The Hotel Hollywood has been around for so long I still remember seeing it as a child and excitedly asking my parents if that’s where movie stars come from.
“No, bubeleh, it’s a different kind of Hollywood,” they replied (ok, my parents never called me bubeleh – but I thought some Yiddish might make my childhood seem more endearing).
However, there is one movie star to be found in this quirky art deco pub – Doris Goddard, who’s the licensee and an actress who starred with the likes of Bob Hope, Peter Sellers and Katherine Hepburn, as evidenced by the old clippings and photos that cover one of the Hollywood’s walls.
Goddard took over the Hotel Hollywood in the seventies after it already got its name, which was inspired by the nearby movie production offices that set up shop across the road in the forties. Thankfully she resisted the urge to renovate that gripped so many of Sydney’s bars, meaning the Hollywood has retained its old school charm, right down to the curved surfaces, antique bathrooms (I hear the faucet in the women’s bathroom is operated by a foot pedal) and gold wallpaper.
The Hollywood may not be renowned for its meals or cocktails but it does have a great, unpretentious and funky vibe. It also often doubles as a great venue for jazz bands and DJs.
Hotel Hollywood, 2 Foster Street, Surry Hills. Phone 9281 2765 or see the Hotel Hollywood website
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