Overlooking a famous beach; tucked away in a buzzy bohemian village, or with to-die-for views of the Opera House sails; Sydney’s accommodation offerings are as all-embracing as the harbour city itself. Whether it’s grand five-star style, or cosy boutique lodgings, wake up here and you’ll think you’re still dreaming.
This uber-hip, everything-under-one-roof hotel, housed in an 1890s converted warehouse, comprises 31 slick and contemporary rooms, with high ceilings, Japanese and colonial influences, and marble or bluestone baths. Some of the city’s hottest bars, restaurants and nightclubs are (very) conveniently located within the same complex.
Next to the historic State Theatre, in the former Gowings department store, and on the corner of Sydney’s busiest intersection, this too-cool-for-school hotel is an eclectic blend of Gothic, art deco and Italian architecture outside, and multiple-personality quirkiness inside. It’s like sleeping in a museum.
Pier One Sydney Harbour
Almost under the harbour bridge, Pier One is built right on, and over, the water. Rooms are contemporary, but with some interesting features including old timbers from the original 1912-built Pier One Wharf. Just far enough away to be in a world of its own.
Harbour Rocks Hotel
Part of the chic MGallery collection by Sofitel, this intimate 59-room boutique hotel, is steeped in the history of the famous Rocks precinct. While the rooms have been given a contemporary overhaul, the interiors have been retained to reveal the original brickwork, sandstone and beams.
Located on the 100-year-old Finger Wharf, each of the 100 rooms and suites at this industrial-chic hotel tells a uniquely Australian story through fabulous art and interior design. Free mini-bar and snacks in-room and in the lounge, and free continental breakfast, are an added bonus.
Branded Luxury Hotels
Apart from the floor-to-ceiling glass and windows that open, customised 1000 spring mattress, and relaxing rain showerheads, The Darling is at the heart of The Star entertainment complex, with everything one could wish for on its doorstep. Flawless service makes everyone feel like a star.
Park Hyatt Sydney
Located on Sydney’s most prized piece of real estate, wake up face-to-face with the Opera House, perfectly framed in the glass windows and doors that open onto private balconies. Sip cocktails by the rooftop pool or get your butler to cater to your every whim.
The Westin Sydney
Bang in the city centre at Martin Place, and built into the original 1887 General Post Office, the Westin’s charm is a mix of heritage grandeur and contemporary comfort. Both heritage rooms and modern tower rooms are steps away from designer shopping, restaurants and nightlife.
The Langham Sydney
One of the World’s Top 100 Hotels, The Langham boasts Sydney’s largest guestrooms, terraces with water views, dog-friendly suites, a million-dollar art collection, discreet private entrances and personal butlers. It’s no wonder that it is a favourite among royalty, rock stars, actors, and visiting VIPs.
InterContinental Sydney Double Bay
Tucked away in the European-style village of Double Bay in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, this five-star retreat is more akin to a private residence than a hotel. Its bayside location is a relaxing escape from the city, surrounded by high-end boutiques, up-market cafes, and the well-heeled.