There are places so iconic that just hearing or reading about them transports you there in an instant. Sydney is one of those unforgettable cities. Resplendent day or night, Sydney is easy to love. Built around a spectacular harbour and fringed by glorious beaches and bays, the city pulsates with energy and bustles with activity. The capital of New South Wales and Australia’s oldest and largest city is also home to some of the finest luxury hotels on this side of the planet. Here is our collection of the best luxury hotels in Sydney that will place you in the Sydney CBD and conveniently close to popular destinations such as the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Queen Victoria Building.


Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park

Sheraton Grand Sydney greets its guests with grand marble columns and relaxing warm light. The bifurcated staircase gives the lobby a splendid appeal, setting the mood for an elegant and luxurious holiday. Inside the rooms and suites, there are desk spaces with views to inspire you if you’re travelling while on business, and you can relax in bespoke furnishings inspired by the colours of nearby Hyde Park, evoking a calm state of mind. When you venture out of your private haven, The Gallery and The Conservatory Bar are perfect leisurely drinking spots where you can while away your time.


Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour

Enjoy some private downtime amidst sophisticated furnishings chosen with your comfort in mind when you book a stay at Crowne Plaza Sydney. Guest bathrooms have sitting areas by the window and bespoke toiletries for an elevated rainshower or bathtub soak. You can also take a plunge in the rooftop heated lap pool or relax on the sun deck where you can have your food and drinks delivered. For refined dining, La Bella Trattoria and Bar will transport you to Europe with its contemporary Italian menu seasonally inspired by local produce and complemented by thoughtful pairings of Australian wines.


Park Hyatt Sydney

Park Hyatt Sydney

You can’t get any closer to the iconic Sydney sights than at Park Hyatt Sydney. Offering spectacular views of the Opera House and the harbour, the hotel also places you amidst Sydney’s cobbled laneways, art galleries, cafes, and luxury shops. You’ll be only moments from Circular Quay, Sydney Harbour Bridge and The Rocks Markets. When you’re done exploring the delights of Sydney, relax by the rooftop pool, have a massage, sweat it out in the gym, or savour a world-class meal at the hotel restaurant. End the day in superbly comfortable rooms and suites with modern, clean interiors and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that lead to private balconies with panoramic views.


Pier One Sydney Harbour, Marriott Autograph Collection, Sydney Harbour

Pier One Sydney Harbour

Experience a high-end lifestyle on the Sydney Waterfront courtesy of Pier One Sydney Harbour. Bask in natural lighting, contemporary art, and luxury amenities at this Federation-style accommodation. Boat owners who travel with their pets will be glad to know that this hotel offers direct pier access and puppy packages. You will also enjoy its signature restaurant and bar/lounge which feature stunning harbour and bay views. Looking to go sightseeing? Getting around is easy from this luxury hotel. Pier One is a mere 5-minute walk from Circular Quay and The Rocks Markets. It is also just a short drive to Barangaroo Reserve and the Sydney Observatory.

The Porter House Hotel

Recently opened in September 2022, The Porter House Hotel treats you to luxury accommodations in the heart of Sydney. This beautiful MGallery Hotel marries rich history and modern elegance while being only steps away from Hyde Park and the Queen Victoria Building. It pays homage to its humble beginnings in the tobacco and leather trade industry while treating guests to modern luxuries such as a heated outdoor pool, fitness centre, and luxurious contemporary suites.


Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, Darling Harbour

Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour

Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour is a wonderful urban resort. Allow its 5-star service, outdoor infinity pool, and state-of-the-art gym overlooking the city skyline to sweep you off your feet, and let its suites with floor-to-ceiling windows, luxe bathroom amenities, plush beds, and spectacular views take you to a world of romance and sophistication. Its signature restaurant and executive lounge will make you re-evaluate your standards for luxury living. To top all that, it’s just a few minutes’ walk from the Australian National Maritime Museum and less than a kilometre from Star Casino and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium.


Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

A freestanding tub has such an appeal to it, don’t you think? Now, imagine soaking in one with views of the iconic Sydney Opera House. Surrounded by the vibrance of the city, find yourself your own sanctuary in the chic rooms and suites at The Four Seasons Hotel Sydney that can sleep 2 to 3 guests. The guest rooms have a light and bright colour scheme while the suites with the living/entertaining spaces have cool dark colour palettes. Further your indulgence at Mode Kitchen & Bar where they serve fresh locally sourced dishes, and Grain, with its extensive whiskey list with 200+ different options to choose from.


