10 hotels for every kind of stay
Luxurious and seriously OTT:
Rooms from $1150
Recently recognised as the top hotel in Australia and New Zealand by Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers Choice Awards, The Park Hyatt is an upscale, harbor-side hotel with incredible views of Sydney Opera House. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, chic decor, the sophisticated rooms and suites come with flat-screen TVs, Bose sound systems, Nespresso machines and minibars, as well as en suite bathrooms with marble baths. Spend your holiday in luxury, relaxing at the elegant restaurant and cocktail bar, or wind down in the rooftop pool or steam room.
Rooms from $425
Dramatic Harbour views. Quaint cobbled streets. Historic brick buildings. Located in The Rocks district of Sydney, The Langham is perfectly central, with Circular Quay just a 10-minute walk away. The stylishly decorated rooms feature mahogany furniture and lavish marble bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, and panoramic city views. Guests can relax at the day spa, take a dip in the swimming pool, or exercise at the fitness centre or tennis court. The sauna is the perfect place to unwind at the end of the day.
For the interior design junkies:
Rooms from $299
This luxurious yet intimate boutique hotel is located in the Sydney CBD only a five-minute walk from Circular Quay train station and ferry terminal, the Opera House and botanical gardens. The hotel consists of 31 elegant guestrooms, including two stylish penthouse suites, a private gym, five restaurants and three bars, which make for an exciting experience for discerning travellers.
Rooms from $489
Stretching across two iconic heritage-listed buildings, the 62-room boutique hotel has been created with obsessive attention to detail and aesthetic, while retaining the original interesting features of both buildings. Located in the trendy suburb of Chippendale, The Old Clare is surrounded by rich, varied history and architecture, dozens of art galleries, production houses, graphic and fashion design studios, plus Sydney’s most exciting new restaurants, cafés and bars. This heritage-boutique gem feels like a true relaxing getaway.
Luxury on a budget (amazing locations under $200):
Rooms from $159
The hotel offers spacious and stylish rooms with views of stunning Darling Harbour, each featuring a minibar, in-room movies and cable TV. Choose from rooms with views over the peaceful Chinese Gardens or the bustling Chinatown. Facilities include a fully equipped fitness centre and heated indoor pool. Novotel Sydney Rockford is located only a 10-minute walk from Town Hall Station and the heart of Sydney CBD. This is perfect for families or couples who are seeking a luxurious hotel experience while on a budget.
Rooms from $189
The Ibis is perfectly located in the heart of Darling Harbour, making it one of Sydney’s most popular 3.5-star hotels. Surrounded by the excitement of restaurants, bars and other tourist attractions, this location allows you to see the best of Sydney’s tourism. Ibis is renowned for its quality, simplicity and value for money with many rooms boasting spectacular views of Darling Harbour.
Steeped in history:
Rooms from $329
This 1887 redbrick industrial-chic hotel is set in the charming, historical district of The Rocks, surrounded by pubs, craft shops and weekend markets. Featuring bold fabrics, the chic rooms and suites have flat-screen TVs, minibars, room service, and tea and coffee makers, and some with harbour views.
Harbour Rocks Hotel is a short 5-minute walk from Circular Quay train station and a 15-minute walk from both Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Ovolo Woolloomooloo (pictured)
The Ovolo Hotel is a stunning heritage-listed building on Sydney’s picturesque Woolloomooloo Wharf. The hotel consists of spacious, contemporary rooms while retaining many historical fixtures. The Ovolo is a great choice for travellers interested in botanical gardens, opera and walking, as Woolloomooloo is excellently located within walking distance of these attractions.
For the young and adventurous:
Rated 9.4/10 on hostelworld.com
Bed in a dorm for $41 a night
Bounce is the ultimate backpacking experience and is the highest rated hostel in Sydney. It provides upmarket accommodation for budget travellers with fresh and modern rooms and facilities, and conveniently located opposite central station, making it easy for you to get anywhere in Sydney.
Rated 9.2/10 on hostelworld.com
Bed in a dorm from $43
Wake up! Sydney Central is a modern hub of backpacker activity right in the heart of Sydney, located opposite Central Station. It’s within walking distance of some of Sydney’s biggest attractions such as the Aquarium, the Opera House and Harbor Bridge. With a fresh layout, friendly staff and fun activities, Wake Up! aims to give you an experience, not just a bed.