Australia’s Best Boutique Hotels
Secluded beaches by day and rooftop bars by night.By Penelope Pelecas | 8th March 2017
Boutique hotels are on a whole other level. Usually decked out with quirky interiors, they can offer a more unique experience while by highlighting the individuality of the space and the personality of the staff who work there.
Whether you’re looking to travel interstate or just searching for the best place for a night away in your hometown, check out our favourite boutique hotels with everything from rooftop cinema bars to secluded beaches,.
Limes Hotel | Fortitude Valley
Rooftop views and old movies? Yes, please! Limes Hotel focusses on creating a unique hotel experience for all guests. Indulge in delicious cocktails and wines at the rooftop bar from Thursday to Sunday – don’t miss the hotel’s signature frosé; the perfect blend of rosé, strawberry and citrus. On Wednesday and Thursday nights, the bar transform into an open-air rooftop cinema, where movie fanatics can enjoy a range of new flicks and old classics. You can even watch the film while relaxing in the hotel’s rooftop plunge pool.
The New Inchcolm Hotel & Suites | Spring Hill
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, there is much to discover at The New Incholm Hotel & Suites. Inspired by the glamourous 1920s, The New Incholm Hotel & Suites is known for it impeccable style, unexpected heritage and a touch of mystery. Uncover hidden gems, heritage-listed treasures and many more well-kept secrets throughout your stay.
TRYP Fortitude Valley Hotel | Fortitude Valley
TRYP Fortitude Valley Hotel welcomes the outside in with a special focus on street art. Marvel at the contemporary designs and outstanding artwork by world-acclaimed artists, and enjoy complimentary wi-fi, pool and gym access. For your very own taste of the Valley’s popular foodie scene, visit next door’s Chur Burger restaurant before heading upstairs to indulge in the delights of one of Brisbane’s best rooftop bars, Up on Constance.
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Spicers Balfour Hotel | New Farm
Catch up on some well-deserved sleep the award-winning Spicers Balfour Hotel. This boutique venue is known to put on an epic the spread for brunch, lunch and afternoon tea. Fall into pastry heaven with a Traditional High Tea for only $55pp, or upgrade to the Balfour Signature High Tea ($70pp). As if you needed another excuse to visit.
QT Gold Coast | Gold Coast
Setting a new standard for boutique hotels, QT Gold Coast boasts a chic and stylish interior. Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, you can take advantage of the proximity of beaches and restaurants nearby. Enjoy the luxury of a full-service spa, pool, two outdoor tennis courts, and the delight of a buffet breakfast.
New South Wales
The Urban Newtown | Newtown
This popular suburb has recently become home to Sydney’s new nightlife precinct. Inspired by an industrial design, The Urban Newtown offers an experience unlike any other, with the best in local restaurants and bars right on your doorstep. If you’re a wine or beer fan, this is the ultimate place for you – regular free wine tastings and local beer samples are a thing!
Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour | Pyrmont
Free breakfast, happy hour, and an in-room mini bar filled with delicious snacks – what else could you want? Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour is the ultimate experience for lovers of boutique hotels. The creatively-styled interior is made up of vibrant colours and contemporary designs, Chill out at the Lo Lounge in the lobby and treat yourself to coffee and nibbles at any time.
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The Old Clare Hotel | Chippendale
Located along the redeveloped Kensington Street precinct, The Old Clare Hotel has a rich and varied history and stunning architecture. From cosy to luxurious, there are seven suite styles to choose from. Can’t decide where to eat? The Old Clare Hotel offers three restaurants, as well as two bars and a rooftop pool.
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel | Watsons Bay
Enjoy stunning harbour views and delicious refreshments at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel. Ride a custom picnic bike for the day and explore Watsons Bay, or take up paddle boarding and see the harbour up close. If you’re after a blissful weekend, this is the destination for you.
Pretty Beach House | Pretty Beach
Only 90 minutes north of Sydney, you can escape the buzz of the city and relax in your own private guesthouse at the spectacular Pretty Beach House. It’s the perfect romantic getaway for two! Treat your tastebuds to an Italian-inspired menu in the mail dining hall, or in the privacy of the wine cellar. If you need to de-stress, Pretty Beach House also offers a number of spa treatments for guests. This might just be what dreams are made of.
28 Degrees | Byron Bay
A short distance from town and the beach, enjoy a luxurious stay at 28 Degrees. With two styles of suites to choose from, you will find your perfect haven, whether you prefer your own garden and a plunge pool or the view of Byron Bay’s famous lighthouse. The Garden Room and the Lighthouse Room both offer complete privacy and luxurious bedding, along with a range of unique features.
