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PICTURES: Sydney’s first “Choose your own adventure” hotel!

If you’re tired of stock standard hotel rooms with the same tired furnishings and colour schemes, you’re going to LOVE this new offering from Collectic hotels.

Introducing, Sydney’s first custom design hotel, the Collectionist – the hotel version of a choose your own adventure novel.

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Located in Sydney’s inner-city Camperdown precinct, the Collectionist commissioned the talents of seven designers from four leading design studios, and 13 artists, to create 39 individually designed rooms and lobby space.

Instead of rooms being allocated, you can peruse available rooms on check-in and choose a room based on the style, colour, texture and design – just as you would a work of art.

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“We have purposely set about creating rooms that will challenge the norms on hotel room design,” says Daniel Symonds, CEO & Co-Founder of Collectic Hotels, who headed up the development.

͞”We are expecting divided opinions on some of the designs but we are confident that everyone will find a room that appeals to them.”͛

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Each room also has a very groovy name to reflect the rooms personality, so you can choose from rooms with names like ‘La Chambre Noir’; the ‘Queenie FahFah’; the ‘Cloud Runner’ or the ‘Kyoko’ rooms, for example, each with their own unique story to tell.

Symonds said he got the idea for the hotel from a car hire place he visited in the US 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.

He was impressed by the flexibility, choice and control it gave him, which led him to question why hotels couldn͛t operate the same way.

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“I realised that people are very particular about the car they drive, the colour they choose, the style they want,” he said.

“It͛s a very personal choice, so why didn͛t 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.”

The design teams credited with bringing The Collectionist concept to life include Andrew Cliffe from The World is Round; Yasmine Ghoniem and Katy Svalbe from Amber Road; Susie Willis and Matt Sheargold from Willis Sheargold; and Josh Cain and Lily Goodwin from Pattern Studio.

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