Updated as of Feb 2018!
Sydney is a fairly large city and choosing the right place to stay is difficult, if you choose the wrong hotel it can put a real damper on your trip. Through this article I will give you options from Backpacking to High Class Luxury (and everything in-between). We will include place to stay in Sydney from Sydney CBD to Bondi & Manly beach and the Blue Mountains.
So let’s take a look at a few different types of hotels, what they offer and why they are the best places to stay in Sydney.
Where to stay in Sydney City
Luxury ($250 and above) most with Great views of Sydney Harbour:
The Four Seasons Hotel Sydney is one of our favourite Sydney hotels, it is just steps away from Circular Quay and the Rocks district. The Four Seasons Hotel Sydney is a 5 self rated property featuring 531 luxurious guest rooms and suites some with dramatic Harbour front views with a state-of-the-art spa, fitness centre and Sydney’s largest outdoor hotel swimming pool, set amongst lushly planted gardens with The Cabana for poolside refreshments and snacks.
My favourite room is the Grand Premier Full Harbour-View Room which offer full views of the Sydney Opera house and Sydney Harbour Bridge. I spent hours sitting on the windowsill watching all the ferries and highway traffic going by.
Room rates start from $265 per night for a Deluxe City View room or starting at $465 for a Grand Premier Full Harbour-View Room.
Having personal experience this hotel, I would highly recommend it, the service is fantastic, they make you feel at home!
The small but very luxurious Park Hyatt Sydney is located on one of the world’s most beautiful harbors, it’s the ultimate in harbourside luxury with its coveted location between the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The Park Hyatt offers 155 spacious guestrooms and suites with both City or Harbour (Opera house) views, most rooms have floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to private balconies; 24-hour butler service and a day spa with rooftop pool and sundeck. You might even be lucky enough to rub shoulders with a visiting celebrity.
We have an amazing dinner at the “Dining Room” so if you can’t afford to stay here at least try the restaurant, fantastic food matched with fantastic service and a fanatic view of the Sydney Opera House!
Room rates start from $740 per night for a City Harbour View room or starting at $840 for a standard Opera view room.
The newly refurbished Shangri-La Hotel is a luxury 5 star hotel with stunning views of Sydney Harbour, located in the historic Rocks district.
The Shangri-la Sydney offers 563 spacious rooms and suites, most of the rooms have fabulous views of the city or the Harbour. Whether you are an in house guest or a visitors, you can still treat yourself to fine dining at Altitude Restaurant and a cocktail or two at Blu Bar on 36, each offering its own spectacular views of the city and Sydney Harbour from level 36.
Room rates start from $235 per night for a Deluxe Darling Harbour room. The Shangri-La is one of a few hotels with best views of Sydney Harbour Bridge.
This 5 star luxury hotel won my heart over with its exceptionally caring staff and its “just outside of the city” location, during our stay they organized a hot pack for my injured back, without having to ask for it. Located on the Wharf at Woolloomooloo, you enjoy spectacular views of the Sydney Harbour foreshore, city sky line and The Royal Botanical Gardens. It’s just a short walk from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair which is a fantastic look out over the harbour, including the Sydney Opera house and Sydney harbour Bridge (hot tip: head over at sunset).
Ovolo Woolloomooloo has approx. 100 guest rooms and loft-style suites and private residencies, the rest of the Wharf is privately owned apartments, some owners are celebrities such as Russell Crowe who owns a $14 million dollar penthouse on the finger half. You don’t need to venture into the city to grab a bite to eat, the hotels “Water Bar” has some great cocktails and nibbles or if you have a furious hungry there is a large selection of restaurants on the Wharf.
Room rates start from $247 per night (with a min night stay) for a Superior King room.
Mid Range (less than $300 per night):
Amora Jamieson is a 5 star luxury hotel located a few steps away from Circular Quay. The hotel is about ultra luxury, all the designs and furnishing in the room are very sleek and comfortable but very modern. We stayed here a few years ago and loved the attention to detail in the room (a lovely card wishing us a happy anniversary) and the very helpful and friendly staff.
