Cap­i­tal in­vest­ments

New ho­tels in Aus­tralian cities come in all sizes.

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Lit­tle Al­bion Guest House, Syd­ney

What dis­tin­guishes a ho­tel from a guest house? In the case of the 35-room Lit­tle Al­bion Guest House in Surry Hills, it’s about char­ac­ter rather than size. “Stay­ing here is like stay­ing at the beau­ti­ful home of good friends rather than a ho­tel,” says Paul Fis­chmann of 8Ho­tels. “We’re seek­ing to rein­vent the guest house for the

21st cen­tury.” There’s par­quetry un­der­foot, Moroc­can tiles in bath­rooms, and boldly pat­terned fab­rics and wall­pa­per through­out the for­mer con­vent. 21 Lit­tle Al­bion St, Surry Hills, NSW, (02) 8029 7900, lit­tleal­bion.com.au

W Bris­bane

The de­sign­ers threw every­thing at W Bris­bane: ev­ery colour on the chart, ev­ery imag­in­able pat­tern, lay­ers of com­pet­ing mo­tifs and shapes. The stylis­tic riot ex­tends from the lobby (aka the “wel­come level”) and the pool, to 312 guest rooms rang­ing in size from the Won­der­ful to the Ex­treme Wow. All have fully equipped bars and river views. A lit­tle eas­ier on the eye is the rel­a­tively un­der­stated river-view dining room of Three Blue Ducks; don’t miss its su­pe­rior buf­fet break­fast. 81 N Quay, Bris­bane, Qld, (07) 3556 8888, wbris­bane.com

QT Perth

This 18-storey ad­di­tion to the city’s CBD has a rooftop bar, ground-floor café, a bar and grill restau­rant, seven con­fer­ence rooms and

184 rooms fit­ted out in a style that habitués will recog­nise im­me­di­ately as the work of long-time QT col­lab­o­ra­tors Nic Gra­ham and Shel­ley Indyk. They’ve mixed wild-west mo­tifs with QT tics: jar­rah floors with art­fully mis­matched vin­tagelook fur­nish­ings in the lobby, and lo­cal ce­ram­ics, jewel-coloured vel­vets and black-cock­a­too prints in rooms. 133 Mur­ray St, Perth, WA, (08) 9225 8000, qtho­tel­san­dresorts.com

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