New hotels in Australian cities come in all sizes.
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
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
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