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1 Styled with strik­ing art­works, cock­a­too wall­pa­per, and splashes of ma­roon, jade and gold, there is noth­ing quiet about the guest rooms at the new QT PERTH (left). Lo­cated near the Mur­ray Street Mall, the ho­tel makes a bold state­ment with its 184 suites, dec­o­rated with jar­rah tim­ber and rich vel­vet, and com­plete with dark stone bath­rooms. The pub­lic spaces are equally eye-catch­ing. San­tini Grill has an Ital­ian menu and an in­dus­trial air, while a sleek rooftop bar of­fers sweep­ing views across the sun-soaked city. qtho­tel­san­

2 New York ac­com­mo­da­tion on a bud­get can be try­ing, but the 395-room FREEHAND (above) has a range of op­tions, from stan­dard queens to bunk rooms for groups of three or four peo­ple trav­el­ling to­gether. The rooms are rel­a­tively sim­ple, but pow­er­house de­sign firm Ro­man and Wil­liams en­sured the pub­lic spaces are both play­ful and pol­ished. An all-day restau­rant called Stu­dio serves North African-in­spired plates, and cock­tail bar Bro­ken Shaker oc­cu­pies the roof. The Gramercy Park lo­ca­tion makes for an ideal perch. free­hand­ho­

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