Hotel Morris Has Opened As The CBD’s Newest Boutique Spot & Bar

Play, Sydney / 13 June 2023

With 82 bedrooms and an evocative bar serving up Italian influences with Australian heritage.

Looking for a weekend getaway without heavy packing? Hotel Morris is your next ideal destination, offering an escape close to home! The new boutique hotel just opened its doors earlier this week, led by word leading hospitality group Accor. It’s one of the first Handwritten Collection hotels in Australia, where thoughtful details are plenty and experiences are design-led and guest centric. From a welcoming beverage upon check-in to the Bar Morris bill ritual, where rolling the dice grants you a chance at a complimentary Amaro nightcap, every moment is tailored to leave a lasting impression. 

Customise your stay experience with 82 boutique bedrooms, all enveloped with warmth and designed in a timeless art deco style. There are six variations to choose from inspired by Australiana influences – golden mustard tones, accents of Jarrah wood and custom-made furniture with Calacatta and blue Roma marble. You’ll find finishes of brass detailing and bold amber onyx stone, paying homage to the intricate exterior and distinctive character of Bar Morris, blending history with contemporary comfort. To further enhance your stay, each room is also equipped with a deck of SCOPA playing cards.

Bar Morris is the hotel’s enchanting and exclusive wine bar, boasting an art-deco inspired sanctuary that seats an intimate 40. Step into a world where day gracefully transitions into night, accompanied by a delicious curated menu that celebrates simplicity and seasonal produce. The menu is infused with Italian influences, led by talented Head Chef Rosy Scatigna. Having honed her skills at the renowned Alma, International School of Italian Cuisine, and serving as Senior Sous Chef at the esteemed Shell House, Rosy now takes on her first Head Chef role, bringing her Italian heritage, vast culinary expertise, and passionate offbeat personality to Bar Morris.

Menu highlights include Panfocaccia (a blend of bread and Italian focaccia), made in-house using spelt flour and garlic and the result of an heirloom recipe passed down through generations, as well as a cut of flank steak, accompanied by Café de Morris butter (made with salmoriglio, an ancient Italian sauce). For snacks, there’s Nduja madeleine, a savoury sponge infused with cheesy richness, guanciale and a ‘nduja emulsion. 

The wine list celebrates both local Australian drops and Italian treasures, with a carefully curated collection of natural wines. One of the more esteemed offerings is their selection of Foradori wines, made by renowned winemaker Elisabetta Foradori. These artisanal wines are scarce and highly coveted, reflecting Elisabetta’s status as one of the world’s most prominent female winemakers. Bar Morris also focuses on Amaro, an Italian herbal liqueur. Tom Bulmer from The Social Spirits (Margaret, Intercontinental Double Bay) has lent his expertise, with signature cocktails like Ocean’s Depth Martini with house-spiced brine or Negroni Speziato, with a Chinese five-spice infused gin and a hint of Amaro.

For more information and to make your booking, visit their website here.

Looking for another staycation spot? Try The Strand in Darlinghurst or Oxford House in Paddington!