Ace Hotel Group has opened its first property in the Southern Hemisphere in Sydney’s Surry Hills.

The 257-room Ace Hotel Sydney opened its doors to guests on Wednesday, while its rooftop restaurant and bar, Kiln, will open in the months to follow.

“Opening our first outpost in Australia is a dream fulfilled, and we are eager to warm its civic spaces alongside our friends and programming partners who will continue to shape the character of Ace Sydney,” said Ace Hotel Group President, Brad Wilson.

“We’re excited to share our take on hospitality — one rooted in community and inclusivity and built for discovery and fun — and to see the hotel become a home for everyone, from our Surry Hills neighbours to travellers from far afield.”

The property, which has been designed by Flack Studio, features ground-floor neighbourhood restaurant, LOAM, which is led by Ace Sydney Executive Chef Heidi Flanagan. The seasonal menu is “vegetable-forward” with sustainable meats and seafood. Laneway cafe and bar, Good Chemistry, will also open in the coming weeks.

The hotel lobby features a cocktail bar and sunken lounge, where guests and locals can enjoy and a wine menu curated by Mike Bennie of P&V Wine + Liquor Merchants.  

Ace Sydney has an expansive art collection featuring contemporary Australian artists, and an artist-in-residence program, curated by Nina Fitzgerald of The Impact Lab, which will launch soon with the aim of spotlighting and celebrating First Nations artists, stories and histories.

Guest rooms, a selection of which are pet-friendly, include a vinyl collection curated by Michael Kucyk of record label Efficient Space; Rega turntables and D’Angelico guitars.