For those lucky enough to either make a road trip or book newly-launched Qantas flights from Sydney to Byron Bay this winter, a recently opened boutique hotel choice awaits. The Surf House (boutique hostel/hotel) strikes a new balance in beachside accommodation, marrying comfortable private suites with some shared rooms, open-plan backpacker-styled living spaces and open-air rooftop bar.
Located in the heart of Byron Bay town centre, just a few streets back from Main Beach, The Surf House has transformed the heritage-listed former Byron Council Chambers building into a practical, bright and airy, refreshing take on affordable lodgings. Drawing inspiration from Northern NSW old school surf culture, whitewashed walls are decorated in entertaining arrangements of vintage surf posters, framed photos and Aussie surf culture bric-a-brac. While a surf paddle and twine-wrapped glass fishing buoys hanging above the bed might seem far too cliché, these simple beachy-surf themes work well, as do the partition-painted turquoise and white walls. Helping to unleash the coastal holiday vibes, the scene is perfectly set as you drop your bags and begin to unwind. On the rooftop a cold ale from local brewery Stone & Wood or a Brookies Dry Gin G&T from Cape Byron Distillery awaits.
The Surf House is the third Byron Bay property from family owned and operated Millett Group whose celebrated venue The Lord Byron was in 2019 awarded a Tripadvisor Travellers Choice award.
‘The last few months have been tough and like so many businesses in the tourism and hospitality industry we’ve had to shift our goal posts and look to provide something that will be attractive to the domestic traveller,’ says Christian Millett.
‘In a competitive market like Byron Bay, we’ve come up with something unique in The Surf House, offering a quality accommodation alternative for guests looking to immerse themselves into the iconic Byron Bay lifestyle.’
The Surf House offers a range of room types to cater to various traveller’s needs. The private queen rooms feature balconies, ensuite bathrooms and ocean views. In true backpacker style, there are a range of shared room options accommodating four, six or eight guests that are perfect for families on a budget. Traditional large number backpacker-styled room share operations are not appropriate at present.
A great value bonus on offer at The Surf House is the complimentary use of surf boards and free wifi on offer to guests. There are also multiple working spaces making it an attractive haven for digital nomads looking to settle in and make Byron a working base for the cooler months. Other features include secure underground parking, 24-hour reception and on-site cooking and laundry facilities.
Launching during the current pandemic means that doors will open with the highest hygiene protocols and restrictions on numbers in shared dorms. As restrictions ease later this year guests will be able to enjoy of a range of complimentary social activities including yoga and personal training classes, guided lighthouse tours and regular social events on The Rooftop.
The Surf House
23 Lawson Street, Byron Bay, NSW
Tel 02 66 858750