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Where To Find The Best Hotels In Sydney

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In a world where international travel is scarce, we’re taking solace in finding adventure in our own city, whether that means escaping to a secluded beach or wrapping ourselves in plush robes in a foreign room. Sydney’s hotels are iconic and luxurious. There is The Langham, the recently opened Crown Sydney, and the traveller’s favourite. Sofitel.

While they are all well and good, the harbour city is also home to hidden laneway gems, eclectic finds and repurposed heritage buildings. So whether you’re after plush comforts, trendy digs or harbour views, here are the best hotels in Sydney. 

best hotels sydney

A by Adina

CBD
If you’re after a central location and place to call home for a few nights, then A by Adina is where you want to be. This new hotel in the heart of Sydney’s CBD is perfect for business travellers. They offer studio, executive, one and two-bedroom apartments, some with kitchenettes and all with floor-to-ceiling windows with city views. It’s like having your very own high-end apartment. A by Adina is also crowned with a sexy bar from the team behind Maybe Sammy— Dean and Nancy’s on 22. Retreat upstairs for a cocktail and bites before sinking into a cloud-like bed for the night. IN the morning, you can stroll over to Sammy Jr for coffee or indulge in room service.
Book here.

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Aiden Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour
The Aiden Darling Harbour is part of the Best Western portfolio, but you won’t find outdated carpets and lumpy beds here. Instead, this eight-storey boutique hotel is fitted with the lashings of a luxury hotel. Its 1930s Art Deco bones are celebrated in the building along with art by Jessica Le Clerc, which is a statement in every room. Speaking of rooms, the hotel doesn’t hide that it’s small. In fact, the word compact is mentioned several times, and if you consider the price, it’s a great option for a short city stay. Each room boasts a big, pillowy soft bed, a plush velvet bedhead, and a modern bathroom. Some rooms have a balcony, others have city views. This luxury boutique hotel is the perfect base for your city adventures. Be sure to take advantage of the Wayfarer’s Bar and Cafe downstairs for breakfast, custom tipples, and more.
Book here.

Hotel exterior
Photo Courtesy of The Langham Sydney

The Langham Sydney

Millers Point
The Langham is the Caesars Palace of Sydney. Here, everything is about being extra, from the little finger sandwiches at afternoon tea to the painted sky ceiling in the pool area. This is no cheap stay, but it is one that keeps true to the saying “you get what you pay for.” At best, you will spend $430/night, but this price drastically increases depending on room type. Still, you get the prime position of Millers Point, all the luxuries you could want and an observatory bar serving Australia’s most romantic cocktail: The Pink Rose. 
Book here.

Pier One

Walsh Bay
Set in a repurposed heritage building, Pier One offers five-star luxury on the waterfront, but with an affordable price tag. The style is modern, without being overly stuffy. The rooms are approachable and comfortable, and some have views of the Harbour Bridge. As part of the Marriott Bonvoy empire, booking here will also earn you points if you’re a member. If not, Pier One is still an ideal option for those seeking affordable luxury. 
Book here.

Bedroom with city views
Photo Courtesy of Crown Sydney

Crown Sydney

Barangaroo
Aptly named, the Crown Sydney sitting harbourside in Barangaroo is quickly earning a reputation as the crown of Sydney’s hotel scene. Its sparkling spire has caught the eyes of many, but for those wanting to step inside the high roller, life will have to pay up–$940 to be exact. Although that’s the minimum for a Harbour View King Room. The tower offers a multitude of dining concepts from the renowned Nobu to local Chefs experimenting with wood and a 12-seat omakase room in the back. This is a splurge, but given you had to cancel that trip to Italy last summer, it might be worth it. 
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Hotel bedroom
Photo Courtesy of Ovolo Woolloomooloo

Ovolo Woolloomooloo

Woolloomooloo
If you’ve never stayed at an Ovolo hotel, keep it in mind for your next staycation or holiday. Ovolo has a knack for making everything cool. Their Woolloomooloo site sits on Finger Wharf and channels a young, energetic, boutique and cheeky vibe. The exposed wooden beams and timber flooring from bygone days is mixed with bright, modern furnishings and technology scattered throughout. There are even rockstar suites: the INXS and AC/DC rooms.  However, Ovolo’s most favourable assets are the freebies: minibar and social happy hour. What more could you want?
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Master bedroom
Photo Courtesy Of Little Albion

Little Albion

Surry Hills
Walking down a laneway in Surry Hills, you wouldn’t expect to find a designer hotel, nonetheless, Little Albion awaits, and no two rooms are the same. The boutique hotel embodies more of a local guest-house experience than a hotel room. Each room has its own identity, whether it’s getting lost in the romance of blush pink velvet or cosying up to a mix of 20s and 70s textures—Little Albion is a true hidden gem. 
Book here.

Hotel bedroom
Photo Courtesy of QT

QT Sydney

CBD
Art Deco lovers rejoice, QT Sydney is every Gatsby and Daisy’s dream stay. After all, who doesn’t love decadence? The rooms are dramatic, clad in colours and texture. Its prime location on Market Street makes it a popular choice for those looking to explore Sydney’s restaurants, shopping, and Harbour life. Best of all, you can book a room for as little as $250/night. Given its offerings, that’s not a bad price for a Sydney hotel. 
Book here.

hotel room
Photo Courtesy Of Watsons Bay Hotel

Watsons Bay Hotel

Watsons Bay
Watsons Bay Hotel is packed most weekends with Vaucluse residents sipping rosé, but above the pub is a hotel, resembling a Hamptons-chic lodging. Here, they embrace the slow life. Breakfast becomes brunch, long barefoot strolls on the sand are considered productive and sundowner sippers turn to lavish seafood dinners under the stars. Here, travellers unplug and escape reality even if for a night. This hotel is also a splurge at $360/night minimum. 
Book here.

