Boutique Hotels – Part 1

If you’re in search of a way to win over the heart of someone special, there are many ways in which you can do it and plenty of locations, from flash and fancy to cozy and intimate, where you can enjoy a romantic getaway. However, in our view, few displays of affection can eclipse the allure of a weekend away at a discreet boutique hotel.

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So what sets boutique hotels apart from the crowd? Indeed what, exactly, is a boutique hotel?

Basically, it is a hotel that offers a unique experience to its guests for the duration of their stay. In general, boutique hotels are independently owned and not part of a huge chain. They specialize in luxury services and amenities that are exclusive to their own establishment and often are decorated and furnished in a singular style, sometimes following a theme. In addition to all this, they are usually in either particularly beautiful rural areas or bang in the middle of the most fashionable district in town.

Boutique hotels have been all the rage overseas for a while now, especially in Europe and North America, but Australia has now woken up to the idea and there are new establishments popping up all over the country. Whether they are in a trendy inner city location or nestled in some idyllic bushland setting, they all offer sumptuous accommodation and superb levels of service for those looking for truly memorable romantic escapes.

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All the major Australian cities have a clutch of such hotels for couples wishing to spend quality time together on a city break. Here are just some of the great places where you can stay:

Sydney has some beauties, including the heritage-listed Medusa in groovy Darlinghurst and the nearby Kirketon with it’s delicious cocktails, whilst around the corner in humming Kings Cross there’s The Storrier, the eponymous establishment of the artist Tim Storrier. What was once the W Hotel in Woolloomooloo is now simply known as Blue, but whatever you call it, it’s still one of the sexiest hotels in Sydney. There’s also the stunning Diamant Hotel in Kings Cross, which has views of the city to die for from its spectacular terrace. And it would be a sin not to mention the aggressively cutting edge and oh so quirky QT Sydney which marries a killer location with truly individual décor and uber slick staff.

Melbourne’s buzzing CBD has the Hotel Lindrum which combines gorgeous architectural lines with exemplary service. South Yarra is one of the trendiest parts of Melbourne, packed full of great shops, fantastic cafes and some truly excellent restaurants. Given this, it’s no surprise that this thriving suburb has a number of luxury hotels including white-hot Lyall Hotel (a previous winner of Australia’s Leading Boutique Hotel by the World Travel Awards), the chic The Hatton and the sophisticated The Como Melbourne. The other Melbourne hotel hot spot is St Kilda, where you’ll find romantic escapes such as Prince Hotel Melbourne, home of the iconic Circa restaurant and the starkly contemporary Cosmopolitan Hotel Melbourne.