Best New Hotels: Australia's Hottest Hotel Openings we Can't Wait to Check Out
From lavish city stays to serene country escapes, these are Australia's best new hotel openings.
Dreaming of greener pastures? Australia’s hotel scene has been hard at work delivering us with an exciting new line-up of properties just begging to be booked. With gorgeous stays popping up from the coast to the country, there has never been a better time to explore this amazing place we call home. Before booking your next escape, be sure to check out our roundup of the hottest hotel openings in Australia for 2022.
Australia's Best New Hotel Openings: New South Wales
Breathing new life into the landmark Tyne House, both locals and visitors will feel right at home at Sydney’s Flack Studio–designed outpost of the Ace Hotel – its first (and only) south of the equator. One of the city’s hippest new hangouts, the hotel’s sleek interiors take inspiration from the eclectic area in which it resides with original artworks, furnishings and design elements bringing the chain’s signature brand of swag to Aussie soil. Its stunningly appointed rooms are unpretentious, but thoughtfully refined – offering calming refuge amidst the inner-city chaos. You'll also find a gym, café, lobby lounge and rooftop bar and restaurant on site.
47/53 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney
Delivering the perfect mix of comfort and convenience, the newly renovated Wake Up! offers a variety of bright, boho-inspired lodgings to suit every budget. Welcoming solo travellers, families, and everyone in between, the casual beachy vibe wafts through this beachfront beauty as cool as Byron's fresh sea breeze. Forget your standard hotel amenities, here you’ll find complimentary surfboards, daily yoga classes and sunrise lighthouse tours amongst the long list of activities championing the area’s illustrious natural landscapes.
25 Childe Street, Byron Bay
New South Wales’ picturesque Southern Highlands welcomes Osborn House, an impeccably designed five-star boutique hotel surrounded by rolling hills and manicured grounds. The 130-year-old property has been luxuriously restored, but its century-established gardens and well-appointed lodgings – complete with vintage furnishing and bespoke design elements – hint at its past. Along with 22 character-filled yet contemporary rooms, the estate has a day spa with a slew of lavish treatments and services, as well as top tier dining options in Gorge's and Dinah’s.
96 Osborn Avenue, Bundanoon
Joining the ranks of Sydney’s luxury hotel scene, Kimpton’s first Australian venture sees the refurbishment of one of the city’s grandest Art Deco buildings. The CBD stunner boasts 172 sumptuously styled rooms and suites decked out in the San Francisco brand’s illustrious décor, mingling striking patterns, plush furnishings and dreamy botanical displays. Located in the city's south corner, there’s plenty of spots to wine and dine outside but just as much inside, from the inspired flavours from Luke’s Kitchen paired with the creative concoctions at The Wilmot Bar. Don’t forget to pack your swimmers, there’s also a rooftop pool that beckons on summer days.
339 Pitt Street, Sydney
If you’ve stayed at any of their other hotels you know it’s all about the rooftop baby and their latest Newcastle location is no exception. Promising killer ocean views, prime people watching and stellar cocktails, sunset drinks in the sky should be at the top of your list. The rest of the hotel is equally impressive – eclectically designed rooms are decked out with art, high tech furnishings and nice touches oversized bathtubs and plush white robes. Also, once you sink into the heavenly gel-topped beds you’ll never want to go back.
185 Hunter Street, Newcastle
Home to Sydney’s first-ever sky lobby, this stunning CBD escape is doing things a little differently. Known for its sleek fit-outs and innovative design, A by Adina is the latest project by TFE Hotels. Just steps away from Australia Square you’ll find 194 apartments ranging from studios to penthouses – all promising million-dollar views of the city. A sophisticated stay demands an equally extraordinary dining experience don’t you think? When the cocktail craving hits, head to Dean & Nancy on 22 for some of the city’s best sips. The food follows suit with Executive Chef Jane Strode’s contemporary Australian menu a must-try.
2 Hunter Street, Sydney
One of the most anticipated hotel openings in Australia this year, Crown Sydney is here! For those who have had the pleasure of visiting one of their many properties around the country, you’ll know that along with lavish rooms and killer views comes a drool-worthy dining precinct, first-class spa facilities, and a long list of in-house amenities that will keep you busy for the length of your stay. Nestled within Sydney’s bustling Barangaroo, everything you need to eat, drink, relax and be merry is sitting right on your doorstep.
1 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
Australia's Best New Hotel Openings: Victoria
Combining the best in cosmopolitan Melbourne hospitality with contemporary creature comforts, this new five-star hotel is nothing short of an inner-city oasis. The star of the show is the rooftop infinity pool, where you can take in the sights of the city with a cocktail from rooftop bar Sunset House in hand. Offering ample facilities for drinking, dining and unwinding, the harbourside hotel also features a fully-equipped gym with state-of-the-art immersive technology (you can run through a virtual lavender field in France), a paddock-to-plate style fine dining restaurant, an all day café and Australia's very first executive 'M Club', an elegant multi-function space which serves complimentary breakfast and beverages and canapes in the evening.
15 Waterfront Way, Docklands
Slated to open later this year, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is adding Melbourne’s coveted Exhibition Street to its prestigious portfolio. Overlooking the stately Carlton Gardens, the Cox and Fender Katsalidis-designed two-tower development will house 500 guestrooms with three levels of amenities including a sky lobby, premium dining, spa, fitness centre, pool, and ballroom. Watch this space!