The Langham Sydney

The Langham, Sydney

The Langham Sydney treats its guests to rooms with soft panelled walls, plush furnishings, and spacious havens for relaxation. Taking luxury and relaxation up several notches, The Langham offers a range of wellness options to take your stresses away. You can experience rejuvenating pampering therapies at The Day Spa by Chuan, take a plunge in the heated pool or lounge comfortably poolside, or have some downtime in the steam room in the Health Club. Ah, and let’s not forget — The Langham is a luxury pet-friendly hotel with a dedicated gift guide for your fur babies! Isn’t that just sweet?


InterContinental Sydney

Nestled in Circular Quay with beautiful views of the harbour, InterContinental Sydney merges heritage glamour with contemporary luxe. Its 28 suites and many wonderful guest rooms are set inside the restored Treasury Building of 1851 — lending it its picturesque façade. Offering all-day dining, The Heritage Bar on the first floor will tempt you with its contemporary menu. After a sumptuous meal, you can take things slow and enjoy a cushy seat beside your room’s picture window with skyline or Sydney Opera House views. More panoramic views are to be had in the even more spacious suites (with spaces to entertain) that will undoubtedly give you a lavish stay.


Shangri-La Sydney

Shangri-La is renowned for the serenity and service guests experience when they stay. Named after the legendary land in the novel Lost Horizon, Shangri-La Sydney evokes that sense of tranquillity that will put you at ease and in a lovely state of relaxation. The exquisite rooms and suites with oriental carpets have picture windows giving you great views of the Harbour and Sydney Opera House. Blu Bar on 36 and the Lobby Lounge provide an elegant atmosphere while you have some drinks while Altitude Restaurant treats guests to a quintessentially Sydney dining experience


The Darling at the Star

The Darling at the Star is a darling. Combining glamour and boutique elements, it captures Sydney’s modern flair and the charisma of the city. Each of the rooms and suites has a perky glamour, enhanced by the panorama of Sydney’s famous landmarks and harbour atmosphere. Inside, the rooms and suites have feature walls that give each of the spaces an artsy allure. Suites are spacious and indulgent, with plush wall-to-wall carpets modern furnishings, and floor-to-ceiling windows that let the skyline lights in for an urban nightlight experience.

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The Star Grand Hotel and Residences Sydney

The Star Grand Hotel and Residences Sydney

Think modern design and contemporary city living. This is the vibe that The Star Grand Hotel and Residences Sydney delightfully gives off. Spacious rooms and suites all have living areas, sleek design elements, a minibar, and great views of the harbour. Beyond the modern comforts of your room, you can take a dip in the pool or experience Technogym ARTIS equipment in Turbines Health Club. If you’re feeling lucky or just want to have some fun, the 24-hour casino will surely add a rush of excitement to your stay!


InterContinental Sydney Double Bay

InterContinental Sydney Double Bay

InterContinental Sydney Double Bay is in an exclusive beachside location that allows visitors access to a plethora of nearby restaurants, bars, and cafes. This luxurious Sydney hotel has a welcoming and homely feel thanks to its coastal interior design elements that just invite you to let loose a little. The common areas on the other hand exude an opulent atmosphere with the marble floors and rounded cornered archways — an aesthetic that has earned it its spot on our list of the best luxury hotels in Sydney. When you book a stay, you can savour delicious meals at Rooftop Bar and Lounge or Stillery Bar and Dining where high elegance is combined with relaxed charm.


Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay

Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel is set in the midst of Circular Quay’s fashion hotspots and Sydney’s iconic landmarks. With 24-hour room service, you can recharge and enjoy some peace and quiet in the plush rooms and suites equipped with minibars and mini-fridges. If you’ve brought some work with you, the ergonomic chairs will take some of the stress off while you tap away on your laptop with scenic views from the window. Make sure to try Three Bottle Man Bar for their breakfast and cocktails, and the multi-award-winning Silvester’s Restaurant for more delectable delights!


