The 182 rooms occupy a jewel-like building with a dramatic faceted facade, seemingly cut from a solid block of smoky quartz.
From an intimate tented camp in the green foothills of Bali to a converted 19th-century Jesuit retreat in Tamil Nadu, our editors and reviewers have roamed the Asia-Pacific region to bring together DestinAsianâ€™s annual collection of the yearâ€™s top hotel openings. Read on to discover which new properties stood out from the rest in terms of service, setting, amenities, and a singular sense of style.
The Hilton groupâ€™s Curio brand is all about celebrating individuality when it comes to location. Which is why the first Australian outlet in the collection bears no resemblance to its character-filled older sisters such as the historic Hotel del Coronado in San Diego or the Trafalgar St. James in London. Instead, West Hotel sits on the verge of Sydneyâ€™s new Barangaroo precinct, an up-and-coming lifestyle hub with residential and commercial towers, parkland and cultural spaces, boutiques and restaurants overlooking the western harbor.
The 182 rooms occupy a jewel-like building with a dramatic faceted facade, seemingly cut from a solid block of smoky quartz. Inside, the grace notes are Australian botanicals, from the lush atrium garden to leaf-patterned carpets and a painting of a white waratah (the floral emblem of New South Wales) in the lobby.
Designers Fitzpatrick + PartnersÂ also brought in big vases of native flowers, which add pops of dusty pink and gold to the guest-room palette of blue velvet, marble, dark wood, and brass. Named after botanist Daniel Solander, who sailed with Captain Cook on his first Pacific voyage aboard the Endeavour, the hotelâ€™s Art Decoâ€“inspired restaurant-cum-lounge features a jade-green terrazzo bar where you can sample tasty cocktails that continue the floral theme. Nettle gimlet, anyone?
61-2/8297-6500; westhotel.com.au; doubles from US$368.
This article originally appeared in theÂ October/November 2018Â print issue of DestinAsian magazine (â€śThe Luxe List 2018: West Hotel Sydneyâ€ť).