The Hottest New Hotels in Australia 2018
Fancy a holiday close to home? Australia’s hotel scene is absolutely booming, with gorgeous properties popping up from the coast to the country. It’s all thanks to demand: last year, 8.1 million people visited our sandy shores, and hoteliers have been spoiling them with stylish places to sleep. But why should out-of-towners have all the fun? The next time you’re sneaking in a staycation or heading interstate, check in to one of these beautiful new hotels.
In the Inner City hub of Camperdown, this spot does things a little differently. When you arrive, you can decide which of the 39 rooms you’d like to stay in. The hotel collaborated with a bunch of designers and artists, and each room is unique, from La Chamber Noir to the Cloud Runner. The Collectionist is as social as it is creative, and gives guests the chance to mingle during the daily happy hour (4-8pm).
Rooms from $153 per night
9-13 Marsden Street, Camperdown, NSW
This year, Brissy welcomed its first five-star hotel in 20 years, and she’s fabulous. The W Brisbane is extra – and unapologetically so, with a picture-perfect spot on the riverbank, and 312 designer rooms decked out with deep baths and in-suite cocktail stations. While you’re there, you can indulge in seasonal dishes at Three Blue Ducks, and settle into a pamper sesh at Edwards & Co or the AWAY spa (the salt inhalation room is next-level).
Rooms from $325 per night
81 North Quay, Brisbane, QLD
Perched on Hobart’s Hunter Street wharf, MACq01 is a ‘storytelling hotel’ that attracts culture vultures and design lovers alike. Each of the 114 rooms tells the tale of a character in Tasmania’s history, from convicts and explorers to political figures. There are a range of rooms, suites and penthouses on offer, all of which are equipped with walk-in wardrobes, TVs and minibars with Tasmanian goodies. Downstairs, the Old Wharf Restaurant and Story Bar overlook the water.
Rooms from $280 per night
18 Hunter Street, Hobart, TAS
Over in Melbourne, this hip haven sits on the fringe of the Royal Botanical Garden. When you arrive, you’ll be ushered down a corridor decorated to look like the city’s legendary laneways, and then to your room. There are just 12 luxury suites, and they come with butler service, plus chic living areas, kitchens, and terraces with views of the park and skyline. Chef Scott Pickett heads up Matilda, the hotel’s restaurant and foodie hotspot.
Rooms from $650 per night
157 Domain Road, South Yarra, VIC
Tribe opened with both feet firmly in the future. You won’t find gyms, concierges and bellhops here. Instead, the tech-savvy hotel is all about giving guests exactly what they want (and nothing they don’t): think sleek design, speedy check-ins and free breakfast, WiFi and movies on demand. It’s also a co-working dream – the beautiful lobby buzzes with people tapping away at laptops.
Rooms from $169 per night
4 Walker Avenue, West Perth, WA
The Calile cruised into Brisbane a couple of months ago, and it’s already catching travellers’ attention. In a prime position on James Street, the boutique hotel has 178 pastel-hued rooms and suites, each of which boasts a balcony as well as blackout blinds, entertainment systems and luxe amenities. After exploring the city, guests soak up the sun at cabanas by the pool or melt into a massage at the day spa.
Rooms from $359 per night
48 James Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD
On Broadbeach Island, this six-star hotel is right at home on the glittery Gold Coast. The sprawling property has nearly 600 rooms and suites, and they’re all seriously luxe, with plush furnishings, tech controls, monogrammed towels and pillow menus. While the in-house casino is open around-the-clock, you might not even make it there – the rooftop pool (compete with cabanas), 2000-seat theatre and day spa can be pretty distracting.
Rooms from $278 per night
1 Casino Drive, Broadbeach, QLD
After the wild success of its hotels on the east coast, QT went cross-country, flinging open the doors to its Perth outpost. It was inspired by the way desert meets the sea in WA, and features plenty of plants and eye-popping brights. The restaurant dishes up local produce, while the roof is the highest in the city. Each of the 184 rooms is equipped with QT Gel Beds, entertainment systems and dark stone bathrooms.
Rooms from $230 per night
133 Murray Street, Perth, WA
At Barangaroo, these designer digs are perfectly positioned in Sydney’s harbourfront playground. The West Hotel is the first Aussie property in Hilton’s Curio Collection, and its geometric glass façade sets the scene for a stylish stay. A botanical theme runs throughout the hotel, from the art to the three-storey atrium flush with flowers. The interiors of the 182 rooms are just as bold, and the in-house restaurant, Solander, stars local produce.
Rooms from $238 per night
65 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
To live like a local in Sydney’s Surry Hills, stay at this shiny new boutique hotel. Sitting in the 1940s warehouses of Paramount Picture Studios, the copper-clad hotel has 29 rooms and suites, all of which feature raw brick walls, terrazzo tiles, minibars stocked with local goodies, and linens and plants aplenty. Paramount Coffee Project keeps guests well-caffeinated downstairs, and up on the roof, there’s a health club and café.
Rooms from $450 per night
80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills, NSW
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