Being stranded never looked so chic, thanks to the opening of new pop-up accommodation on Sydney’s Cockatoo Island.
Contained – the temporary hotel that puts people up in revamped shipping container suites – is breathing new life into Cockatoo Island on Sydney Harbour. Located on the south-east water’s edge of Cockatoo Island’s Bolt Wharf, two repurposed shipping containers are ready to welcome guests to rooms equipped with air conditioning, Nespresso machines, Netflix-enabled tablets and even a plunge pool.
Despite its somewhat minimalist exterior, the space is dressed as carefully as a boutique hotel. Finished with wooden herringbone floors and white subway-tile bathrooms, the main room also features floor-to-ceiling windows that make good use of the island’s vantage point in the middle of Sydney Harbour.
The cosy accommodation isn’t the only offering the pop-up project has brought to the former convict haunt, however.
Guests can sip on gin concoctions from Archie Rose Distillery or gulp a frothy number from the craft beer kingpins Young Henrys while digging into hearty Latin street eats from the newly installed Don Tapa restaurant. The menu takes traditional into new territory, with simple yet tasty options such as charred corn with Brazil nut butter or mushroom and mole tamales with lime.
A suite at Contained starts from $305 per night on weekdays and is available for bookings until June.