Opened earlier this year, Sydney’s 1888 Hotel serves as hip and beautiful base to discover Australia’s biggest city. Originally built in 1888 and located in the Sydney inner-city area of Pyrmont, it was refurbished and upgraded but retains some of its original architecture. Pyrmont, one of Sydney’s most densely populated suburb, is filled with businesses, shops, and food and drink establishments making for a friendly and interesting neighborhood. The 1888 Hotel also is close to a number of popular destinations including Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay, the Sydney Fish Market, and The Star.
The hotel has 90 rooms, which all have three-meter-high ceilings, exposed brick walls, original ironbark beams, large sound-proof windows, bespoke furniture, walk-in rain showers, and works created by Australian artists adorning the walls. The rooms range from the snug 15-square-meter Shoebox rooms to the Williamson Suite, a two-level space that has its own private entrance and spans 20 square meters inside and 17 square meters outside. Tech-wise, each room has an iPad and complimentary Wi-Fi.
139 Murray St; 61-2/8586-1888; 1888hotel.com.au; doubles from US$133.