When the Langham Group took over Sydney's landmark Observatory Hotel in 2012, and then closed it for a major makeover midway through last year, no one knew quite what to expect. Now we do. Langham took a $30 million wrecking ball to the Observatory's 21-year-old interiors to create a precious gem of a hotel that is remarkable for the imagination behind its transformation, the precision of its finishes, the attentiveness of staff, and the effortless comfort of guestrooms and public areas. This is a hotel with real personality, too, from its inner harbour views to the bold Australian art adorning its walls (including no fewer than seven Sidney Nolans). The Observatory is dead. Long live the Langham.
Our handpicked band of hotel aficionados has checked out beds
across the land for our annual GT Australian Hotel Guide
supported by Nespresso. Here, Kendall Hill reveals the
Welcome to the 2015 Gourmet Traveller Australian Hotel Awards, a celebration of the best in our annual audit of the country's most desirable accommodation for our Australian Hotel Guide.
And it has thrown up some gems this year, thanks in large part to all the new openings countrywide.
We pillow-tested the cream of the new crop and ended up with a dozen new entries from Brisbane to Adelaide. We didn't include any of them simply for novelty's sake. Each, in its own characteristic way, extends and enhances the appeal of the Australian accommodation scene.
Every address in this year's guide is there because we think it's special, and because we think you should know about it. This is our gift to our readers - a little black book of the best beds in the business.
Alongside hotels we also reveal our favourite lodges and
resorts, the most luxurious spa experiences, and our pick of the
country's unique places to stay. If you need somewhere to bed down
for an extended period, we've got you covered. And if you're on a
budget, we can help you there, too.
Our tireless band of hotel inspectors has worked hard on your behalf, checking in around the country to determine our top 50 addresses. For us, a great hotel experience offers full-service accommodation with exceptional facilities, notable food, defined service, a covetable location and, of course, a great night's sleep.
The fruits of their labours are contained within the guide's 124 pages. Our very favourite experiences are listed here. Make a mental note of the winners to call on when you plan your next getaway. Pick up the June issue of Gourmet Traveller, on sale now, for your copy of the 2015 Australian Hotel Guide.
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Abla Amad has served traditional Lebanese food at Abla's in Carlton for the past 37 years. Here, she chats about how she's kept afloat - and sane - across four decades of service.
And his lucky host city is…
From an art-fuelled Friday night to fish and chips on the sand, Melbourne is packed with adventure this summer - all of it delicious.
No eggnog here: this December, we're drinking a seven-apple cider blend, a spicy durif, and a luscious sweet Riesling.
The Botanical Hotel’s public bar has been re-opened as Gilson thanks to the founders of some of Melbourne’s busiest cafes.
For our 50th anniversary issue in 2016, we scoured Australia asking two questions: What dishes are making waves right now? What flavours will take us into the next half-century? Melbourne provided 14 answers.
It may be a magnet for destination diners the world over but Attica circa 2016 is more firmly planted in Australia than ever, writes Michael Harden.
2016 was all about slow-roasting, fresh pasta and comfort food. These are the recipes you clicked on most this year, counting back to number one.
When the mercury is rising, step away from the oven. These recipes are either raw, chilled or frozen and will cool you down in a snap.
13 of our most decadent chocolate recipes to indulge guests with this Christmas.
We don't do things by halves in the Gourmet office. These are the recipes we'll be cooking on the big day.
We're thinking big for travelling in 2017 - and so should you. Will we see you sunrise at Java's 9th-century Borobudur Buddhist temple, across the table at Reykjavik's newest restaurants or swimming side-by-side with humpback whales off Western Australia's coast?
The versatility of vegetarian dishes means they can be served alongside meat and seafood, or enjoyed simply as they are. With Christmas just around the corner, we’ve put together some of our favourite vegetarian recipes to appease both herbivores and carnivores alike.
For our 50th anniversary issue in 2016, we scoured Australia asking two questions: What dishes are making waves right now? What flavours will take us into the next half-century? Sydney provided 16 answers.
Whether in a fresh salad or seasonal seafood dish, feta's creamy tang can be used to add interest to a variety of summer dishes.