With its focus on individualistic and design-led rooms, a stay at the newly opened The Collectionist Hotel is anything but ordinary. In a world where it's commonplace to wake up in a hotel room and have no idea which city you’re in, the concept of bespoke accommodation is something of a rarity. Even though large globalised hotel chains seem to inhabit every CBD street corner, you may have noticed an influx of unique, boutique-style hotels working to counteract the dominance of the so-called big guns.
Comprised of 39 uniquely designed rooms, The Collectionist Hotel is something of a boon for interior lovers, thanks to its collaborations with four creative design studios and 13 artists. Touted as a choose-your-own-adventure style hotel, guests are invited to select their own room at check-in, based on the interior style that they’re most drawn to.
The Collectionist idea was inspired by a car-hire experience he had in the United State, which allowed an up-close inspection on a variety of cars at pick-up and the choice of the style of car he hired, right down to the colour.
'I was impressed by the flexibility, choice and control it gave him, which led me to question why hotels couldn’t operate the same way,' Mr Symonds said.
'I realised that people are very particular about the car they drive, the colour they choose, the style they want. It’s a very personal choice, so why didn’t we make hotel rooms that catered to these different tastes rather than offering standardised rooms and no choice in the room type a guest prefers.
'By providing guests with a more tactile way of choosing their room, they are directly involved in their stay experience.”
Mr Raphael said the trend see a shift to developing hotels in more varied locations, unusual buildings and the adaptive reuse of unused space. That's why you're starting to see the conversion of various styles of spaces into unique accommodation offerings