The Kirketon, Sydney $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
Kirketon was once Sydney's, nay, Australia's coolest hotel. Those days may be long past, but the lobby still exudes a raffish air of coolness, and the moody lighting provides a perfectly discreet atmosphere for the occasional celebrity guest. The rooms are small but chicly furnished with mid-century modern classics (Eero Saarinen Tulip chairs, Bertoia Diamond chairs), and the mirrored hallways could be the setting of a music video. There's a new restaurant on-site, Kells Kitchen (where star chef Luke Mangan's acclaimed Salt used to be), serving flavors from around the globe, such as five-spice duck consommmé, Wagyu beef miniburgers, and naan bread baskets. Another thing that's changed: With rooms starting from $205 a night, a stay at the hotel is much kinder on the hip pocket than it used to be.