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St Jerome’s – The Hotel | Melbourne
On the rooftop of Melbourne Central Shopping Centre, St Jerome’s – The Hotel takes luxury camping to the next level with 21 world-class canvas bell tents, each elegantly-styled and -fitted. Enjoy the flow of complimentary sweet treats on arrival, cocktails during happy hour, a cooler full of local beer and ciders, custom-made Gelato Messina dessert, and a game of tenpin bowling at Strike Bowling. It’s the perfect escape!
Adelphi Hotel | Melbourne
If you love all things sweet, this is the place for you. Adelphi Hotel is known for signature mouth-watering desserts and cocktails,. Take a stroll through their enchanting hotel, made up of swinging chairs, a famous rooftop bar and an award-winning basement restaurant.
The Prince Hotel | St Kilda
Step away from the bustling CBD of Melbourne and take a short tram ride over to St Kilda this weekend. The Prince Hotel makes for a luxurious and unforgettable stay; if you’re a lover of good food, be sure to visit their award-winning Circa restaurant. Need a reboot? Relax and unwind at the Aurora Spa, and indulge in all things peaceful.
Kingsford Homestead | Gawler
If you were a fan of McLeod’s Daughters, you might recognise Kingsford Homestead. Located on the edge of the scenic Barossa Valley, this boutique hotel doubled as the set for the hit Aussie series. Now you can take in the beautiful views from your suite, or host your next event at one of the unique venues with a touch of rural charm at your next event.
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Kangaroo Beach Lodges | De Mole River
Situated between an old farmyard and an isolated cove, at Kangaroo Beach Lodges you can explore the local scenery by morning and the cave rocks by noon, and end the day tanning at your very own secluded beach. Did someone say wine? You can have the best flavours the region has to offer delivered right to your door. It couldn’t get any better than this!
Australian Capital Territory
Hotel Hotel | Canberra
Love the buzz of people? Hotel Hotel has everything! Only a few steps away from your door, you can explore the Nishi Gallery, Pilates, Palace Electric Cinema, Soma Day Spa and a vast selection of restaurants with delicious dishes to choose from. Our favourite? The 1920s-inspired Parlour Wine Room!
Alex Hotel | Perth
Designed by locals, the Alex Hotel creates a home-like experience for any traveller, whether you’re flying solo or with the family. Relax by the Lobby Espresso Bar & Lounge, indulge at the Mezzanine Breakfast Bar, or step out to the rooftop terrace.
The Nest on Newcastle | Perth
Inspired by comfort and individuality, The Nest on Newcastle has 20 elegantly-styled rooms to choose from. Fancy a beautiful view? The rooftop garden overlooks the city skyline. And there’s no need to venture far for food; tasty dishes and great restaurants are just a few steps away.
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Longitude 131 | Yulara
Ever wanted to see Uluru up close? At Longitude 131, you’ll wake up to stunning views from your personal luxury tent, and you can get the authentic experience with an Outback tour. With a great mix of modern and Indigenous flavours, Table 131 offers the finest contemporary Australian cuisine.
Bamurru Plains | Kakadu
Situated just west of Kakadu National Park, Bamurru Plains allows up to 20 guests to enjoy exclusive access to the amazing rivers and plains on-site. Spot crocs from the riverboat, and wallaby and buffalo from an open-top safari –there are a number of activities available to guests. If you love the outdoors and enjoy wildlife, this will be an experience you will never forget.
Saffire Freycinet | Coles Bay
Enjoy views overlooking Great Oyster Bay in your luxury or signature suite, or take things up a notch with one of their private pavilions – you’ll fall in love with the private dining area, plunge pool and deck. All suite packages include breakfast, lunch, dinner and a complimentary mini bar with lounge beverages to choose from. Did we mention the $150 credit card for spa treatments?
Mona Pavilions | Berriedale
Experience breathtaking views from the comfort of your suite at Mona Pavilions. Each room is named after an influential Australian artist or architect, and the hotel also features pieces from the Mona collection. Everything about this boutique hotel is enchanting, from museum cafes, to suites tucked away in the trees.
Pumphouse Point | Lake St Clair
A hotel overlooking a lake – could this be any more scenic? Pumphouse Point features three levels of stunning suites, peaceful lounge areas and a help-yourself bar! Why not take a nature walk and enjoy the beautiful views? Or if you’re up for an adventure, there are a range of overland tracks to choose from.
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