures un 1911 – a destination for movie lovers for nearly 50 years. In the 90’s it was home to the Grand Pacific Blue Room – one of Sydney’s hottest nightclubs. The building will undergo adaptive re-use works that involves restoring and integrating the West’s Olympia Theatre’s iconic façade into the new upscale boutique hotel that will honour its past use under the creative direction of award-winning architect Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, an expert in heritage projects.