1888 HOTEL

      A seductive mix of old and new, Sydney's 1888 Hotel deftly merges the dramatic industrial details of its settingâ in a circa 1888 wool warehouseâ with hip, young service and carefully chosen high-end updates like complimentary iPads, loft-like suites, and a lobby alcove custom designed for Instagram "selfies." Though there is no pool on site, the hotel has a relationship with the world-class Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, just a few steps away, which contains not only an olympic-sized pool but also fitness classes and multiple steam and sauna facilities.