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The Altamont Boutique Hotel, Sydney, Australia

by Gaycation Magazine

Altamont Hotel

Darlinghurst is a Sydney neighbourhood which offers fresh and lively nightlife amongst its numerous cafes. It is also a great place to meet friends and just hang out during the day. Oxford Street is this community’s best known street,because it is thestarting point of the Annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade route every year in early March and for being known as the centre of the gay community in Sydney. Darlinghurst is situated in between Oxford and William Streets. Also,  ‘Little Italy’ can be found here circa Stanley Street. Along with nearby Kings Cross, Darlinghurst is always popular and the night life is always pumping. There are a number of historical buildings that are worth a look, but this area is primarily about the gay community. The area around Taylor Square, which marks the start of Darlinghurst, and the couple of blocks to the end of Oxford Street at Hyde Park is the main gay village.

Located in Darlinghurst the Altamont Boutique Hotel is the perfect home base to explore Sydney’s LGBT restaurant, bar, and club scene. The Altamont is moments from Oxford Street and Kings Cross train station. It’s a great value hotel with style and personality and an amazing location in the heart of Sydney’s most exciting and eclectic neighbourhood.

Lounge Area

The building which is now the Altamont Hotel, was originally modeled on the first Government House constructed on the site of the present Governor Phillip Tower in 1789. Renovated by award winning architect Furio Valich to provide luxury boutique style hotel accommodation, the original Colonial Georgian mansion has been preserved where possible whilst giving the whole building a post modernist edge. No boring hotel corridors here, rooms open onto an undulating communal street featuring a curved concrete wall. Many of the furnishings were custom designed and the whole effect is one of restrained and comfortable elegance. The present Loft Suite of the hotel was once the VIP Room for the Cauldron Nightclub and was accessed by a hidden stairway. This stairway was lowered from the ceiling into the club below to allow access to the secret VIP area and then retracted again ensuring the complete privacy of the many well known, and some times notorious, persons who frequented the club.

The hotel, like the nightclub before it, is the discreet haunt of many well-known personalities and celebrities. Including the likes of Madonna and The Rolling Stones. The name for the Hotel came about from the 1969 Rolling Stones concert at the Altamont Speedway. The Hotel and the original nightclub had been frequented several times by members of the Stones and so the name stuck!

Games Area

Hotel Facilities:

  • Guest lounge, bar, and rooftop garden.
  • Off street parking available (limited).
  • Same day laundry service and ironing facilities.
  • Pet friendly, no need to leave your 4 legged family members at home.
  • The Altamont encourages late check outs… so you can sleep in and relax on the day you leave (so Gay!)


  • A great room in a quirky hotel!
  • Queen or double size beds
  • En suite bathroom
  • HDTV
  • Individualised, custom designed furniture

Standard Rooms

Spacious rooms perfect for one or two.

  • King or queen size beds
  • En suite bathroom
  • HDTV
  • Individualised, custom designed furniture.
  • Air conditioning
  • Some with an internal courtyard

Rooms With Patios


This spacious room with king bed and six metre loft style ceiling is the most popular room. Just ask Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stones and countless Australian television personalities.

  • King bed
  • En suite bathroom
  • HDTV
  • DVD Player
  • Air conditioning
  • Three seater lounger
  • Walk in closet

Local Attractions:

  • The Gay Village
  • Oxford Street
  • Kings Cross Station
  • St Vincents Hospital
  • Museums
  • Shops
  • Galleries
  • Cinemas
  • Park & Harbour Bays
  • Town Hall
  • Central Business District
  • China Town
  • Darling Harbour
  • Circular Quay

Always Entertaining

Leafy, arty, shabby-chic Darlinghurst makes the perfect setting for this hip and budget-friendly hotel. Rest your head and recover from the hectic nightlife in Sydney’s most unique hotel, the Altamont.

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