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The following description of the Coffee Palace a movement that is rapidly spreading and gaining strength—is from the Sydney “ Town and Country.” The Palace was opened on the Gth inst; — The “Palace” comprises the whole of the premises, No. 393, and the upper floors of Nos. 395 and 397, George street. The ground floor area is 20ft x 70ft, and upstairs each of the flooi’S have three times that amount of space. In the basement, which, like the ground floor, has an area of 20ft x 70ft, are a series of culinary conveniences of the most complete order, including a Pullinger range, and grill of Brobdignagian proportions, steam boiler, bain-marie, hot plate oven, and steam carving table. Tim ground floor apartment is highly decorated with gilding and mirrors, and furnished with coffee urns, and marble tables on bronze bases. The bar, although intended to be devoid of intoxicating beverages, will be resplendent with glassware and colored fluids and crystals. The first floor is divided into two magnificent dining-saloons. One of these is for ladies, fur whom a separate entrance and stairway from George street is provided; the other is for gentlemen. Oft' the ladies’ dining saloon is a spacious and elegantly-furnished retiring room, connected with which is a lavatory and other conveniences. There is also a steam carving table on this floor, as on the basement. Visitors to the hotel will be enabled to read the principal journalistic literature of the world in a cheerful read-ing-room, while they recline in moroccocovered arm-chairs. On the floor above is a salooif in which are two billiard tables, by Alcock, one of them being the handsome blackwood one made specially for Cook, the champion, to play his matches in Sydney on. On this floor also is a comfortable smoking room, lavatory, baths, and fourteen bedrooms.. On tho third floor there are thirty-six bedrooms, replete with every convenience. Tho comfort of lodgeis seems to have been studied to the fullest extent, and tho “ Palace” will offer a comfortable residence to those whose pietensioua are moderate. The tariff, it is said, has boon framed on a reasonable basis.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 8, 14 October 1879

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SYDNEY COFFEE PALACE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 8, 14 October 1879