Design Hotels in Australia
Since 1993 Design Hotels™ is uniting distinct boutique hotels around the globe to offer authentic and meaningful hospitality experiences to design-driven travellers. Hotels recognised by Design Hotels™ is a hand-selected collection of privately owned and operated hotels that ensure unique creative expression, cultural authenticity, and most importantly, they bring vivid, audiovisual storytelling.
So far, Australia has three hotels that meet requirements to hold the Design Hotel namesake. Each of them is unique and exceptional in their own way.
Raising on the site of former Pub and Carlton United Brewery in the trendy neighborhood of Chippendale, The Old Clare Hotel showcases semi-industrial feel and unpretentious luxury tastefully respecting the building’s heritage.
The Hotel Concept is a bold vision of a hotelier Loh Lik Peng and a local architectural team Tonkin Zulaikha Greer. The 62 rooms offer an embracing mix of bespoke handcrafted items with an authentic, old-world feel, and serve as a base from which one can experience arguably the best rooftop bar and pool in the city, as well as three unique restaurants, which include the inspired work of chef Clayton Wells.
The hotel features muted colour schemes of greys and whites emphasized with exposed brick, concrete, and warm timber panelling.
Designed by Australian architectural firm Fender Katsalidis, in collaboration with Japanese Suppose Design Office, Ovolo Nishi is materialised on concepts of sustainability, diversity, and urban lifestyle.
Ovolo Nishi is located in the New Acton, Canberra’s cultural hub, a favourite mingling place for travel enthusiasts and culture lovers visiting Australia’s Capital. Designed by Australian architectural firm Fender Katsalidis in collaboration with the Suppose Design Office from Japan, Ovolo Nishi is materialised on concepts of sustainability, diversity, and urban lifestyle. The design was realized by accomplished filmmaker Don Cameron, who brought his exceptional eye for framing, color, and texture to construct engaging visual narratives.
The main hotel feature, a grand stair, is crafted from reused and salvaged timbers opening up to an inviting foyer that inspires gatherings and socialization. All public spaces in the hotel are designed with simple materials highlighting creativity and craftsmanship, while reclaimed and restored furniture, commission art and curated objects featured in every of 68 uniquely designed rooms create refined and cultivated ambience.
Throughout the hotel, Australian Landscape and Diversity are showcased in designs and patterns on the furnishings and across the walls. Performing in sustainable manner, materials and finishes used in the hotel create a feel of raw materiality and contribute to the quality of stay. From clay rendering that purifies the air, to cork, and wallpaper composed entirely of natural fibres, each room brings a brings a unique ambiance.
Designer Fady Hachemn subtly infused this decadent theme in all areas of the hotel, featuring rich, chocolate-toned furnishings, rugs in shapes of cakes, “licorice allsorts” stools, followed by the delightful smell of baking in the air.The hotel has been renovated several times throughout history preserving simple, elegant design and pioneering as a first minimalist 34-room boutique hotel in Australia in 1993. Adelphi’s latest refurbishment in 2014 retained the bulding’s original warehouse style featuring metal windows and concrete façade, while the interior took on the artistic, funky vibe.
One of hotel’s most attractive features is a glass-bottomed rooftop pool sticking out two meters from the hotel’s façade, raising high above Flinders Lane.