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Sydney’s Trendy, New-gen Hotels

Millennials are keen travellers, but many aren’t happy with cookie-cutter hotels. They’re tech-savvy social media users who look beyond ‘things’; they want unique, meaningful experiences. And when it comes to accommodation, they’re looking for boutique hotels that are like home – only better, thanks to apps, high-end tech, co-working spaces, and bars, restaurants and pools that have their own hashtag. 

In Sydney, these trendy, new-gen hotels are making their mark.

Ovolo Woolloomooloo

Playful and high-end at once, Ovolo ticks all the ‘trendy’ boxes. Perched on the Finger Wharf, the heritage-listed building has impressive harbour views and 100 rooms kitted out with Apple TVs and free minibars. Along with a fairy-lit Lo Lounge (complete with a cocktail bar, restaurant and game room), the hotel is also launching a new plant based restaurant called Alibi at the end of March.

6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo

1888 Hotel

If we had to describe 1888 Hotel in one word, it’d be “photogenic.” Once a wool warehouse, the industrial-chic hotel was designed with Instagrammers in mind. There’s a photo opp everywhere you look, from the exposed brick walls and wooden beams to five-storey atrium and dedicated ‘selfie space.’ The rooms are equally cool, with big bathrooms, 40-inch TVs and iPads.

139 Murray Street, Pyrmont

West Hotel

Part of the Hilton’s upscale Curio Collection, the West Hotel is shiny, new, and impressing travellers already. Its geometric glass façade sets the scene for a stylish experience. Inside, there’s a stunning, three-storey internal garden, a fully equipped gym, private meeting room, restaurant and sleek bar. The 182 rooms feature entertainment systems, Smart TVs, and spacious work areas.

65 Sussex Street, Sydney

The Urban Newtown

In Newtown, The Urban is as edgy as its suburb. The central spaces overlook an atrium, which is decked out with bamboo, fig trees and graffiti-covered columns, while the rooms are industrial yet quirky. But it’s the extras that seal the deal: 24-hour check-in and check-out, parking, free landline calls, laundry and dry cleaning facilities, and regular wine and beer tastings.

52-60 Enmore Road, Newtown

Sofitel Darling Harbour

Another newbie on Sydney’s hotel scene, the Sofitel Darling Harbour is a chic addition to the waterfront precinct. The gleaming building has a sleek fit-out, and an infinity pool and cocktail bar that look over the harbour. To cater to the health-conscious traveller, the breakfast buffet has a slew of gluten-free options, and the gym is state-of-the-art.

12 Darling Drive, Sydney

Capsule Hotel

After taking Japan by storm, pod hotels have made their way Down Under. The first opened in the heart of the CBD last year, and it’s been a hit with budget-conscious business travellers and locals. The Capsule Hotel is made up of 70 futuristic-looking pods, each of which has a bed, mirror, TV, safe and tech control panel to tweak the air-con, lights, and alarm.

Level 3, 640 George Street, Sydney

Top tip: The Primus Hotel Sydney is also turning heads in the CBD. The Art Deco interiors give way to modern facilities, and the rooftop bar buzzes with city workers and out-of-towners.

QT Hotel

‘Concept hotels’ are millennial magnets, and QT is Sydney’s best. The hotel pays homage to the theatrical history of its building, making it a destination in itself. There are 200 hip rooms, and guests are whisked to theirs via interactive elevators that detect the number of passengers and play music to match. The concierge app is a draw, as are The Gowings Bar & Grill and SpaQ.

49 Market Street, Sydney

The Darling

Sitting proudly in The Star, The Darling is a design lover’s haven that doesn’t skimp on detail. The service is next-level, and extends to the spa, which features an outdoor pool, Moroccan hammam room, whirlpool bath and gym. In the 171 rooms, you can gaze out the floor-to-ceiling windows, and control the TV, lights and temperature with the click of a button.

80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont

Medusa Boutique Hotel

An inner-city darling, Medusa occupies a three-level terrace house in a quieter part of Darlinghurst. Inspired by old Hollywood, it’s chic and colourful, and its central courtyard is a lush escape from the city. The rooms are spacious and beautifully appointed with chaise lounges, feature walls and marble accents, and some have kitchenettes and bathtubs.

267 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst

The Old Clare

Chippendale is having a major moment, and The Old Clare is its hotel hotspot. Following a makeover, the hotel has 62 luxe rooms, four suites, a gym, library, and three restaurants (including the chef-hatted [link to blog] Automata) across its two heritage-listed buildings. That’s not all: the rooftop pool and bar scream Sydney, and put the hotel front of mind for millennials.  

1 Kensington Street, Chippendale