In my mind, a hotel has always been just a place you sleep whilst on your travels. Therefore, any basic lodging that provides clean linen and working sewerage was acceptable by my standards. However, during our trip to Sydney for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2015 last week, I experienced a day in the life of my friend Kurt from Blogger’s Boyfriend – two suitcases and a wallet full of luxury hotel loyalty cards – and I’ve come to appreciate the importance of an excellent hotel experience to a memorable trip. For a portion of our stay, we elected for 1888 Hotel, Eatery and Bar on the basis of its obvious ‘Instagram-ability‘. The building in which 1888 has been installed was a wool store in its past life, lovingly converted into this 90 room luxury hotel (the year in which the old wool store was built, 1888, lends the hotel’s namesake). The aesthetics are this hotel’s best asset – its original exposed brick walls, rustic wood beams and large industrial windows, characteristic of 1800’s industrial architecture. The restoration and interior design is in every way glamorous, from the luxe old-world-meets-new furnishings to its grand lobby ceiling, which extends to the top floor (creating an impressive view from the glass elevators). 1888 hotel is ’boutique’, in the most literal sense. The lowest priced and aptly named ‘Shoebox’ room, while beautifully outfitted, is a mere 15 sq m. We opted for the much more generous Williamson room during out stay. However, even this, while being the largest room in the hotel, is still just 26 sq m together with the main living space and loft bedroom – more on this in Part 2. But the clever layout of the hotel makes use of ever opportunity to open up spaces, raise ceilings (3 metres in each room) and flood the interior with light, making it is so easy forget all together the modest footprint of this old wool store. The warm atmosphere and gorgeous settings of 1888 Hotel conjures feelings of, not a stay in the heart of a stifling metropolis, but a visit to a grand estate in the country somewhere.
Photography by Kurt from Blogger’s Boyfriend