It may occupy a heritage-listed 1888 wool store, but Sydney’s newest hotel is as forward thinking as they come. Though some of the 90 rooms are quite petite (those in the “Shoebox” category are accurately named, measuring just 15 square meters), what they lack in size they more than make up for in style. Ceilings soar at three meters high, complemented by walls of exposed brick, original ironbark beams, bespoke bedding, brightly upholstered designer chairs, high-tech gadgetry (iPads, Smart TVs with media hubs), and artworks curated by Melbourne artist Piers Greville. Book the Williamson suite and you’ll also enjoy a private entrance, cocktail bar, and lounge space for intimate soirees. The inner-city neighborhood of Pyrmont that the hotel calls home is also well worth exploring—you’re just steps from the Sydney Fish Market at Blackwattle Bay and The Star casino (with its fabulous restaurants), and a short stroll via Darling Harbour from the CBD.
139 Murray St., Pyrmont; 61-2/8586-1888; 1888 Hotel website; doubles from US$173
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