The Amora Jamieson has 415 guest rooms ranging from Deluxe King Rooms to Jamison Club Suites, overlooking the city below there are plenty to choose from.
Room rates start from $213 per night (with a min night stay).
QT Sydney is a 5 star luxury boutique hotel and it’s all about theater and drama! This hotel occupies the old State Theater building, which has been transformed into the hotel. It’s located on Market street, around the corner from the Pit Street mall and within walking distance to all of Sydney’s famous landmarks and attractions including The Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and the beautiful Botanic Gardens.
There are several room types to choose from, each with a unique difference, what I loved about this hotel was the Spa services and barber shop where you can pop in and get a hair cut or get your hair done for a great night on the town.
Room rates start from $295 per night for a Standard QT king, you can also get some great deals that include breakfast, dinner and spa treatments (with a min night stay). Having personal experience this hotel, I would highly recommend it, it feels like you are stepping into the backstage world!
Swissotel Sydney is a self rated 5 star Luxury hotel located on Market street (in the middle of the city) surrounded by most exclusive shopping centres, such as the beautiful Queen Victoria Building and the Pitt street shopping mall, it’s also within walking distance to all of Sydney’s famous landmarks and attractions including The Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and the beautiful Botanic Gardens.
Swissotel is young, fresh and funky, the hotel has a total of 359 beautifully appointed luxury rooms and suites offering a comfortable setting for your stay. All of the premier corner rooms feature private balconies with breathtaking panoramic views of Sydney’s skyline. Broadband and Wi-Fi access is available at an additional $24.95 per 24 hours.
Room rates star from $199 per night for a Classic Room.
Budget (Less than $200 per night):
The Seasons Harbour Plaza, Darling Harbour is a self contained “apartment hotel” located in Darling Harbour, this hotel is also very close to the Convention centre, Exhibition Halls, King Street Wharf and Darling Park Business Precinct. They offer apartments from 1 bedroom apartments to 3 bedroom penthouse apartments. Most of the apartments feature an open living, fully equipped kitchenette, separate lounge room, bathroom and internal laundry.
Room rates star from $117 per night for a Studio room.
This self rated 4 star hotel is located in Darlinghurst, just outside the “main” area of the Sydney City, its approx 5 min drive to the Sydney Opera house or a half an hour walk (depending on your pace). It’s located in a vibrant entertainment and restaurant precinct and the roof terrace has 270 degree views of the eastern suburbs and glimpses of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge (the use of the terrace is for in-house guests only). Morgans is not a conventional “hotel” instead they offer 26 apartments each with a kitchenette, ensuite bathroom, free-to-air TV, internet, air conditioning and video intercom security. Morgans offers free wifi within their lobby area.
Room start from $115 per night for a Studio room with a min night stay.
Centrally located in the heart of Darling Harbour, ibis Sydney Darling Harbour is one of Sydney’s most popular 3.5 star hotels. Surrounded by an array of tourist attractions, restaurants and bars, ibis is renowned for its quality, simplicity and value for money with many rooms boasting spectacular views of Darling Harbour. With a popular bar, restaurant and 24 hour reception, ibis has affordable rates and friendly service and is perfect for business or leisure travel during a Sydney visit.
Backpacking /Hostel (Less than $100 per night with a few exceptions):
Located in Kings Cross which seems to have a bad reputation in Sydney, but if you want a cheap room and don’t mind the location, this is the place for you. It’s located within the night club district and is only a 5 min walk to Kings Cross train station and not too far away from Circular Quay.
Eva’s Backpackers is clean, fairly cheap and it has a great little rooftop terrace to relax and watch the world go by, however the kitchen is fairly small especially around dinner time with lots of people trying to make dinner and there is no elevator which can be tricky with a big backpack and lots of stairs. They do offer free coffee, tea, hot chocolate and spices.
Prices include accommodation, fresh linen, tea and coffee, free wifi and free smiles and range from $29p/p per night to $136p/p per night depending if you stay in one of the dorm rooms or in a private room. Dorms start from a 3 bed dorm to a 10 bed dorm and private rooms start from a double to a family room.
