Sydney Medusa Hotel

Updated: May 22, 2018

Medusa Hotel Sydney – a quaint, quirky and quiet hotel very close to Kings Cross.

Within strolling distance of Kings Cross (and its seedy bars and raucous clubs), the suburb of Darlinghurst is, in contrast, choked with leafy streets and restored terraced houses. One has been painted crimson and superbly renovated to become the boutique Medusa Hotel. From the reception, with its pink walls, stairs with red carpet lead up three levels to the spacious Grand Rooms, which feature high ceilings, a separate dining area, and colourful furnishings that don’t always match the overall 19th-century ambience. On the ground floor, the Deluxe Rooms face a courtyard with a ‘reflection pool’ (for looking, not swimming). Bright and compact, they contain a microwave and sink, but the bathroom needs some modernisation. The Medusa is ideal for those who want to enjoy the facilities of Kings Cross, but not stay in that rather dodgy and noisy area.

Medusa Hotel Sydney – The Basics

  • Location: 267 Darlinghurst Road, halfway between the dynamic areas of Kings Cross and Oxford Street.
  • Guests: Mostly for couples and small groups. With a strict maximum of two people per room, families are not really catered for.
  • Pets: Possibly allowed in certain rooms, with extra negotiable costs.
  • Views: Street views only at the front; of other buildings to the side.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Free for all guests.
  • Parking: None available. Management advises guests to leave cars elsewhere and take a train.
  • Nice Perks: Muffins and daily newspapers available for guests.
  • Phone: 9331 1000
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website:
  • How To Book: will have the best rates. Use the website specific to your language, currency, and home-country for easiest use: UKUSAFrançaisDeutschNederlands.

Medusa Hotel Sydney – Amenities

  • Pool, Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided in this historic, inner-city boutique hotel.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None.

Medusa Hotel Sydney – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Lounge/Bar: Not expected or provided.
  • Breakfast: A local café can deliver a simple breakfast if requested for an extra cost.
  • Room Service: Not expected or provided.

Medusa Hotel Sydney – Rooms

  • Room Types: Deluxe Rooms • Premium Deluxe Rooms • Grand Rooms
  • Smoking Rooms: By Australian law, smoking is forbidden within hotel buildings.
  • Best Room: The Grand Room features a modern bathroom and bedroom with old-world charm, some with views of the street.

Medusa Hotel Sydney – What’s Nearby?

Nearby Restaurants & Bars

Local Transportation

    Only a three-minute walk to the train station in Kings Cross.

Sydney Medusa – The Hotel

Colourful Front Entrance of Hotel Medusa Sydney

The hotel is brightly-coloured and along a shady street in Darlinghurst.

Colourful Hotel Medusa Sydney

With its brightly-painted facade, the Medusa Hotel stands out among other renovated terraced houses.

Reflection Pool at Hotel Medusa Sydney

The ‘reflection pool’ in the courtyard is not for swimming.

Room Décor of Hotel Medusa Sydney

The décor in all rooms is likably bright and cheerful.

Room Décor of Hotel Medusa Sydney

The colours inside the Deluxe Rooms match the overall contemporary vibe throughout the hotel.

Colourful and Funky Rooms at Hotel Medusa Sydney

The appropriately-named Grand Rooms feature a high ceiling, bright colours and funky furniture.

Small Courtyard at Hotel Medusa Sydney

Most rooms face or overlook a small courtyard, with a ‘reflection pool’.

Old Sydney Neighbourhood

Directly opposite the hotel is St John’s Church, a reminder of old Sydney among the trendy townhouses and posh eateries of Darlinghurst.

Odd Buildings on Darlinghurst Street

Oddly-shaped buildings result from the bizarre street layout in Darlinghurst, e.g. where Darlinghurst Road meets Hardie Street, just across from the hotel.

Darlo Pub opposite Hotel Medusa Sydney

Opposite the hotel is The Darlo, a friendly suburban pub with a bottle shop, restaurant and rooftop cocktail bar.

Seedy neighbourhood of Kings Cross

About 300m up Darlinghurst Road from the hotel, Kings Cross has a well-founded reputation for being seedy during the day, and sometimes, unsafe at night.

Kings Cross area

Parts of Kings Cross are nice enough, but take care at night.

Pleasant sections of Kings Cross

Some sections of Victoria Street, the main road through Kings Cross, are leafy and lined with appealing cafés.

Nightlife at Kings Cross

But Kings Cross is mostly known for its nightclubs, massage parlours and adults-only shops.

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