Crystalbrook Albion, for history and sophistication
In the leafy suburb of Surry Hills, this sophisticated hotel scores points for offering its guests walking tours of the area. The history is fascinating, as you’ll learn. Previously – in the dark depths of Sydney’s sinful days – things were insalubrious. Now the backstreets are known for upmarket bars, cafes and galleries. Back at the hotel, relax and recuperate. No room here is the same, with choices ranging from elegant and straightforward doubles to the Albion suite with its four-poster bed. Mindful touches include room iPads with programmed yoga and Pilate routines, soak-in bathtubs and a cash-free policy.