Opening late 2022
308 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
Within walking distance from absolutely everything, the new Hilton Little Queen Street ticks all the boxes of a dreamy staycation. Occupying the former Melbourne Equity Chambers, architecture and design studio Bates Smart has stayed true to the building’s heritage. Spacious rooms and an unbeatable location are complemented by the hotel’s noteworthy food and drink experiences. Housed in the former grand banking hall, Luci restaurant’s menu by Executive Chef Sam Moore is a must-try for foodies. After dinner, retreat to The Douglas Club – an opulent lounge bar serving cocktails, cognac, wine, and champagne.
18 Little Queen Street, Melbourne
It may not be open yet, but we are just too excited not to share. Synonymous with old-world European charm, the Ritz-Carlton is heading east in 2022. Promising opulence at every turn, the luxury brand is taking a more is more approach with this mammoth development that's set to snag the title of the tallest hotel in Australia. Housing 257 superbly finished rooms complete with panoramic views of the city’s stunning skyline, it'll likely set you back some serious coin. Get ready to wine, dine, pamper, and party with everything from restaurants and day spas to a 500-seat ballroom on site.
Opening late 2022
Lonsdale St, Melbourne
South Yarra's newest hotel will have you living like a rockstar – even if it's just for the night. Paying homage to the days of disco, Ovolo Hotel’s newest addition oozes retro glamour. Promising good vibes, plush vintage interiors, and just the right amount of rock and roll, the 123-room boutique hotel is without a doubt one of the coolest hotel new hotel openings in Australia.
234 Toorak Road, South Yarra
Forget hotel rooms, this year it’s all about the Airstreams. Just an hour and a half from Melbourne, the Mitchelton Airstream Hotel is bringing a touch of retro luxe to Victoria’s picturesque Goulburn Valley. Unwind amongst the vines and cosy up at this one-of-a-kind escape where you can immerse yourself in the stunning natural surrounds of Victoria. Inside each private Airstream, hotel guests enjoy luxurious linen, wifi, TV, and your own private deck that was made for sunsets. Foodies head to The Muse Restaurant while matters of the grape variety can be handled at the Cellar Door.
470 Mitchellstown Rd, Nagambie
Known for its glitz and glamour, the W Melbourne is not a place you want to leave in a hurry. Make no mistake, this hotel is extra – and unapologetically so, with a picture-perfect spot on Flinders Lane, and 294 designer rooms decked out with deep baths and in-suite cocktail stations. Bold, bright, and beautiful, while you’re there be sure to indulge in the sophisticated Indian-Italian dishes at Lollo. Serving up elevated reimaginings of classic flavours, its menu from Executive Chef Adam D’Sylva should not be missed.
408 Flinders Ln, Melbourne
Australia's Best New Hotel Openings: South Australia
Breathing new life into a former textile factory, this is without a doubt one of the coolest hotel openings in Australia. Keeping true to the area's design roots, the trendy new Hotel Indigo can be found in Adelaide's bustling central market. Opening its doors in March last year, it’s an Australian first for IHG Hotels & Resorts’ boutique lifestyle brand. A product of the iconic neighbourhood in which it calls home, the 145-room boutique hotel is a cultural feast for the senses. Celebrating creativity in all things, Hotel Indigo’s two restaurants hero Adelaide's prized culinary scene.
23-29 Market St, Adelaide
Last year, Adelaide welcomed its first five-star hotel in 30 years, and boy, is she fabulous. The latest addition to the city’s growing skyline, the Sofitel’s $140 million development has pulled out all stops to put this up-and-coming destination on the map. In true Sofitel form, the property is not only primely positioned but has been finished with the brand’s signature Euro-chic touch. An indoor pool, gym, and Executive Lounge are among a treasure trove of amenities that complement the 251 generous rooms and suites on offer.
108 Currie St, Adelaide
Australia's Best New Hotel Openings: Queensland
After three years of construction, the end is in sight for Brisbane’s newest luxury lodgings. The former Treasury Hotel is being transformed with no extravagance spared to create a space worthy of the prestigious Ritz-Carlton legacy. The first of three highly-anticipated hotels set to open as part of the $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf project, the hotel will house 200 rooms as well as the brand’s world-class amenities and unparalleled service.
Opening late 2022
142 William Street, Brisbane
If you’re after five-star service, award-winning restaurants, and views for days, this is the hotel for you. Set to this month, The Langham Gold Coast will be the third Australian hotel for the luxury brand. The tallest of 3 crystalline towers within the Jewel development in Surfers Paradise, you can expect dreamy sea views from all 169 well-appointed rooms and 18 suites in the hotel. For a sunset drink, look no further than the stunning sky terrace.
Surfers Paradise, Queensland
Australia's Best New Hotel Openings: Tasmania
Championing Hobart's rich heritage, The Tasman Hotel showcases both the breath-taking landscapes and unique character of the area. Radiating a refined elegance reminiscent of time past, the 152 guest rooms feature 4-metre ceilings, exclusive local art pieces, rainfall showers, cashmere throws, and 55" smart TVs. With Chef Massimo Mele at the helm of the hotel’s signature Italian restaurant, expect classic plates with a cheeky Tassie twist.
12 Murray St, Hobart
Australia's Best New Hotel Openings: Northern Territory
Make your visit to the Red Centre even more memorable with a stay at Kings Canyon Resort. Nestled between Uluru and Alice Springs, each of its six premium canvas tents is decked out with a lounge, dining space, outdoor deck, air-conditioning, and private en-suite. Three tents have been designed for couples, while three family tents feature a king bed plus two king singles. Wake up to the peaceful sounds of the crested bellbird and pop in your Nespresso pod before heading out for a day of exploring.
Minimum 2-night stay
Luritja Road, Watarrka National Park
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