8Hotels opens 1888 Hotel in Pyrmont, Sydney; property focuses on photography

Boutique hotel operator 8Hotels launched the 1888 Hotel in Pyrmont, Sydney, Australia.

In 1888, Kodak launched a patent for its first box and roll cameras, and the hotel will honor the evolution of photography by offering Instagram-friendly walking maps for the Pyrmont area, a revolving series of Instagram images in the Mac space at the reception area featuring photos taken by guests and a “selfie space” within the property for guests to include themselves at Sydney's newest boutique lodging.

1888 Hotel is also offering a complimentary night to any Instagram users with more than 10,000 followers. In addition to this, each month the guest who has snapped the best Instagram picture while staying at the hotel will score a free night's stay to be claimed any time.

Originally used for wool-storage, the 1888-erected building that houses the hotel has undergone a $30-million development over the last two years to reveal a luxury property that offers 90 rooms, including a rooftop penthouse apartment overlooking the city surrounds.


The aesthetic of the hotel is distinctly Australian, blending the natural elements of reclaimed Iron Bark, concrete, stone and bronze with exposed brick walls and a five-story, light-filled internal atrium. High ceilings and huge period windows reflect the heritage history and overall feel of the building.

The property is footsteps away from the city, the Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, the Entertainment Centre and the business districts of Pyrmont and Ultimo.

1888 Eatery & Bar serves up continental breakfasts, rustic shared plates and a beer and wine menu with a focus on local ingredients sourced from artisan providers. It is an ideal venue for business meetings and intimate social gatherings alike.

8Hotels is an Australian-owned business which operates a collection of boutique hotels defined by centralized management.

1888 Hotel is the eighth Sydney 8Hotels property.

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