Industrial-Chic Hotels

From humble to high-design, 10 converted buildings that breathe new life into the old.

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1888 Hotel, Sydney

One of Sydney’s trendiest accommodations, 1888 Hotel opened its doors in July, welcoming guests to its 90-room boutique property in the Pyrmont neighborhood. The guest rooms feature ten-foot ceilings; windows and desks constructed from recycled timber; and a lobby, an atrium and a bar studded with reclaimed wooden beams and exposed brick. (Despite the vintage details, the five-story hotel takes a modern approach to technology: Each room comes with an iPad and Instagram users with more than 10,000 followers are entitled to one complimentary night’s stay.) The staff wears denim work shirts in a cheeky nod to the heritage-listed building’s previous life as a woolshed. Rooms start at $150; 139 Murray St.; 61-2/8586-1888; 8hotels.com.