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 your next vacay? While we’ve been stuck at home, Australia’s hotel scene has been hard at work delivering us with an exciting new line-up of properties ready for when we return. 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 post-lockdown escape, be sure to check out our roundup of the hottest hotel openings in Australia for 2021.
Australia's Best New Hotel Openings: New South Wales
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.
From $288 per night
2 Hunter St, 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.
From $919 per night
1 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo
Australia's Best New Hotel Openings: Victoria
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.
From $328 per night
18 Little Queen Street, Melbourne
It may not be opening until next year, 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 263 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.
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 openings in Australia for 2021.
Prices from $181 per night
234 Toorak Rd, 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 hotel you want to leave in a hurry. The W Brisbane 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 sophisticated menu from Executive Chef Adam D’Sylva should not be missed.
Prices from $349 per night
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 by Adelaide's bustling central market. Opening its doors in March this year, it’s an Australian first for IHG Hotels & Resorts’ boutique lifestyle brand. A product of the iconic neighbourhood in which it resides, 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.
Prices from $174 per night
23-29 Market St, Adelaide
This year, Adelaide welcomes its first five-star hotel in 30 years, and she’s 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.
Opens Spring 2021
108 Currie St, Adelaide
Australia's Best New Hotel Openings: Queensland
If you’re after five-star service, award-winning restaurants, and views for days, this is the hotel for you. Set to open early next year, 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
Leaning into 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.
Opening December 2021
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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