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Mrs Banks Hotel

Last updated: 27 December, 2023

As bank branches are retired, Australia finds itself with a surfeit of these solid, unwanted buildings. A few, like this one in Paddington, are finding a new lease of life as hotels.

Mrs Banks, which dates from 1914, retains its art deco façade, but the interior has been transformed into a warm, welcoming space.

Despite a few flashes of design flair, this boutique property is fairly sober and grown-up. Rooms are not especially large but are extremely comfortable and clean.

Paddington is a character-filled suburb, filled with streets of immaculately restored Victorian terrace houses. It’s centrally located for exploring the wider city’s sights, but away from the main city crowds.

It’s an ideal choice for anyone wanting a quieter, more atmospheric stay in a popular local neighbourhood.

Surrounding area

While Oxford Street, Paddington, is no longer the fashion powerhouse it once was, this part of Sydney retains a certain cache. Away from the main shopping precinct, the visitor will find plenty of charming streets and immaculately restored terrace houses. Many of the old Victorian pubs survive and the weekend markets continue to attract big crowds.

Although there is a constant stream of traffic on Oxford Street, Paddington itself is pretty genteel, with plenty of good cafes, boutiques and eateries – and its own art house cinema.


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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: Not available
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed