Little National Sydney: a micro-hotel that packs a punch

They always say great things come in small packages and that couldn’t be more true for the Little National Sydney.

Nestled in the heart of the city on Clarence Street, the recently opened Little National Hotel is a nod to the rising trend of micro-hotels globally. With 230 guestrooms, the property is compact yet smart in its design. Conveniently located above Wynyard train station, guests are just a walk away from Barangaroo, Pitt Street Mall and Circular Quay.

Renowned Australian architecture firm, Bates Smart, were the creative minds behind the design, with a vision to provide everything you need, but nothing that you don’t. Refined and understated, without compromising on quality and space was the goal and they achieved that in spades.

The entrance is subtle, a large door blends seamlessly with the neighbouring high rises before opening to a small space at the base of the hotel with a single narrow desk – boy was I wrong to think this was the reception. Instead, I’m guided to take the elevator up to what is actually a surprisingly spacious lobby with oversized artworks and plenty of lounge seating.

Reception at Little National Sydney
For a small hotel, the reception is surprisingly spacious

Modern and high tech

The elevator itself delivers a glimpse of what’s to come. It’s modern, high tech and stylish with a scent of perfumed freshness, almost like a new car smell but softer. The corridor leading to my room is dark, lit by the numbers of each room and it feels quite futuristic.

Stepping into my room, that feeling continues, as the blind covering the floor-to-ceiling window rises automatically to reveal a view of city skyscrapers.

Nevermind the small room size, I’m too distracted admiring all the sleek features. A super king-sized bed stretches wall-to-wall directly under the window. There’s a small ledge built into the wall for all your bedside necessities as well as charging ports and a lighting control panel within arm’s reach. There’s s Bluetooth speaker in the ceiling and a smart TV mounted on the wall above the bed. It’s large enough to resemble watching a cinema screen, only this time, from the comfort of your bed.

Rooms at the Little National Sydney are compact with smart designs

The furniture is fairly limited. A small wooden table and chairs are along the wall beside an illuminated black cabinet with a minibar, tea set, coffee machine and hanging space. It didn’t take long before I discovered the Little National hotel robes and fell in love with how incredibly soft they are.

The white-tiled bathroom, stocked with Appelles Apothecary toiletries, features a rain shower and backlit mirror – great for applying makeup.

The rooftop bar is great for watching the sunset

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Spacious communal spaces

While the rooms may be small, the shared spaces at the Little National certainly make up for it. The top level is an expansive communal area with a study zone, a lounge room, a rooftop bar and outdoor seating.

The timber deck, complete with festival lights and greenery, is the perfect place to sit back with a cocktail and watch the sunset over the city skyline. While inside, velvet armchairs and plush lounges, surrounding a custom-built fireplace, will keep you cosy when the weather is bad.

A shared lounge centres around a fireplace custom-made for the Little National Sydney

While it thrives best at night, the top floor is also open to guests in the morning who want to enjoy a coffee in the sunshine or use the unlimited WIFI in the library.

There’s even an on-site gym with a range of state-of-the-art equipment if you wanted to workout during your stay.


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Eating in

As for dining, the only food available at the hotel is a small selection of bar snacks. For something more substantial, you’ll need to wander through the city streets. Luckily, some great Sydney’s restaurants are just a short distance away.

Alternatively, and in keeping with the times, the Little National are big on ordering in. Guests are encouraged to order Uber Eats, Menulog or Deliveroo and have it delivered to the hotel. The staff will then collect it on arrival and bring it right to your door with cutlery and crockery.

This was ideal during my stay. After sipping cocktails on the deck, time had slipped away and all my partner and I wanted to do was watch a movie while shamelessly eating dinner in bed (making sure not to spill anything on the crisp white sheets, of course).

Our food arrived with a knock on the door and as I answered wearing my fluffy robe, it all felt very indulgent. But hey, that’s what vacations are for right?

The Little National Sydney hotel bar
The Little National Sydney bar on level eleven

To celebrate its recent opening the Little National Sydney has a range of special deals on offer including their opening special which takes 10 per cent off the best flexible room rate. From $189 a night, you can enjoy overnight accommodation, a welcome glass of Moët Champagne in the rooftop lounge, and late checkout until noon.

Find out more: littlenationalhotel.com.au

Eliza Velk was a guest of the Little National Sydney.

All images © Romello Perira

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