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1 Syd­ney’s new West Ho­tel (above left) has a faceted glass ex­te­rior, a plant-filled atrium and a handy lo­ca­tion along­side Baranga­roo. Woods Bagot de­signed the 182 rak­ish rooms, equipped with emer­ald- and sap­phire-coloured lounge chairs. In the restau­rant, Solander, Bel­gian na­tive David Van­den­beele melds French tech­nique with Aus­tralian in­gre­di­ents. His Mandagery Creek veni­son with goat’s cheese risotto is sub­lime. west­ho­tel.com.au 2 The evo­lu­tion of down­town LA con­tin­ues apace. The lat­est draw is No­Mad Los An­ge­les (above), a breath­tak­ing ho­tel mar­ry­ing neo­clas­si­cal grandeur with Cal­i­for­nian glam­our. In a nod to the build­ing’s roots as the Bank of Italy, de­signer Jacques Gar­cia has decked out the 241 rooms in a pal­ette in­spired by the gold and blue lobby ceil­ing. Daniel Humm and Will Guidara of New York’s Eleven Madi­son Park are han­dling the food. theno­mad­ho­tel.com

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