What is it? A tiny, eclectic boutique hotel disguised as a typical (if not brightly coloured) Sydney terrace house, Medusa is located in one of the city's most thriving neighbourhoods, Darlinghurst.
How is it unusual? This is the kind of place that celebrities are drawn to; the exterior is unassuming and barely hints at the warm welcome and lavish accommodation inside. The hotel's 18 guest rooms (across four opulent categories) are practical and spacious and each boasts a contemporary elegance complete with bold modern furnishings, including a chaise longue and a fully equipped kitchenette along with Ayeda toiletries and a DVD player. Many rooms feature breakfast nooks and views over an internal courtyard and lap pool.
What is there to do? People don't stay at the Medusa to lie in bed all day; its location is one of the hotel's biggest assets. It's within walking distance of the nightlife of Kings Cross, Oxford Street's cafes, Paddington's shopping malls and markets, the central business district, Hyde Park and Chinatown. Bronte and Bondi beaches are a quick cab ride away.
What's the bottom line? Deluxe rooms in September start from A$180 (HK$1,190), twin share.
Medusa is at 267 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst, Sydney, tel: 61 2 9331 1000; www.medusa.com.au.