Pullman Sydney Hyde Park

If you’re looking for a more inner-city retreat, Pullman Sydney Hyde Park is one of the luxury hotels in Sydney that gives you a place to recharge amidst this high-energy area. The rooms and suites have plush carpeted floors and the rich colours accentuating the bedroom and living areas give a re-energizing boost. Relax in signature Pullman mattresses or shower with a luxe vibe in the marble bathroom with stylish fittings. With in-room dining from the menu of Windows on the Park Restaurant, Pullman Sydney Hyde Park will treat you to an indulgent city stay.


Four Points By Sheraton Sydney

Surrounded by numerous shops and restaurants, Four Points by Sheraton Sydney treats guests to modern and minimalist rooms and suites that can accommodate up to 4 guests. Each room has a spacious bathroom with rain shower, mini-fridge, and the hotel’s signature bedding. Central Quarter and Malt Bar, the hotel’s onsite restaurant, serves modern Australian cuisine and has a casual and relaxed mood that turns into an ambient atmosphere perfect for chilling out in the evening.


Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour

Located near the harbour and with spectacular views of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Pullman Quay Grand Sydney has 68 sophisticated apartment-style guestrooms that can sleep up to 6 guests. Rooms are fully equipped with kitchens and laundry areas, separate dining and lounge areas, spacious bedrooms with en suite spa baths, and a private balcony. If those room features haven’t enticed you, Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour also has Q Dining where you can enjoy refined modern cuisine, a heated lap pool, a spa, a 24-hour gym, and a sauna. Sounds like everything you need for a luxurious escape in the city!


Skye Suites Sydney

This futuristic “ice cave” theme of the heated indoor pool area is just the beginning. Skye Suites Sydney presents a modern, minimalist take on luxury hotels. A number of luxury hotels in Sydney have a more traditional interior design, but at Skye Suites, the design elements are fresh and contemporary without being too edgy. It feels like home, but at the same time, is so much more. The rooms have wooden slats dividing the living areas and neutral colour palettes that free the room of visual clutter — evoking an almost reflexive state of calm. Guests at Skye Suites can also enjoy a range of culinary delights with a boutique dining experience just outside the hotel’s doorstep.


Hilton Sydney

Our list of the best luxury hotels in Sydney wouldn’t be complete without Hilton Sydney. Spacious suites and rooms exude the Hilton elegance and uncomplicated luxury with modern interior design, giving you luxe areas to unwind in. Inside Caffe Cino, Zeta Bar, or Marble bar, you’ll experience a perfect blend of a relaxed atmosphere with fine dining. After a satisfying meal, you can treat yourself to luscious body treatments at Alysium Day Spa or at Pierre Hadad Salon. At Fitness First Pitt Street Platinum, you can cool off in the lap pool before retiring to the comfort of your plush bed.


Hyatt Regency Sydney

Sydney’s largest luxury hotel, Hyatt Regency Sydney is a haven for relaxation for all travellers. The rooms and suites have modern décor and luxurious amenities including but not limited to Nespresso machines, freestanding baths and gorgeous en suites, refrigerators, and even private terraces for the bigger suites. G&Tea brings their own spin on high tea experiences with botanical mixes and artisan loose leaf blends. If you’re a tea lover, their unique selection is bound to have a blend of select botanicals from The Rabbit Hole that will heighten your relaxation. Certainly something to look forward to.


The Fullerton Hotel Sydney

Last but most definitely not least is The Fullerton Hotel Sydney, housed in the grand General Post Office building. The splendour of its façade segues into a successful mesh of history and modern luxe, receiving you with timeless elegance with contemporary touches. The rooms and suites can sleep up to 4 guests and have a classic appeal to them while treating you to a minibar, deep soaking bathtubs, and views of the surrounding city. Onsite, The Place restaurant will take your palate for a Southeast Asian spin while enjoying natural light streaming overhead. The Bar, on the other hand, gives a more tranquil, tucked in setting perfect for slowing down with some drinks.


This city has so much more to offer that it is impossible to summarise everything in a single article. Simply put, your visit to Sydney will be a lot more enjoyable and memorable with a stay in one of these gorgeous luxury hotels. Looking for more options? Discover all our luxury accommodation in Sydney.

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Fascinated by the human mind, Stoewie is a globetrotter who enjoys immersing himself in different cultures and observing the world around him. He has a love for language and experimenting with flavours, and experiences his Zen moments while creating new culinary delights in the kitchen. Anywhere quiet and "away from crowds" is Stoewie's happy place.