The Hippest Boutique Hotels in Sydney & Melbourne

September 12, 2017

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It’s not always easy to know which hotel to book – there are so many options these days, that sometimes the search for the perfect boutique stay becomes more overwhelming than the thought of packing. But we’re here to help. We’ve rounded up the hippest digs in Sydney and Melbourne, in order to make your trip planning at least a little bit easier.

If you’re heading to funky Melbourne, check out these recs from our HUNT Melbourne writer, Amelia Chia:


Coppersmith. Image courtesy of the venue.

Formerly the Cricket Club Hotel, Coppersmith was given a makeover in 2014 and now boasts 15 polished guestrooms. From the sleek pendant lights to the attractive parquet flooring, this boutique hotel has created a cosmopolitan space that feels like your own. I love how impeccable the service is here — all you have to do is ask and the team will go all out to recommend the best eats, shops and even the nearest yoga studio.If you feel like staying in, pop down to Coppersmith Bar and Bistro for pub grub and craft brews.

QT Melbourne

QT Melbourne. Image courtesy of the venue.

QT Melbourne is all about sensory perfection. The contemporary digs are filled with quirky art pieces, including a towering stack of old paperbacks stuffed into a wall. Each room is fitted out in a bold color scheme with sophisticated touches, such as patterned wardrobe wallpaper and Japanese-inspired sliding doors. At sundown, Rooftop at QT is the only place to be: grab a couple of cocktails (the Yarra Valley Sour is delish) and tasty sliders, then enjoy the glittering view of the CBD. For dinner, head down to swanky Euro-bistro Pascale Bar & Grill, which serves up hearty dishes, including a beautiful selection of wood-fired meats. But my favorite part? The elevators here, which told Amelia she looks better from behind. Programmed to say over 50 tongue-in-cheek phrases, they detect the amount of people and call out accordingly.

St. Jerome’s the Hotel

St Jerome’s The Hotel. Image courtesy of the venue.

If you’re looking for a unique stay, this is it. St Jerome’s The Hotel‘s opulent camping on a rooftop with the city skyline acting as the backdrop. Each of the 21 canvas-bell tents comes with a double or queen bed, plush robes, a split system air-conditioner, a portable cooler with complimentary beers and ciders, and a tablet loaded with movies. As for the bathrooms, there are nine chic toilet and shower facilities that are stocked with luxurious ASPAR hand soap, moisturizer, shampoo and conditioner. What’s more, the rate includes a beverage per person, tea delivery before bed and a breakfast box with fresh coffee in the morning.

The Lyall

The Lyall. Image via

Located in a tranquil, upscale neighborhood, The Lyall is an elegant option for those who prefer being away from the buzz of the city, but still close to superb lifestyle options: this high-end accommodation is a short walk away from tons of boutiques and eateries on Chapel Street. There are only 40 one- and two-bedroom suites on this property, and each is wonderfully spacious, featuring stately floor to ceiling windows that open to a private balcony.

The Prince

The Prince. Image courtesy of the venue.

Sumptuous and elegant, The Prince overlooks the waters of Port Phillip Bay in the heart of St Kilda. It’s like being in Melbourne’s version of balmy Los Angeles — step out of the lobby and you’re inhaling the salty sea air. The rooms are bathed in natural light and boast a neutral color palette with exclusive touches, such as neatly-folded throws and light fixtures created from craypots. Tip: don’t forget to book in at the award-winning Aurora Spa before checking out.

If it’s sunny Sydney that’s on your radar, then HUNT Sydney writer Jasmine Crittenden‘s vibrant hotel picks should suit you fine:

Kirketon Hotel

Kirketon Hotel. Image courtesy of the venue.

Kirketon Hotel occupies an elegantly restored, two-story, heritage-listed building, three minutes’ walk from Kings Cross station. Sleek interiors feature dark gray carpet, leather armchairs, bronze metallic curtains and white linen, making each room look like a scene from a 1920s film noir thriller. Before sinking into bed, drop by the hotel’s award-winning cocktail bar, Eau De Vie, for a nightcap.

Larmont Sydney by Lancemore

Larmont Sydney by Lancemore. Image via

Traveling with your best furry friend? Reserve a room at the Larmont. It’s one of the few hotels in town where dogs are welcome. You and your furkid can hang out together in common spaces and snuggle into a king-sized bed, surrounded by soft, feather pillows and a 42-inch plasma TV. Lassie, anyone? Whether you need a bowl of fresh water or an in-room meal, you’ll get helpful, efficient service every time.

Manor House Boutique Hotel

Manor House Boutique Hotel. Image via

On the southern side of Oxford Street, step into the Victorian Era at the Manor House Boutique Hotel. The building, which dates to the 1850s, opened as a stylish hotel in 1988. Each of the 17 high-ceilinged rooms has a unique interior, decorated with lush velvet drapes, antique furniture and prints of famous Impressionist paintings. The buffet breakfast, served in the hotel’s sunny atrium, is complimentary.

Medusa Hotel

Medusa Boutique Hotel. Image courtesy of the venue.

Book the Medusa Hotel and you won’t need to take off your sunnies as nearly every one of its 18 rooms is an adventure in complementary colors and fun patterns. Think sunburnt oranges against cobalt blues, mustard yellows against violets and red polka dots. Since the early ’90s, this daring, cool hideaway has been on the hit list for all Sydney-bound travelers with an interest in design. There isn’t a restaurant, bar or lounge within the accommodation, which gives you more reasons to explore the rest of Darlinghurst.

QT Sydney

QT Sydney. Image courtesy of the venue.

Yves Klein blue rugs, neon pink chairs, LED installations, red-wigged hosts known as “Directors of Chaos,” ceramic rabbits, an entire wall made of retro suitcases… the fun, sexy, five-star QT Sydney is a glorious adventure in style. All 200 guest suites, which stretch across two of Sydney’s most eye-catching historical buildings where Gothic-Italianiate and Art Deco architectural influences combine, come with bespoke furnishings, and most have colossal hot tubs. There’s a café, restaurant, cocktail bar, a spa and a barber, where you can sink into a leather chair for a “Mr. Bond” male grooming experience. For a unique designer present, pop into the hotel’s gift shop, Qtique.

Simpsons Boutique Hotel of Potts Point

Simpsons Boutique Hotel. Image courtesy of the venue.

The Simpsons’ red brick and timber stands out among Potts Point’s Art Deco architecture. Built in 1892, this intimate, 12-room hotel feels a bit like a European guesthouse – and a home away from home. Expect to be greeted warmly with a welcoming glass of port and a friendly chat. When you’re not busy exploring the city, kick back in the drawing room, where you’ll find an extensive library and historical photographs. Wake up to a continental breakfast, served in the conservatory.

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