Woolloomooloo, on the edge of Sydney Harbour, was once full of miner's cottages. Today, however, it dances to a much hipper tune.
And the central beat of that dance comes from the wonderfully rejuvenated Finger Wharf area.
If you want to buy an apartment here you need serious money. If your wallet has more moths than dollars, then your next best option is to book into the uber trendy Blue Sydney hotel.
The Blue Sydney was the Taj group's first Australian purchase, and was bought for $36 million. Previously the hotel was known as W Hotel.
Even before you reach the reception desk, you know you are going to enjoy your stay here.
The designers have done little to hide the working-class origins (it began life as a wool and cargo-handling facility) of this building. Iron beams, exposed timber and floor-to-ceiling windows dominate.
The bar area, which was once a roadway, is at the centre of this cavernous building. It really is Sydney at its most decadent. The lighting is seductive, the seating sumptuous, and the patrons oh, so Bold and the Beautiful.
Room 512 My room was decorated in layers of chocolate tones. Most of the furnishings were of the dark variety, while the walls and carpets provided the light contrast. Touches of cobalt blue have also been used for contrast.
The room was on two levels: a large lounge and toilet on the entry level and the bed and bathroom loft up a steep set of stairs.
The room had two large flat screen televisions with access to Foxtel as well as the free-to-air offerings. Paid WiFi, or cable internet access, is available.
Bathroom Compact (with no bath, just a shower), and probably more suited to a male guest than female. The lack of space around the sink would make it difficult to juggle cosmetics and toiletries.
Having said that, what space there is has been exceptionally well used.
And the Aveda shower products provided are always appreciated.
Bedroom The king-size bed must be good, as I had a fantastic night's sleep. The Snuggledown (50 per cent goose down, 50 per cent feather) pillows make it very easy to find a comfortable spot to rest your head.
The hotel has a neat wheel gadget, below, that allows you to communicate with staff as to whether you need fresh sheets and towels.
Mini bar test Make sure you bring everything you need because the products stocked in the mini bar are certainly not cheap. Make of these prices what you will: 250g packet of M&Ms, $9. Berocca (15 pack) $19. And Cascade Premium lager $9.
Who goes there Movie stars, musicians and well-heeled couples. Business travellers who aren't paying for their own M&Ms. It would be a great spot to celebrate a special occasion.
What to do This area is rich in Sydney's history. There are a lot of very good eating spots within walking distance (think Otto's). And any trip to this area must include a Tiger (pie floater) at Harry's Cafe de Wheels (out the hotel front door and 50 steps to the left).
You are also only a $10 cab fare to Surry Hills and The Rocks.
What I didn't like For some strange reason the staff, who are very friendly and helpful, don't always knock before entering a room. Sorry just doesn't cut it when you are sitting there watching TV in only your boxer shorts.
Deal Online rates using the hotel's website start at $340 per night. You should always compare these with Wotif.com, lastminute.com and Bezurk before making your booking.