West Hotel opens in Barangaroo, Sydney

Australia's first hotel under the Curio Collection by Hilton banner is West Hotel Sydney, a 182-room property dripping with design and location desirability. That's the calling card of Curio, a collection of unique hotels, that includes the Aleph Rome Hotel inhabiting an old bank building, The Trafalgar St James London with a rooftop bar overlooking Trafalgar Square and The Renwick in New York City, housed in a building once home to artists' studios and intellectuals such as John Steinbeck and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The Barangaroo-adjacent West Hotel fits in that its new-build jewel-like structure by Australian Architecture firm Fitzpatrick and Partners, sits on historic Sussex Street, with a spectacular facade of 333 glass panels catching the changing light. Interiors by Woods Bagot are "modern classic", featuring deep tones with marble and brass accents.

While Sydney has had a recent upsurge of large and high rise hotels, this mid-rise boutique offering sits in proportion to the historic pub next door and its two buildings, one eight-storey and the other, at street front, six storeys, are connected via an atrium filled with lush plants, reflecting the hotel's botanic theme and the location's history, with natives featuring prominently in motifs, floral displays and names of rooms, including the restaurant, Solander, named after Daniel Solander, the Swedish botanist who accompanied Captain James Cook and Joseph Banks on the Endeavour.

Each room is high tech with Bluetooth-enabled audio visual technology and though not the biggest rooms in the city, there's plenty of room for both work and play.

Opening rates from $358.

See westhotel.com.au