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There’s not one single double up when it comes to the rooms interiors – and that’s where the fun really begins. Apart from size and layout, no room has a doppelganger – and that’s where the fun really begins.
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It took twelve artists and seven architects from four design firms to craft and custom-design the 39 unique rooms at this experiential art hotel. Open for curious customers from 24 May, you won’t find any standardised linen or repetitive hallway treatments here: art has been selectively sourced from global design capitals or painted directly onto walls and the furniture is a mix of new and one-of-a-kind vintage pieces.
Surprise and delight
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It’s these small surprises – a mid-century occasional chair in a quiet corner or an angular art deco pendant light – across the four room types (Bootstrap, Moonshiner, Tinkerer and Artisan) that give you the feeling you’re not in Camperdown anymore.
Out and about
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All rooms include fully equipped kitchens, Nespresso coffee machines and free wifi. Moonshiner rooms and above feature balconies of varying sizes – some sprawling enough for a relaxed morning coffee.
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Some rooms have moody, midnight-coloured walls and heavy velvet curtains (take, for instance, the aptly titled “Gotham” room), while others are a riot of tinge and texture, with classical art pieces in Yves Klein Blue-coloured frames and geometric carpets of terrazzo-esque prints with glittery borders.
Choose your own adventure
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The other drawcard is that you won’t be assigned a room at check-in: you’ll choose it yourself. How does it work? Each available room is left open for guests to peep into and make a choice upon entering. Then, it’s yours to keep for the night once you enter your personalised pin.
What will it be?
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Feel like settling into a Flintstones home? “Klay” is the abode for you thanks to its textured walls and ceilings, puckered with rock-like surfaces.
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Hankering for an evening that has the homey touches of nanna’s lounge with traces of hip? Try the ‘”Malmo”, where forest-scene tapestries feature a hidden Spongebob cartoon and the pistachio carpet isn’t at all passé.
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Details besides wall colour also count at The Collectionist. Case in point: the small and straight-to-the-point refreshment area near the entrance has a double fridge stocked with very local brews of IPAs, sour raspberry Weissbeers from Camperdown’s Wayward Brewing Co. and Young Henry’s tinnies from neighbouring Newtown. Access to these is unlimited between 4-8pm. Talk about happy hour.
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Savvy customers will also appreciate the bathrooms are generously stocked with Who Gives a Crap toilet paper, paraben- and mineral oil-free toiletries and toothbrushes with biodegradable handles.
Camp out in Camperdown
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Tucked into a quiet, residential side street in the inner city suburb of Camperdown, The Collectionist may feel as though it’s more than a few strolls away from activity but don’t be fooled. Camperdown Commons – the urban farm and eatery that rivals Alexandria’s ever-crowded The Grounds for that inner-city-rural panache – is mere metres away, as is the modernised Lady Hampshire pub.
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Breakfast options are plentiful too: hearty brunch café Runcible Spoon is a few streets away and good ol’ fashioned treat baker Grumpy Donuts made its first permanent home just 500 metres away.
Ready, set, book
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Ready to choose your own adventure? The Collectionist is open for bookings from 24 May.