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10 new hotels in Australia you can visit now that the country is reopening to tourists

Feb. 09, 2022
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10 new hotels in Australia you can visit now that the country is reopening to tourists
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Slowly but surely the world is reopening for travel — and it's now been announced that Australia is reopening on Feb. 21 to tourists who are fully vaccinated.

Despite being closed to most travelers for the better part of the last two years, the country has had a handful of hotels open up that we're absolutely thrilled to finally get to experience in real life — plus, there are additional openings this year that are giving us even more reason to start looking for flights to the Land Down Under.

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From a swanky Langham on the Gold Coast to a trendy new boutique hotel in Sydney, there's a lot happening in Australia's hotel scene. In fact, we named Australia as one of the best places to visit in 2022 for a lot of reasons, one of which includes the opening of a long-await Marriott property in the lesser-known town of Hobart.

So grab your passport and get ready — it's almost time to visit these incredible new hotels in Australia.

Upcoming hotels in Australia

Langham Gold Coast

(Photo courtesy of Langham Hospitality Group)

If there's one thing we've missed about Australia it's the country's stunning beaches and beautiful cities built right next to the water. When the Langham Gold Coast opens up later this year, guests will have the chance to get the best of surf, sand and city views from one of the hotel's 169 rooms that occupy the first 20 floors of the tallest building of this new futuristic-looking complex. The hotel will offer a handful of restaurants, including the Cantonese restaurant T'ang Court, the Langham's signature tea service at Palm Court and a sky terrace bar with sweeping ocean views.

How to book: Rates are not yet available for the Langham Gold Coast.

Ace Hotel Sydney

(Photo courtesy of Ace Hotel)

Setting up shop for the first time in Australia, Ace Hotel Sydney is a design lover's dream created in partnership between Atelier Ace and Melbourne-based Flack Studio. Built on the former site of a brick factory in Surry Hills, a trendy and eclectic Sydney neighborhood, Ace Hotel Sydney has 264 rooms, a rooftop restaurant and bar, a ground-floor restaurant, bar and cafe, and design elements that reflect the storied history and vibrant communities that have made up the area over the years.

To book: Cash rates can be found starting at $234 for a small (queen-sized) room.

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Ritz-Carlton Melbourne

(Photo courtesy of Marriott)

When the Ritz-Carlton Melbourne opens its doors to guests in June, it will also be opening its doors to one of the most spectacular hotel pools we've ever seen. Sitting high above the Melbourne CBD, this stunning city hotel will offer 256 rooms and suites, a restaurant and bar, wellness facilities and meeting space along with sky-high views that can't be surpassed.

How to book: Booking details for the Ritz-Carlton Melbourne have not been released but we're expecting this to be a top-tier Marriott Bonvoy property.

Kimpton Margot Sydney

(Photo courtesy of IHG Hotels + Resorts)

Feb. 14 is an extra special this year for IHG since it's the day the brand will introduce its newest valentine to the world: the Kimpton Margot Syndey hotel in "the edgy south corner of the city." Located in an updated art deco building, the hotel will offer 172 modern-but-cozy rooms, a wine cellar, a rooftop bar, a pantry-style cafe and a signature restaurant helmed by Australian chef Luke Mangan. Rounded out with a rooftop pool, this new Kimpton is the perfect place to feel at home in Sydney.

How to book: Cash rates for the Kimpton Margot Sydney can be found starting around $231 per night. Award nights start at 46,000 points per night. With the IHG  Rewards Traveler Credit Card, you could earn 120,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.

Open hotels in Australia

The Tasman, a Luxury Collection Hotel

(Photo courtesy of Marriott)

We've had our eye on The Tasman, part of Marriott's Luxury Collection, for a while now. Located in Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, The Tasman is set in a series of heritage buildings that date back to the 1840s. In its 152 guestrooms, travelers will find restored elements from the original building, such as floorboards and a fireplace. There's also an Italian restaurant called Peppina, the Deco Lounge for tea and snacks and a secret cocktail bar called Mary Maryl.

How to book: Rates for this Category 5 property currently start at 30,000 points per night for off-peak dates, 35,000 points on standard nights and 40,000 for peak nights.

W Melbourne

(Photo courtesy of Marriott)

W hotels are known to be big, bold and over-the-top — and the Melbourne property, located in the CBD, is no exception. Here, 294 rooms and suites offer floor-to-ceiling views of the city, modern design and mix-match patterns and texture. Across the hotel, experience modern Australian food by Adam D'Sylva at Lollo, imbibe on fanciful cocktails at Curious or take a swim in the hotel's indoor pool.

How to book: As a Category 6 Marriott Bonvoy property, award night rates at the W Melbourne can be found between 40,000 and 60,000 points per night. With the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card, you could earn 3 Free Night Awards (each night valued up to 50,000 points) after you spend $3,000 on purchases in your first three months from your account opening. Certain hotels have resort fees.

Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street

(Photo courtesy of Hilton)

Situated near some of Melbourne's best arts, theater and entertainment venues, the Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street gave new life to the 1931 Melbourne Equity Chambers, a building with old-world charm and new-age design, including the addition of a 16-floor tower. The hotel is home to an Italian-meets-modern-Australian restaurant, Luci, as well as great in-room amenities such as Chromecast, Dukes Coffee and bath products by local company Hunter Lab.

How to book: Award nights can be found as low as 42,000 Hilton Honors points per night. Apply for the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card and you could score a few free nights at this hotel thanks to the card's welcome bonus of 130,000 Hilton Honors bonus points after you spend $2,000 in purchases on the card in the first three months of card membership.

Sequoia

(Image courtesy of Sequoia)

Perched in the hills above Adelaide, the Sequoia Lodge open its stunning doors to guests and much fanfare last August. An adults-only resort, Sequoia has something to offer everyone: wine tasting in the heart of one of Australia's premier wine regions, culinary delights from a renowned chef, sunrise yoga, stargazing, natural hot pools, koala experiences and more. It's the ultimate retreat to escape into Adelaide's nearby nature to simply let it all go for a second.

How to book: Cash rates start around $856 for double occupancy in a stunning room with views of the hills.

JW Marriott Gold Coast

(Photo courtesy of Marriott)

Down by the beaches at Surfers Paradise, the JW Marriott Gold Coast is a dreamy resort that's close to all of the action. With the city's most desirable attractions within reach, it'll be tempting to get out to explore but even more tempting to just stay put and enjoy the resort's features like a lagoon-style pool, a multi-faceted Japanese restaurant that's both an intimate izakaya as well as a whisky bar, a spa and more.

How to book: A Category 6 Marriott Bonvoy property, award night rates at the W Melbourne can be found between 40,000 and 60,000 points per night.

Crown Sydney

(Image courtesy of Crown Sydney)

Not all hotels are created equal — that's a fact. The Crown Sydney is proof, as it rises above basically all of the metropolis in a new high-rise building redefining the city's skyline. At the bespoke, ultra-luxe hotel, guests can relax in an outdoor infinity pool offering city views, play a round of tennis at the waterfront court, indulge in a lush spa treatment or take in the scenery from a room with picture-perfect views of Sydney.

How to book: Cash rates at the Crown Sydney start around $620 per night.

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