Skye Suites Sydney opened in October last year with a roster of 73 studios. Guests can opt between single or double bedroom suites, located on seven floors of the Arc Sydney; itself a recently inaugurated 25-storey multi-residential building. Designed by Koichi Takada, the structure includes a clever pedestrian thoroughfare linking to Kent, Clarence and King streets, including historic Skittle Lane.
If you’re unfamiliar with Takada’s work, the ice-cave themed lobby should give you some idea of his creative talents. With curved white slats that run across its ceiling and down the walls, this “ice” continues through to a gleaming chamber at the rear, with a mosaic-tiled swimming pool. Riding the glass lift to your suite, you can gaze outwards to Skittle Lane or inwards to the hotel’s curved central atrium which is open to the sky.
How’s this for a promising perk, those who book online are bestowed to fully stocked mini bar for free. You can even specify mattress firmness from three selections. While the Skye Suites lacks its own eatery, you’ll be within minutes of the city’s liveliest cafes, bars and restaurants, not to mention galleries, theatres, museums and shops. Studio lodging begins at AUD300 per night, while two-bedroom apartments are AUD550 per night.