It’s holiday time for New South Welshmen. After months in a hard lockdown, the government is getting residents of New South Wales out of their beds and into someone else’s.
There’s nothing quite like a staycation. Waking up in the city you know and love, but someone else cooks and cleans for you? Sounds like a dream. But with each NSW resident being gifted $50 for accommodation, where should you start?
We’ve compiled a list of five of the best boutique hotels in Sydney so that you can get away without going away.
The Old Clare
A rooftop pool, stunning and simple interiors. This stunning heritage building has been turned into a tasteful place to rest your head. Complete with moody cocktails at the hotel bar, the Clare, the Old Clare is the perfect way to escape your home.
The bathrooms are even a focal point, with rainwater showerheads, relaxing egg baths big enough for two, you’ll be in a bubble bath in no time. Relaxed in the water with a glass of red wine from the extensive room service list, you’ll be tempted to stay in after such relaxation. But the local neighbourhood, Chippendale, is an exciting area complete with beautiful bars, luxurious restaurants and all the places to help you forget about lockdown blues.
There’s two Ovolos in Sydney to choose from: Woollomooloo and 188 Darling Harbour. It’s hard to choose a favourite as both are beautiful. The Hong Kong founded boutique hotel chain opened up their five-star suites to Sydney-siders in the last few years to enjoy.
Both hotels have sweeping views of Sydney and its majestic harbour. The Woolloomooloo location is right next to the famous bar The Rocks. Is it time to discover your own city? Check-in and let the Ovolo do the rest.
In the heart of Surrey Hills, with the mix of eclectic and heritage, lies Crystalbrook Albion. The hotel is not only picturesque but it’s also sustainable. Banning plastic straws, water bottles, and key cards — the boutique hotel is doing its best to reduce their carbon footprint.
It’s not only the dreamy wooden floored rooms that will pique your curiosity but its unique heritage frontage. Dating back to 1903, the building is a former school convent. It was transformed into this luxury stay in 2018, and perfect for a weekend away.
Located in the heart of Sydney is the 31-suite hotel Establishment Hotel. Amidst hole-in-the-wall bars, cafes and some of Sydney’s token restaurants, it’s time to leave the kids at home and let your hair down.
The historic building has a heritage facade coupled with a modern interior. Spacious rooms and bold colours give a modern and cool vibe to this beautiful, boutique hotel. The Establishment Hotel will make you switch off and forget about the world. Enjoy breakfast in bed, handmade chocolates on the pillows, and leave your worries at home at this sexy city hotel.
Not like any other hotel, The Collectionist goes against cookie-cutter designs. Instead, it’s a concept hotel that offers a selection of room canvases that you choose on arrival.
How does it work then? First, book one of their four-room sizes. Then, when checking in, you are shown the rooms that are available that evening and you choose which one you want to stay in. All rooms are unique and are collaborated with from Australian designers, architects, artists and people who know how to make a boutique hotel tick.