Sydney’s newest hotel – The Collectionist – is offering a custom experience for its guests, with each and every room completely unique in its design. Here’s a quick tour of our favourite rooms.
Photography Terence Chin
When I was a kid I used to love ‘choose your own adventure’ books, so when I discovered that The Collectionist (located in Camperdown, Sydney) seems to offer a similar experience for hotel guests, I was sold! This whole concept really excites me because a) It’s different, and b) I love the idea of choosing a room that reflects my taste. The eclectically designed hotel offers an individual experience, opting away from standard ‘cookie-cutter’ décor. The Collectionist commissioned the talents of seven designers from four leading design studios, and 13 artists, to create 39 individually designed rooms and lobby space.
The design teams credited with bringing The Collectionist concept to life include Andrew Cliffe from The World is Round; Yasmine Ghoniem and Katy Svalbe from Amber Road; Susie Willis and Matt Sheargold from Willis Sheargold; and Josh Cain and Lily Goodwin from Pattern Studio; while the overall construction has been managed by Unita.
Instead of rooms being allocated, guests are invited to peruse available rooms on check-in and choose their room based on the style, colour, texture and design – just as they would a work of art. Genius! This is a revolutionary change to the traditional hotel check-in process, where rooms are pre-allocated; and to room design, where the variety is limited. The Collectionist’s digital booking process is carried through at check-in with access codes to rooms communicated via email and SMS. However, the personal touch remains an important element with social drinks hosted by a bartender between 4pm and 8pm. Rooms are priced from $200-$260 per night depending on the size and whether an outdoor space is included.