by Zac in Cool Travel on Thursday 3 October 2013

The 1888 Hotel, by 8Hotels, is one of the newest and most interesting arrivals to the Sydney boutique hotel scene. Everything about this great little hotel is slightly different, starting with its name (the year Kodak launched the first box and roll camera).

Photography is a key theme that runs throughout the hotel. For a start, screens are featured in the lobby, displaying a wall of recently tagged Instagram photos. And hipsters who have more than 10,000 Instagram followers get to stay a night free.

Thankfully, there’s plenty of things to shoot in this 90 room hotel. The building is a refurbished wool store, which after $30 million and two years has emerged a carefully crafted yet affordable boutique hotel. In just a few months, occupancy is high and Trip Adviser is full of glowing praise. For good reasons.

Our room was a Junior Suite, which was high ceilinged, light and generously proportioned. The windows faced north and the room featured original wooden beams and exposed brickwork. The building has a glass walled elevator which looks out across the foyer. The staff were friendly in the best casual-Australian way.

While there I popped my head into the ‘Shoebox’ room, which despite its name felt more than large enough if a hotel room is not your core reason for being in Sydney.

The hotel is perfectly located; I walked to my morning meeting in the city and from there to our Surry Hills office. Most impressively, the 1888 is decidedly affordable – especially if you’re an Instagram legend!

This is a gem of a hotel and one we’ll be looking forward to visiting again soon.