Visit the Award winning YHA Sydney Harbour hostel, it’s a hostel with one of the best views in the world….okay well in Sydney… a view of the Sydney Opera house, it’s also one of the cheapest places to stay in Sydney! Located in the heart of the Rocks, a very short from Circular Quay, it is also surrounded by great pubs and cafes and some world class restaurants. The staff at the 24/7 reception are exceptionally friendly and very knowledgeable. Wifi is charged however it is much cheaper than the usual $27 per day charge at hotels. The large, open rooftop terrace is perfect for an evening beer or a breakfast with a great view of the Opera House.
Prices range from $42p/p per night to $185p/p per night depending if you stay in one of the dorm rooms or in a private room. Dorms start from a 4 bed dorm to a 6 bed dorm and private rooms start from a double to a 5 bed family room. Multi-share and double/twin accommodation, all with ensuites and many with Sydney Harbour and Sydney Opera House views.
If you’re a YHA member you also receive 10% off of your accommodation plus many other goodies (fees apply).
Where to stay along Sydney Beaches:
The Sebel Manly Beach is located at the secluded southern end of Manly Beach, which is considered one of the best neighborhood to stay in Sydney. It’s a residence style hotel offering 83 rooms, apartments & suites across two towers. The main building is only 100 metres from Manly Beach with views over the surrounding area.
Each room is a generous size, featuring a large furnished balcony for guests to enjoy the choice of stunning views over the ocean, pool or surrounding Manly area. This Hotel offers two pools, one of which is heated and a spa.
Room rates start from $206 per night for a Superior Studio.
The 4 star Adina Apartment Hotel is a brand new apartment hotel complex in the heart of Bondi Beach. They offer 111 guest room ranging from studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments. All with individual climate control air-conditioning, iPod docking station, in-room safe, minibar, FOXTEL, LCD TV and some with a fully equipped kitchen and a fully equipped laundry. Balconies off all apartments, in-room movies, swimming pool and spa, gymnasium, 24 hour reception, Wi-Fi (at a cost), hotel outdoor area, car parking ($30 per night).
There are a variety of bars and restaurants with a range of cuisines such as Greek, Italian, Modern Australian, Thai and much more close by. It’s also close to many attractions, and bars that Sydney has to offer. Room rates start from $169 per night for a Studio room with a min nights stay.
Where to stay in the Blue Mountains:
Experience the ultimate in luxury in an Australian bush setting at Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, a self rated 5 star hotel. The resort borders the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage wilderness region, 190kms from Sydney. Emirates’ Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is set within its own private conservation and wildlife reserve. This extraordinary property is the first carbon neutral resort in the world, one of a range of conservations initiatives intended to provide its guests with a truly luxurious experience, at no cost to the environment.
The resort itself occupies just two percent of the total land area of 4,000 acres and features 40 individual suites each with its own private indoor/outdoor swimming pool, and a main homestead with sweeping views of the valley. This is the quintessential luxury Australian bush experience – a unique blend of wildlife, dramatic natural beauty, conservation, heritage and a spectacular Australian bush setting. All meals are included in the room rate with a strong focus on regional and seasonal produce, and where possible organic ingredients are used. Also included are all non alcoholic beverages, a range of selected wines and beer with lunch and dinner and two nature based activities per person per day.
Room rates start from $1250 per night for a Heritage Suites with a min 2 nights stay.
Lilianfels Resort and Spa is the only officially rated five star hotel in the Blue Mountains with 85 Deluxe rooms and Suites. Onsite recreational facilities include heated indoor and outdoor pool, tennis court, billiard/games room, library and gym. Lilianfels is perfectly located within 5 minutes walk to the iconic 3 sister’s rock formation at Echo Point and is close to all major attractions including Scenic World, Leura shopping village and award winning restaurants. Room rates start from $249 per night for a Deluxe room.
Where’s your favourite hotel or area to stay in, in Sydney?
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