Singapore hotelier Loh Lik Peng's transformation of an old pub and brewery offices into an irresistible city inn of high-luxe heritage rooms with sizzling restaurants and a rooftop pool gets better with age. And the winning concept of a "super concierge" underscores a commitment to service as well as showmanship.
Once home to breweries and rat-catchers, the rapidly gentrifying suburb of Chippendale in inner Sydney is now a playground of art galleries, restaurants and street food. Amelia Hungerford strolls the streets on a weekend getaway close to home.
Let’s face it, we owe a lot to our mums. Good thing your chance to shower them with the affection and attention they deserve is just around the corner. Below is a handful of Australian venues that are offering the chance to show the matriarch just how much you care this Mother’s day.
Convention dictates that frazzled urbanites in need of a recharge should flee the bright lights of the city to unwind.
But you don’t always need to head to the countryside to find tranquillity, with quiet corners in the heart of Australia’s most bustling cities providing lavish suites in which to escape; soothing day spas in which to be pampered; and hotel restaurants in which to retreat.
If you'd asked me a few years ago what I thought of Chippendale, I'd have had to admit that, while I appreciate 18th century English baroque cabinetry, it's perhaps a tad too elaborate for my taste. Ask me today what I think of Chippendale, and the first thing that springs to mind is that inner-Sydney suburb now synonymous with urban cool.
When Peng Loh began scouting Sydney’s Chippendale neighborhood in 2011, it hardly looked like a good site for chic hotels and celebrity-chef restaurants. He spotted needles from drug users on the ground and run-down buildings covered in graffiti. But something about the derelict district appealed to him. As he puts it: “I can see the potential in neighborhoods.”
When you’re planning your next vacation and it comes time to choose a hotel, you’ll probably check out some reviews on TripAdvisor, see how close it is to the center of town, how big the rooms are, and if they offer breakfast . . . but it’s worth a deeper dive. Are the room’s views of the city epic? Does the guestroom design make you stop and take notice? Is the breakfast bordering on food porn? Essentially, how Instagram-worthy is it? Even if you’re not a devotee of the app, a hotel worthy of serious Insta-love is probably a sign that you’re in for a good stay.
So whether you’re just searching for a great hotel experience, or you’re after a boost in your Instagram likes, here are nine new or soon-to-open hotels that fit the bill: