Sydney ‘Guest House’ redefines the small hotel experience
- Little Albion is reinventing the traditional ‘guest house’ – catering to modern travellers needs by offering the service and amenities of a luxury boutique hotel with the comfort and warmth of a home
- Live like a local (and with a local) – Little Albion boasts a knowledgeable team of hosts led by a Surry Hills local
- Hoteliers as the designers – the 8Hotels team spent three years driving the design process, working hand in hand with the builders, artisans and fabricators to create a totally bespoke building filled with in-house designed art works and one of a kind fittings, finishes and fixtures throughout
The latest addition to the 8HOTELS portfolio, the plush 35-room Little Albion Guest House located in the hip Sydney suburb of Surry Hills, has officially opened its doors today. Created by pioneers of the boutique hotel category, 8HOTELS, Little Albion is redefining the small hotel category by developing the world’s most luxurious guest house meeting the every desire of the modern guest.
Delightfully intimate, devastatingly gorgeous, genuinely original and refreshingly unpretentious, Little Albion is the embodiment of the local guest house experience reimagined for the modern luxury traveller. The property was designed and developed by 8HOTELS and Builder / Designer Connie Alessi, in consultation with Cressida Kennedy, and is largely influenced by 1920s and 1970s styles, merging a heritage listed building with new construction.
The concept came about after researching hotels through the ages. From the very first kind, the ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn dating back to the eighth century AD) to the modern big box branded hotels of the 80’s, followed by the explosion of boutique offerings and finally through to the innovation of the game-changing Airbnb platform. From here, they saw a clear evolution of the consumer journey and landed squarely on what both corporate and leisure guests genuinely want from their ‘home away from home’ – the luxury and comfort of a hotel teamed with the ease and familiarity of home.
Paul Fischmann, Founder and CEO of 8Hotels says, “Little Albion Guest House was created with the needs of today’s luxury travelers in the front of our minds, which are the authenticity of a local experience, alongside world class boutique hotel service and ease of booking. To do this we had to redefine the whole hotel category by imagining a modern guest house, developed with the same attention to detail that a home owner has in creating their dream home, resulting in this truly one of a kind property.”
Little Albion will have a dedicated team of hosts led by boutique hotel guru and genuine Surry Hills local, Wendy Morris, who will be on hand around the clock to offer individualised service. The guest house will also feature an honour bar stocked with top shelf beverages and gourmet nibbles where guests are encouraged to help themselves as they would at home. Head to the rooftop and discover a stunning garden oasis with alfresco seating, outdoor shower and northerly aspect with views over Surry Hills and the city of Sydney.
Little Albion has joined forces with revolutionary accommodation provider Airbnb to be the first ‘hotel’ that can be exclusively booked out via the Airbnb platform. The property is available to be booked out as a ‘whole hotel’, with prices starting from $15,000 per night on the Airbnb platform (airbnb.com.au/littlealbion).
Founded in 2003, 8Hotels is a Sydney based creator, developer and specialist operator of unique, design led hotels across Australia and abroad. The group have always been ahead of the game in terms of meeting modern guest needs and creating a unique feel for their properties. They have successfully developed and managed over 20 hotels in recent years, including 1888 in Pyrmont – the first Instagram Hotel, The Ultimo in Haymarket – the first Astrology Hotel and Felix Hotel in Mascot – a game changing airport hotel. Stay tuned for more new hotels coming soon to Surry Hills and Darling Harbour. 8hotels.com