THE HARBOR CITY CONTINUES TO GROW WITH NEW BOUTIQUE ROOMS AND SEASIDE SANCTUARIES.
+ The opening of Paramount House Hotel (paramount househotel.com; doubles
from A$240) in ever-hip Surry Hills was the last notch in the cultural rebirth of the 1940s Paramount building, which also houses Golden Age Cinema, Paramount Coffee Project and new arrival Poly restaurant. The 29-room boutique hotel offers a variety of layouts featuring big windows, terrazzo-tiled bathrooms and Japanese-style wooden tubs. Australian-sourced amenities celebrate local faves, with Aesop toiletries; mini-bar snacks by nearby barbecue joint LP's Quality Meats; natural wines by Tom Shobbrook from the Barossa; and linens by Melbournebased Cultiver.
+ Over in Sydney's more bohemian Inner West, The Collectionist
Hotel (collectionisthotel. com.au; doubles from A$153) fits in with its individualist neighbors, calling itself: “no normal hotel.” Guests can choose-their-ownadventure at check-in, picking their favorite room from four types and 39 unique interiors: “Artisan” rooms flaunt handmade art pieces like colorful ceramics on forest-green walls; “Moonshine” rooms have painted murals (choose from rolling clouds or graffiti-style imagery) and full kitchens.
+ Sitting pretty between Darling Harbour and growing urban development project Barangaroo, West Hotel (westhotel.com.au; doubles from A$238) opened in January to add a dose of designer sophistication. The 182 premium rooms are complemented by Solander Dining and Bar's modern Australian fare and botanicalinspired cocktails, best sipped in the festoon-lit garden atrium. – E.B.
FROM TOP: The Collectionist's Pepo Melone room; West Hotel's gleaming exterior.