Sometimes, you just don’t have the time (or the energy) to pack your bags and head off on a weekender. Maybe you’ve got far too many events lined up for the forseeable future (me, hello). Maybe it’s just that you want to do something fancy, but CBF moving more than 30 minutes away from your actual home.
Staycations are having a revival thanks to a bunch of chic hotels that are offering fancy times right in your home city. And honestly – how many of us can say they’ve even played tourist in the place we live/work?
Whether you want an overnighter with your s.o that’s more romantic than your room in your share house, or feel like hitting the bars with mates and having the comfiest bed in existence a stones throw away, we hit up some extremely fab hotels in our home cities to let you know what the fuss is about.
The Old Clare is perfectly situated right on the edge of the city, so you get the best of all worlds – you’re near all the fun, touristy attractions like Centrepoint, but you’re also extremely close to cooler spots like Glebe, Chippendale and Newtown.
Space-wise, The Old Clare is all about refurbed vintage vibes – the rooms keep a lot of their original decor, but mix it with primo bed linen, chic furnishings and all the mod cons. Bonus? There’s an epic rooftop pool, and you can borrow bikes to whiz around the neighbourhood.
OUR TAKE : “The Old Clare was a real kick for a girl like me who loves anything old-timey. I stayed in the Connell Room, which has a huge comfy bed and a shower, er, right in the middle of the room. So if you’re staying there with a platonic friend rather than your bf/gf, you’ll have to shut your eyes unless you want a free show. There’s loads of amazing food/drink options right near the Old Clare, and next door is the Central Park shopping complex, so my partner and I splashed out on a Palace Platinum movie sesh, which was like Gold Class but even more luxe – trust me when I tell you the cheese plate was next level.” – Josie, Head Of Editorial.
The Darling is part of Sydney’s The Star complex, so you’re right above the casino, tons of excellent restaurants (we hit up Black Bar & Grill and trust us when we say it was the best steak of our lives) and Marquee nightclub. This is the place to stay with a mate or two for a splurgy Sat night.
OUR TAKE: “I stayed in a Stellar Suite, and it was HUGE. Everything giant – massive lounge room with massive floor-to-ceiling windows, insanely big, soft bed and walk-in shower situation with those massage jets. I felt like Leonardo Di Caprio.” – Mel, Senior Style Editor.
Pier One is where you go when you really wanna get into the Sydney tourist vibes. It’s literally underneath the Harbour Bridge. Look at that view! From an egg bath, no less! Plus, up until the end of Feb they have a sweet little pontoon and ocean pool happening, and it’s extremely Instagram-worthy.
OUR TAKE: “Staying at Pier One was a lot of fun, because despite the fact I’ve lived in Sydney most of my life, I rarely get around to that corner of The Rocks. I reckon I spent at least an hour or two of my stay just looking out at Sydney Harbour, an activity made all the more pleasant by the fact that the room was very, very comfortable. It’s a very luxe way to get a new perspective on your city.” – James, Deputy Editor.
Glamping? In the middle of the city? Yep, it exists in the form of St Jerome’s – The Hotel, which features a boutique set of luxury tents situated on a rooftop. This is millennial holidaying at it’s peak – and it’s perfect if your idea of luxury is amazing views, chic furnishings, and drinking craft beer while playing boules.
OUR TAKE: “The last time I legitimately went camping, I ran out of food halfway through and copped a life-alterning sunburn. While it is technically a tent, The Lodge at St. Jerome’s Hotel was a far sight more comfortable: a lush bed, complimentary cocktails and a huge breakfast hamper delivered in the morning.” – David, News Editor.
Situated right on St Kilda Rd, The Blackman took out the Best Superior Accommodation award for 2017 at the Victorian TAA Awards, and with good reason. It’s geared around the art of Charles Blackman, and his works adorn the walls throughout the hotel, along with quirky boutique interiors and designer furnishings.
OUR TAKE: “The Blackman’s pretty ideal if you’re keen on feeling like you’re kipping in the bedroom of a very rich person. Giant artworks are dotted throughout the joint, the giant bed sleeps like a cloud and the room’s nifty little balcony would’ve been a super nice spot to chill had Melbourne not decided to piss itself with rain the whole night. It’s comfy as hell there, super quiet, and in a pretty ideal location.” – Cam, Senior News Editor.
Tryp is an extremely cool hotel situated in the middle of the entertainment/nightlife district of Fortitude Valley. It’s not designed to be cosy – the artwork is loud and captivating -each floor of the hyper-modern building is adorned with art from a different Australian street artist, like Fintan Magee, Rone, Numskull and Beastman – and the rooms feature bright, modern furnishings and mood lighting. Two rooms feature internal spas, and one has an outdoor private spa – extremely lush.
OUR TAKE: “TRYP is like a super comfy, pocket-sized art gallery. Each floor of the hyper-modern building is adorned with art, from psychedelic colour explosions to hyperrealist portraits. My room came with a wee courtyard, and all the glass and coloured perspex adds up to some extremely chill Blade Runner 2049 vibes. Not bad imho.” – Sam, Afternoon/Nights Writer.
This hotel is based in Spring Hill, meaning you’re juuust outside of the city, but close enough to walk on in. There’s cute cafes down the road, and the hotel has a sweet 50 metre pool with sundeck that’s perfect for lounging around in. Also? The rooms are massive.
OUR TAKE: “My room was so quiet you could hear a pin drop – I can’t remember the last time I had such a good night’s sleep. Most likely because my bed was the size of a small planet.” – Mel, Senior Style Editor.Image: The Old Clare