The seaside city of Newcastle has recently enjoyed a hotel boom, with luxury lodgings Crystalbrook Kingsley and the QT Newcastle launching in the past few years. Now, hotel group Little National has joined the crew, opening its third hotel in the harbourfront neighbourhood of Honeysuckle. Like its other properties, in Canberra and Sydney, Little National Newcastle’s rooms are compact, and therefore cheaper than other hotels of the same standard, to encourage guests to get out and enjoy the city. The design, by architect Bates Smart (Ace Hotel Sydney, Little National Sydney) and interior designer Luchetti Krelle (Rafi, Redbird), offers plenty of communal space, and rooms harness clever design and technology features to maximise the smaller spaces.

When guests check in and check out at the kiosks, they’re offered the chance to select their preferred room from a floor plan. The new hotel boasts 181 rooms – the most of any hotel in Newcastle – including the group’s signature compact rooms, as well as business travel-friendly “apartments” with living rooms and kitchenettes. Each room is kitted out with the group’s super-comfy Arms of Morpheus king-sized bed, amenities from luxury Swedish brand Byredo and motion-sensor light controls. Room temperature is managed via a tablet, which is where you’ll also find information about the hotel and surrounding area, and access concierge services. Guests can connect their devices to an in-room bluetooth audio system, and large TVs are hung at the end of each bed.

While the rooms are small, there’s plenty of space to move throughout the rest of the hotel. A 24-hour wellness centre is decked out with Technogym equipment, while a library (with free tea, coffee and sparkling water), a lounge and a two-level atrium offer space to hang out and work with views of Newcastle Harbour.

With its Scandi-style interiors, featuring plenty of light wood, neutral bedding and soft furnishings, Little National Newcastle closely resembles its predecessors. A local touch comes via works by photographer Katie Carmichael, who was commissioned to capture Newcastle and its surrounds for a series of works hung around the hotel.

The hotel puts guests in the heart of Newcastle, near the city’s waterfront restaurants and beaches, and a drive or short walk to ace local restaurants such as Humbug, Flotilla and Harrison’s.

Little National Newcastle
44 Honeysuckle Drive
littlenationalhotel.com.au