A former wool factory, this charming 90-bedroom boutique property is just a short stroll from Darling Harbour, overlooking the humming waterfront.

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It brings life to the Pyrmont neighbourhood, with its gently lit bar and urban design, served up with tasty 'Angry Man' beer, local produce, and regional wines. The rooms have been carefully restored using reclaimed wood from the old foundations of the building, giving it an awesome sense of history and soul. You'll also find work by fun local artists, hints of Australian culture, such as the Nick Cave drawings, and even a fig tree in the lobby.

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Rooms vary in size, but for panoramic views of the city, and a leafy outdoor patio, book The Attic suite. Nightlife comes in the form of The Star or The Ivy, cool clubs a saunter away. By day, the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb will send you 1,332 steps to the top of the city; say hi to the giraffes at Taronga Zoo (honestly, you can see them this high up).

WOW FACTOR The 'selfie' frame in the lobby allows you to #1888Hotel for an instant hit of your pic projected up in the reception area - and five seconds of fame!

FLIGHT TIME 23hrs from the UK

GO The Attic suite costs from £279, B&B. Qantas www.qantas.com.au flights to Sydney from the UK start at £904 

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