In Style + Design

The Hottest Australian Hotel Openings Of 2018

With flights now cheaper than ever, tourism is booming. New hotels are sprouting up in every corner of the globe, and that extends to Australia too. Among the ones that have already opened this year and those still set to be unveiled, here are our top picks.

Paramount House Hotel

Paramount House Hotel Photo: Tim Ross

It seems every shop or venue to grace the streets of Surry Hills becomes cool by osmosis. One look inside the recently-opened Paramount House Hotel however it’s clear its neighbourhood isn’t the only thing to attribute to its trendiness.

Planted in the former headquarters of Paramount Picture Studios, the hotel drips style from its every detail. Its atrium-style lobby blends old with new – think brick walls with fresh timber floors – and every one of its 29 rooms is different to the next. French linen sheets adorn the beds; Aesop amenities line the bathroom shelves.

80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills, NSW

Emporium Hotel South Bank

The fact that Emporium Hotel South Bank is still months away from its July 1st opening, but is already accepting reservations should indicate the level of anticipation surrounding it. The 143-suite property promises to set a new benchmark for boutique luxury in Brisbane.

Set in the centre of the city, the hotel will feature an infinity pool and bar on its 21st level with sweeping views over South Bank Parklands, the Brisbane River, and city. Also opening with it is a yet-to-be-named restaurant headed by acclaimed executive chef Josue Lopez.

The Calile Hotel

Luxe urban resort and subtropical in style are words being tossed around to describe The Calile Hotel Brisbane, set to open later this year. And they really do sum up it up best. Despite being 2.5km from Brisbane’s CBD, the hotel plans to let its guests take full advantage of the Queensland sun with an outdoor pool surrounded by cabanas.

Its 178 rooms and suites are generously sized with each boasting their own balcony. A short stroll away from them will take you to specialty shops, art galleries, day spas, a cinema, and two award-winning restaurants.

48 James Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD

Hotel Ravesis

While not entirely new, Bondi Beach’s iconic Hotel Ravesis recently underwent a refurbishment that included 12 revamped rooms and suites. Scattered across the heritage-listed building’s top two floors, they’re airy and spacious with Cuban and Miami décor influences throughout.

The Beachfront King is open-plan with a view of Bondi’s ocean blues framed by art-deco arches; the Hall Suites overlook the café-lined Hall Street; and The Loft has its own wraparound entertaining terrace. All rooms opened this month.

118 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach, NSW

The William Inglis Hotel

The first five-star property in Sydney’s South West, The William Inglis Hotel, part of the MGallery by Sofitel brand, is destination-worthy. One of the only equined-themed hotels in the world, each of its 144 rooms is named after a champion racehorse with an artwork of said horse displayed inside.

Its restaurant Newmarket Room offers all-day dining; 1867 Lounge on the mezzanine level serves high-end whisky and wine. The hotel’s piece de resistance however would have to be The Chiltern Pool Deck and Bar – the only place on the planet where you can watch a horse race from a poolside sun lounger.

155 Governor Macquarie Drve, Warwick Farm, NSW

W Brisbane

On June 1, Brisbane’s CBD will see the opening of its first five-star hotel in 20 years with the unveiling of the W Brisbane. Joining the collection of more than 50 W Hotels around the world, the five-star property will feature the same disruptive designs and experiences the brand is known for: W beds, plush robes, and a Whatever/Whenever service philosophy.

Unique to the hotel however will be its signature restaurant Three Blue Ducks Brisbane. The eatery will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, serving an ever-evolving seasonal menu showcasing some of Queensland and northern New South Wales finest produce. Celebrity-favourite hair salon Edwards and Co. will also have a place here.

81 North Quay, Brisbane, QLD

The Collectionist Hotel

With its stay described as a ‘choose your own adventure’ experience, The Collectionist Hotel, opening in Sydney’s Camperdown in May, will be one of the first of its kind in Australia. Upon arrival, guests will be welcomed at the bar before being invited to view the hotel’s available rooms and decide which one they’d like to spend the night in.

Housed in a non-descript former warehouse, the hotel will have 39 rooms to pick from. All are uniquely designed and with their own story to tell; some challenge the norms of hotel room design. Their names alone – ‘La Chamber Noir’, the ‘Queenie Fah Fah’, and the ‘Cloud Runner’ – should give you an idea of what to expect.

9/13 Marsden Street, Camperdown, NSW

West Hotel Sydney, Curio Collection by Hilton

From the outside, West Hotel Sydney’s geometric façade most closely resembles a Chanel handbag. And inside, that designer sophistication continues with an atrium dripping in greenery; 182 rooms oozing glamour with blue velvet couches and dark wood floors; and pops of colour in the form of native flowers everywhere.

True to the Curio Collection by Hilton brand, the hotel mixes cutting-edge technology like integrated blue-tooth speakers in every room with features to help disconnect. Despite being in busy Barangaroo, its lobby is entirely soundproof.

65 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW

Felix Hotel

Seriously shaking up the airport hotel stereotype, Felix Hotel is unlike any other. The quirky hotel, which opened in February, allows guests to self-check-in through a kiosk on its top floor; has a 24-hour grab-and-go restaurant in lieu of a food shop; and provides entertainment in the form of a rooftop cinema.

The 150-room hotel was built with the digital nomad in mind so is also handily equipped with over 1,000 USB ports and a Sky Lounge with communal and solo workspaces.

121 Baxter Road, Mascot, NSW

Published 29 April, 2018