Traditional hotel notions are banished at this “experience hotel” on Russell Street, apparent as soon as guests are greeted by cheery Directors of Chaos, all sporting the same black wigs, heavy makeup, and bold black-and-white outfits. A funky cool aesthetic pervades the lobby, where old-school French hip-hop might be playing for guests seated on colorful seat cushions amid striking video installations, a giant stuffed peacock, and a towering wall of 1,700 recycled books near the staircase. Upstairs, the 188 rooms give off an industrial-chic vibe with concrete slab ceilings, timber flooring, and bathrooms set behind sliding partitions of aluminum-framed glaze. The hotel's seemingly never-ending food and drink offerings include the Pascale Bar & Grill, where French bistro influences combine with produce farmed on the rooftop garden; Hot Sauce, for Asian-accented bar food (think steamed baos stuffed with fried chicken and kimchi); and the Cake Shop, for warm pain au chocolat in the morning, plus an array of pastries, cakes, and fun snacks during the day such as the 70s Tupperware Party Board. A plus for families with young children: complimentary travel cots and babysitting services (arranged with advance notice).