The re-opening of the Kings Cross Hotel after six years of refurbishment
Old Girl Given New Life In The Cross
“The Cross” as many Sydneysiders like to call it, has been commonly known as the hub for backpackers, drug-dealers, prostitutes and alcoholics. No doubt they still linger, but Kings Cross come a long way – increasingly becoming a favourite hangout for many on the weekends with plenty of suave and funky bars scattered in this part of Sydney. It’s also home to the famous flashing red and white Coca-Cola sign – and sitting right opposite is the newly refurbished Kings Cross Hotel.
Years of restless anticipation are finally over. For the first time in 96 years, the building is licensed to operate all five levels of the Hotel, simultaneously allowing guests to enjoy a little bit of Sydney history in this newly chic looking building. The first floor is a restaurant serving up a selection of dishes from breakfast through to late-night supper seven days a week. But if you’re looking for something a little more casual then head up to the Hotel’s bistro on the next level. It has a variety of Mod Oz dishes infused with some Asian flavours for you to chow-down on.
Copperlilly Nightclub takes up floors three and four where you can dance the night away to some ‘90s hit Aussie rock. But if you want a place to just crash and lounge around with a few friends then enjoy some satisfyingly tasty cocktails served up from a shimmering bar that changes hue in the light up on the fifth level.
You can also hang out with a few mates while enjoying the nightly breeze on the Juliet balconies, where its floors have been replaced using recycled wood from the original building.
Originally built in 1913, the building has been through several owners and has suffered a number of closures but now (hopefully) it’s here to stay for many years to come. Welcome back, old girl. For more info, see www.kingscrosshotel.com.au