Sydney Social 101 had the privilege and pleasure to check out Sydney’s first custom design hotel – The Collectionist which officially opened its doors in May this year, and it’s already changing the way guests choose to stay and experience hotels.

Located in Sydney’s inner-city Camperdown precinct, The Collectionist Hotel brand has grand-plans to take the unique concept to other Sydney locations and interstate.

Described as a real-life “choose-your-own-adventure”, the eclectically designed hotel sticks its neck out as it carves a new standard in individualised guest experiences.  Straying off the beaten track and creating it’s own path, 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.  The really cool part – Instead of rooms being allocated, guests are invited to peruse available rooms on check-in and choose their room based on the style, colour, texture and design – just as they would a work of art. Pretty cool huh!?

We were blown away by the concept when we arrived, turning the traditional check-in model on its head. The Collectionist’s digital booking process is carried through at check-in with access codes to rooms communicated via email and SMS.  The personal touch is by no means lost as social drinks hosted by a bartender are encouraged for all guests between 4pm and 8pm.

In recognition of the unique design of each room, they have been given imaginative names that reflect the room’s ambience.  Guests can choose to stay in the ‘La Chambre Noir’; the ‘Queenie Fah Fah’; the ‘Cloud Runner’ or the ‘Kyoko’ rooms, for example, each with their own unique story to tell.

Rooms are grouped in four categories based on their size and whether an outdoor space is included.  The categories include:

The Bootstrap – from $200 per night

The Tinkerer – from $220 per night

The Moonshiner – from $240 per night

The Artisan – from $260 per night

EXAMPLE OF AMBER ROAD ROOMS – Yasmine Ghoniem & Katy Svalbe



Each of the rooms designed by Pattern Studio is an ode to someone colourful or memorable that the designers crossed paths with during their world travels.





Warm and welcoming, each room designed by Willis Sheargold is wrapped in a different timber veneer, chosen specifically for its familiar and tactile texture and contrasting with the raw concrete ceilings throughout the hotel.




Bold, unique and affordable – do yourself a favour and check it out! Bookings and further information available at

The Collectionist Hotel

9-13 Marsden Street, Camperdown

Ph: 0435 105 586

Daniel Symonds and business partner, Toby Raphael, are also behind the rejuvenation of the old Newtown RSL building which has now been converted into The Urban Newtown hotel.


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