Rising 43 stories above downtown, this glass-and-concrete hotel is centrally located across from the Town Hall railway station. Inside, the cavernous lobby is dominated by Bronwyn Oliver’s aluminium sculpture Vine, which hangs from the ceiling and spirals four stories to the atrium floor below. The 577 guest rooms are designed in a minimalist style, with hardwood floors, platform beds, and limited views of the cityscape or Sydney Harbour Bridge. Chef Luke Mangan helms the Glass Brasserie restaurant, while the Zeta bar is run by Grant Collins, named one of the world’s greatest hotel bartenders by Travel + Leisure in 2009.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.