5 Australian Hotels You Must Experience

  • July 12th, 2017
Hotel Hotel in Canberra

At Modscape we love to get away, immerse ourselves and be inspired by the big wide world. These out-of-office experiences inspire our designs and your modular homes. As avid lovers of architecture and exploration we’ve asked our team to narrow down their favourite Australian hotels. Trust us – you must experience them. 

1. Pumphouse Point – Lake St Clair, TAS

Pumphouse Point in Lake St Clair, Tasmania

Let us begin with Pumphouse Point at Lake St Clair, Tasmania, which has a rich historical tie to mid-century industrialisation. In 1930 Tasmania’s state hydroelectricity scheme built the 5 storey pumphouse, 275 meters out onto Lake St Clair. The state of the art facility was finished in 1940 but decommissioned for use in the 1990’s. Current owner Simon Currant purchased the unused Pumphouse in 2004 and spent the next decade bringing it back to life as the unique destination it is today.

Pumphouse Point in Lake St Clair, Tasmania

Pumphouse Point accommodation comprises of “The Pumphouse” and “The Shorehouse”, both of which are wonderful options, however we’d strongly recommend that if you’ve come this far you may as well experience one of the world’s most pristine environments from the middle of Australia’s deepest lake in The Pumphouse.

Pumphouse Point in Lake St Clair, Tasmania

Beyond the sights at Pumphouse Point, this destination provides an experience for your other senses. Begin your day with a hearty Highlands breakfast before exploring, refeed from your gourmet in-room platter, drink from the honesty bar, then enjoy a shared table dinner with your hosts and fellow guests. Pumphouse Point’s food and beverage selection is a curated showcase of Tasmania’s best produce. Delicious!

2. Hotel Hotel – Canberra ACT

Hotel Hotel occupies three levels of the Nishi building at NewActon in Canberra. The architectural delight is lakeside, bush side, 10mins by car to the airport and 2 mins by foot to the CBD. Aside from its prime location Hotel Hotel reflects the owners love for the well-made, the curious and the comfortable. The 68 rooms have taken inspiration from the “Australian shack” featuring clay rendered walls, salvaged oak beds and a carefully curated selection of artworks and objects that make up this convenient, cosy and creative hideaway.

Hotel Hotel in Canberra
Hotel Hotel in Canberra

Hotel Hotel’s NewActon village location means there are lots of places to explore, eat and play. The hotel website acts, features a comprehensive list of amenities for health nuts, night owls, weekend adventurers and busy business men and women alike. There is no typical itinerary at Hotel Hotel, but you have all the resources to tailor your own experience.

Hotel Hotel in Canberra

3. Jackalope – Mornington Peninsula VIC

Jackalope Hotel on the Mornington Peninsula

If you live in Victoria and haven’t already visited the stunning Jackalope Hotel on the Mornington Penisula, we strongly suggest you put it on your list of things to do next weekend. Comprising a luxury hotel, restaurant and vineyard – the Jackalope hotel is an award winning reimagination of luxury and a new voice in high-end Australian accommodation. The hotel prides itself on its collaboration with the very best creatives, curating and commissioning every custom detail, to deliver a hotel brimming with art, design and stories at every turn.

Jackalope Hotel on the Mornington Peninsula

Making your choice of where to lay your head is your first hurdle – will you stay in the terrace, the vineyard, a den or the lair? Then will you eat in celebrated Doot Doot Doot or Rare Hare? And of course, how will you spend your days? Perhaps you could spend the day at the GEODE, which is the Jackalope’s architectural pool deck pavilion? Or will you leave the grounds to visit one of many delightful nearby destinations Melbourne’s weekend playground (Mornington Peninsula) has to offer?

Jackalope Hotel on the Mornington Peninsula

4. Alex Hotel – Perth WA

Alex Hotel in Perth

We are pretty certain that any design lover will swoon over the Alex Hotel. This architectural delight in Perth has been heavily featured on both national and international design blogs.

Alex Hotel in Perth

The Alex hotel is a friendly cultural sanctuary that welcomes all travelers. The rooms are creative and practical, marrying colour, texture and sleek design, along with perks like free wifi, complimentary breakfast, windows that open (oh my!) and balconies for much welcomed fresh air and city views.

Alex Hotel in Perth

While the rooms provide a little creative base to dream, sleep and think in, there is an abundance of communal space to stretch and connect with other visitors. Like any designer destination you can expect a dedication to interesting wines, craft beer, artisan spirits, great locally roasted coffee – the list goes on. Enjoy any of these delights from the roof terrace, the lounge, the dining room, the bar, the lobby… so many spaces to enjoy and explore at Alex.

5. Dridt House – Port Fairy VIC

Drift House in Port Fairy, Victoria

Nestled in the sleepy coastal town of Port Fairy is an architectural destination of beauty and contrast. The owners of Drift House believe luxury isn’t about brand names, star ratings or dollars, it is about how a destination makes you feel, to reach a state of mind or have a memorable experience.

Drift House in Port Fairy, Victoria

It’s comprised of four very private and entirely self-contained suites, each with individual design and delight. The original bluestone residence is complimented by a modern extension clad in perforate metal skin with a glass linking space joining the old and the new. Stunning walls crafted from local stone define the landscaping and finish the design to make it a striking feature on one of Port Fairy’s most prominent corners.

To some people Drift House is a boutique hotel, to others a B&B and to some a retreat. Regardless of the design or the label, Drift House stays true to its namesake as a place to relax and drift into your own state of bliss.

We hope that you enjoy these destinations as much as we have and find your bliss.

Drift House in Port Fairy, Victoria