Medusa Hotel in Sydney, Australia

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Updated: January 11, 2022

• Location: Darlinghurst Road.
• Hotel website:
• Hotel phone: +61 (0)2 9331 1000
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Review of Medusa Hotel Sydney.

The boutique Medusa features colorful and spacious rooms close to Kings Cross.

Medusa – 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, full of lush, green streets and restored terraced houses. One such house has been painted crimson and superbly renovated to become the boutique Medusa Hotel. From the reception, with its pink walls, stairs with a red carpet lead up three levels to the spacious Grand Rooms, which feature high ceilings, separate dining areas, and colorful furnishings complementing the overall nineteenth-century ambiance. On the ground floor, the Deluxe Rooms face a courtyard with a ‘reflection pool’ (for looking, not swimming). Bright and compact, they feature microwaves and sinks. The Medusa is ideal for those who want to enjoy the facilities of Kings Cross without staying in that rather dodgy and noisy area.

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Medusa – The Location

  • Area: Darlinghurst Road, halfway between the dynamic areas of Kings Cross and Oxford Street.
  • Address: 267 Darlinghurst Road.
  • Nearest Transport: Bus – Victoria St at Liverpool St (150m).
  • Handy to: Hyde Park, Kings Cross.

Medusa – The Basics

  • 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.
  • Parking: None available. Management advises guests to leave cars elsewhere and take a train.
  • Nice Perks: Muffins and daily newspapers available for guests.
  • How to Book: will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +61 (0)2 9331 1000
  • Email:
  • Website:

Medusa – Amenities

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

Medusa – 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 – Rooms

  • Room Types: Deluxe Room • Premium Deluxe Room • Grand Room • List of all 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 – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars

    There are endless choices in Kings Cross, while these are very close by in Darlinghurst:

  • Black Bottle – Mediterranean-style setting, famous for platters, oysters and wines.
  • Johnny Goes Italian – Intimate cafe for delicious seafood and wine.
  • 169 Darlinghurst – Corner location with contemporary cuisine; perfect for people-watching.
  • Royal Sovereign Hotel – The Darlo is a renowned suburban pub with affordable meals and a rooftop bar.

Local Transportation

  • Only a 3-minute walk to the train station in Kings Cross.

Medusa – The Hotel

Colourful Front Entrance of Hotel Medusa Sydney

The Medusa hotel is brightly-colored 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. Check rates and availability: Medusa

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