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Dive Hotel

234 Arden St.
Sydney , Australia http://www.divehotel.com.au/
61 2 9665-5538

Set on an achingly beautiful stretch of east-coast beach, this boutique hotel occupies what was once a private mansion aptly named Grandview. Only three of the 16 rooms here face the water—but if you snag one you’ll understand why they get booked far in advance: not only do they have huge windows overlooking the surf; they’re also almost twice the size of the other units. Even smaller rooms are outfitted in high-design style, with polished wood floors and clean-lined, pale-upholstered furnishings that lend a beach-house feel. (The bathrooms, though, are wonderfully space-age, with stainless-steel basins and bright-blue tile.) The property’s common areas, including a courtyard lounge and a communal dining room, make the place feel more like a shared guesthouse than a hotel; fix-your-own-breakfast provisions are laid out by 7 a.m. and stay there until noon.

Tip: Just a short walk south of the hotel is the wonderful historic Wylie’s Baths, a 50-yard-long tidal ocean pool for swimming with no undertow.

Room to Book: It’s no contest: Rooms 1, 2, and 19 are the only ones with to-die-for views.

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