Five of the best luxury hotel experiences in Australia

Hotels are as captivated by trends as any other fashionable pursuit, and in 2018 we don't just want a room: we want an experience. This year has seen the continued rise of the design hotel, with travellers seeking Instagrammable moments from the lobby to the bathroom. Artisanal amenities, hyper local minibars (often included in the room rate), and high end on-site restaurants are also must haves. We're more tech savvy than ever, hooking up our devices, swapping in-room compendiums for iPads and embracing the digital concierge. Those flying around the country on business are ditching the mass-market mint on the pillow for an authentic urban retreat. Here are some of the best openings of the year.

Best retreat

The Calile, Brisbane

Fortitude Valley welcomes this impressive $100 million resort-style hotel on happening James Street. Inspired by the grand hotels of Miami and Los Angeles, the 175 rooms overlook a sparkling 30-metre-pool. The chic, minimal design embraces warm tones of pink and brass feeling like a beachy, hot-climate escape in the heart of Brisbane.

48 James Street, Fortitude Valley.


Best design

United Places, Melbourne

An exclusive, 12-suite enclave in Melbourne's upmarket South Yarra, United Places is everything we want in a hotel. There's Le Labo amenities, Sullivans Cove whisky in the mini bar, and some of the most luxurious furniture money can by. Add sweeping views of the Botanic Gardens and Scott Pickett's two-hatted restaurant Matilda downstairs and you've got the ingredients for an unforgettable stay.

157 Domain Road, South Yarra.

Best tech

Skye Suites, Sydney


These sleek serviced apartments at the base of a 25-storey, multi-residential tower embrace the digital life. With tablets by the beds, and huge televisions hooked up to your Netflix and Spotify, checking in really feels like being at home – if your home had Kevin Murphy amenities, free minibar and WiFi, and a space-age indoor pool.

300 Kent Street, Sydney.


Best chain

QT, Perth

This is how you do a chain. With seven more luxe locations across Australia and New Zealand, QT is a comfortably quirky hotel experience you can rely on. The Perth outpost is arguably the best yet, with 184 design-led rooms over 18 stories in the the Murray Street Mall shopping district. Like Melbourne's QT before it, there's also a ripper rooftop bar for a cocktail or three.

133 Murray Street, Perth.


Best package

Paramount House Hotel, Sydney

From the kombucha tap in the lobby to the glorious wooden Japanese baths in the top end rooms, no details has been left unexamined at this game-changing boutique hotel in the heart of Sydney's Surry Hills. The New York loft stylings and. Plus there's a cracker cafe, top restaurant, wellness retreat and arthouse cinema on site. Can we please move in?

80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills.


Check out the best locations Australia has to offer in the gallery up top.