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Social media has infiltrated nearly every part of our lives, so why should hotel stays be any different? Enter the 1888 Hotel, which bills itself as “the world’s first Instagram hotel.” Located in Sydney’s Pyrmont neighborhood, it’s just a quick walk away from Darling Harbour, Sydney Fish Market, and some of the city’s trendiest bars and restaurants. Here are a few features of this social media–inspired hotel—#nofilter included.
Sydney’s 1888 Hotel is a 90-bedroom boutique hotel, restaurant, bar, and event space that mixes Australian charm with modern design and accommodations. It was built in 1888 and then re-launched in 2013 by branding itself as “the world’s first Instagram hotel.” Recently, I got to experience my first stay at 1888 Hotel. Read on to find out how you can score a visit, too.
Upon entering the hotel, you’re greeted with the “selfie station” to your right. Snap a selfie, tag #1888Hotel, and your photo will be uploaded onto the selfie wall across from the front desk.
A few desktop computers are near reception for hotel visitors to use. You’ll also get your 15 minutes of Insta-fame with a slideshow of photos tagged with #1888Hotel, as well as images regrammed by 8Hotels (the company that runs the 1888).
The hotel’s rooms are chock-full of ‘grammable features: high ceilings, exposed brick walls, custom furniture, artwork by Australian artists, a fully stocked mini bar, T2 Tea, and coffee-making facilities. If you choose to order in, you can quickly post your #foodstagram photos with complimentary Wi-Fi and in-room iPads that keep you connected.
Their bathrooms feature walk-in rain showers and custom 1888 toiletries.
To book a room, suite, loft, or even the attic (a room perched on top of the hotel with glass walls and extensive views of the city) at the 1888, visit the website or email email@example.com. And in keeping with the theme, the hotel is offering free rooms to addicted Instagrammers with a following of 10,000 or more; follow @8hotels and send your details to firstname.lastname@example.org for details.