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 are some of our favourites…
1. Park Hyatt Sydney, The Rocks
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.
2. Pier One Sydney Harbour, Dawes Point
Experience 5-star 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 features 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.
3. Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, Darling Harbour
Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour is the city’s ultimate urban resort — but don’t just take our word for it. 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 590 suites with floor-to-ceiling windows, luxe bathroom amenities, plush beds, and spectacular views take you to a world of romance and sophistication. Let its signature restaurant and executive lounge make you re-evaluate your standards for luxury living. Oh, and have we mentioned that it was voted recently as Australia’s Hotel of the Year and Australasia Hotel of the Year? To top all that, it’s just a 5-minute walk from the Australian National Maritime Museum and less than a kilometre drive from Star Casino and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium.
4. West Hotel Sydney Curio Collection by Hilton, Sydney CBD
Boutique. Designer. Effortless. Rejuvenating. These are just some of the words that a stay at the West Hotel Sydney Curio Collection by Hilton evokes. This hotel has 182 rooms offering all the modern conveniences and comforts including state-of-the-art entertainment systems, bespoke botanical motifs, and striking geometric lines. There is also an open-air atrium with vegetation and all-day sunshine, an in-house restaurant, and a gym that will help you disconnect after a long day. West Hotel Sydney is located on the west side of the bustle of Sydney CBD, near the iconic Darling Harbour and vibrant commercial and cultural hub of Barangaroo.
5. QT Sydney, Sydney CBD
There are many QT Hotels scattered across Australia and whichever one you choose to stay at, you can expect the same wow-factor every time. This particular one on our list is part art-deco masterpiece, part theatre, and every bit Sydney. Each element and amenity inside the guest rooms and the facilities have been carefully handpicked to create an atmosphere that is perfect for working, entertainment, and relaxing. After enjoying the indulgences of QT Sydney, take the time to explore various points in the city such as Hyde Park, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, and Westfield Shopping Centre — all less than a kilometre away.
6. Ovolo Woolloomooloo, Woolloomooloo
Ovolo is a Hong Kong-based chain of luxury boutique hotels that has expanded to Australia. One of its properties, the Ovolo Woolloomooloo, invites you to live like a rockstar inside their 5-star boutique rooms that are incredibly spacious and beautifully designed. Savour the exquisite offerings at Alibi Bar or sundowner drinks from the mini-bar. Enjoy an array of wonderful perks along with your stay such as complimentary mini-bar and a loot bag. In addition, this fabulous hotel is located in the heart of Sydney, offering guests the perfect location to explore beautiful parklands, the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens, the Sydney Opera House, as well as The Rocks.
7. The Old Clare Hotel, Chippendale
If you’re visiting for the first time, consider The Old Clare Hotel which has a prime location that puts you right in the heart of the action. The Old Clare has kept up with the times while staying true to her roots of providing charming comfort to travellers with rooms that feature all the modern conveniences and a quirky style that reflects its surroundings. Located in happening Chippendale, the hotel offers easy access to places of interest that are sure to inspire and delight your senses, such as galleries, cafes, restaurants, and design studios. If you feel like a walk, Broadway Shopping Centre and Central Park are less than a kilometre away.
8. Wildlife Retreat at Taronga, Mossman
Sydney might be a first-class metropolis, but the call of the wild is never too far away. The Wildlife Retreat at Taronga is an elegant eco-retreat within the Taronga Zoo and overlooking the majestic Sydney Harbour. Their mission is to secure a safe environment where both wildlife and humans can thrive. It might be an eco-retreat, but it still offers the amenities and conveniences of a modern luxury hotel with spectacular views to match. If you want to venture farther and rejoin the city bustle, this 4.5-star hotel is only a short drive from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Luna Park, and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
9. Crystalbrook Albion, Surrey Hills
The final hotel on our list, Crystalbrook Albion is situated in the heart of Surry Hills, a trendy suburb rich in culture, history, and cuisine. Sydney’s main CBD, with all of its attractions and conveniences, can get overwhelming at times. It’s nice to come home to a place with a more relaxed pace after a long day in the city centre. Albion offers an eclectic mix of heritage and contemporary comforts. It features 35 pet-friendly and uniquely designed guest rooms, and a host of fantastic amenities suited for solo travellers and family holidays. Crystalbrook Albion is just a few minutes walk to Crown and Castlereagh Street and a short drive from Capitol Theatre, Paddy’s Market, and World Square Shopping Centre.
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 gorgoues luxury hotels.