Pullman Quay Grand Sydney

Circular Quay
In terms of location, you can’t beat Pullman Quay Grand in Circular Quay. On one side you have views of the Harbour Bridge and the other is occupied by the Opera House and within close walking distance to the Royal Botanic Gardens. Inside, you will find luxury apartment-style rooms, equipped with a kitchen, laundry, and separate dining, lounge areas. Because it is a luxury hotel, the price is upwards of $300/night, however, if you’re looking for a prime location, this is one of the best places to book and you will love the views. 
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Hotel bedroom with harbour views
Photo Courtesy of Hotel Palisade

Hotel Palisade

Millers Point
Most will know Hotel Palisade as a historic pub; a place to get a pint with friends. Although a fresh coat of paint, luxury furnishings and rooftop bar transformed the pub into a destination. Sandwiched between the ground floor pub and rooftop bar, are eight rooms filled with natural light. Quarters are tight, given the building’s structure, but most rooms include a queen or king bed and marble-tiled federation-style ensuites. The hand-painted wall murals in each room almost make you forget there is no in-room Wifi or air conditioning. Although for $200/night, it’s a good option if you want to experience a piece of history and a prime Sydney location. 
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Felix Hotel

Mascot
Airport hotels are beginning to look nothing like an airport hotel and travellers are loving it. The TWA in New York stunned visitors, now the Felix Hotel is channelling the golden era of air travel. Gone are the days of drab colours and monotone hallways. Today, it’s all about millennial pinks, bright pastels, and creature comforts. There’s a 24-hour grab and go restaurant with sushi, sandwiches and organic beverages, a gym and cocktail bar. Price varies on the tier, which ranges from economy to first class. Business travellers can also take full advantage of the workspaces. 
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Hotel bathroom with views
Photo Courtesy of Sofitel Sydney

Sofitel Sydney

Darling Harbour
This hotel oozes French luxury, which is not surprising given it carries the name Sofitel. Think deep-soaking tubs with Darling Harbour views, lavish suites, a French restaurant and a pool bar. Its central location is popular among travellers and the locals seem to enjoy the amenities and staycation vibes. Although a room will set you back $350/night at the minimum and that’s for a standard room. Suites are much more, but if you get a corner room, they’re larger and have the best views through floor-to-ceiling-windows. 
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Hotel bedroom
Photo Courtesy of QT

QT Bondi

Bondi
This seaside breezy hotel in Bondi attracts the uber-hip crowd and travellers looking to stay in Bondi for a reasonable price. Managed by the quirky QT Brand, expect chic mellow, meets art, meets bold colours and a sense of salty cool. The family-friendly hotel is situated near Bronte and Bondi Beach, the main shopping district and several restaurants, of which the reception is happy to recommend. A king room will set you back around $260/night, but if you become a member, you can get cheaper rates and perks. 
Book here.

Hotel lobby
Photo Courtesy of Veriu

Veriu Broadway

CBD
Converted into a hotel from a former leather factory warehouse, this hotel combines both industrial and contemporary style attracting wayward travellers. Rooms on the first three floors have exposed beam high ceilings and polished concrete floors while rooms on higher levels offer fresh modern décor and views of the CBD. A custom made zinc roof –the largest of this style dome in Australia—completes the hotel’s unique look. All suites are equipped with fully functional kitchens, making them perfect for short and longer stays. Veriu also has several other locations including Randwick, Central, Camperdown, and Green Square. 
Book here.

West Hotel

Barangaroo
Hilton hotels are world-renowned so we would be amiss if we didn’t mention at least one. West Hotel has a vintage, botanical vibe in the heart of Sydney’s newest neighbourhood, Barangaroo. The 182 designer rooms and suites are equipped for the busy traveller, but can also be an option for a romantic staycation. After all, we can’t get to the tropical destinations at the moment. Enjoy delicious Australian cuisine at Solander, where the vibe is relaxed and casual. The terrazzo marble bar also has major botanical vibes. 
Book here.

Hotel room
Photo Courtesy of Ovolo

Ovolo 1888

Darling Harbour
Housed in a former wool warehouse, Ovolo 1888 in Darling Harbour has plenty of character and makes any stay an adventure. Each room pays homage to its history– exposed brick walls meet punchy Australian pop art and a mix of vibrant furnishings. Downstairs, Mister Percy serves up vegetarian Italian dishes including handmade pasta, accompanied by pours from local vineyards to as far as the Meditteranean. The hotels’ biggest draw is the vintage decor, old-worldly charm and contemporary accents that make it a unique stay, not to mention the convenient location to the harbour and its boutique cafe’s. 
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Hotel bedroom
Photo Courtesy of Spicers Retreats

Spicers Potts Point

Potts Point
Spicers Potts Point has a distinctly urban feel. The three pretty white terrace houses sitting on a tree-lined street could have something to do with it. The allure of 19th Century architecture together with the modernities that comes with the Spicers brand makes this boutique hotel a favourite option for those looking for a great location and classic inner-city hotel experience. The breakfast is not to be missed and is served in the Garden Room, which is outfitted with potted succulents and botanicals all over. While the hotel has it all, it will cost you, around $430 to be exact, but breakfast is included. 
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Hotel bedroom with bath tub
Photo Courtesy of The Old Clare Hotel

The Old Clare Hotel

Chippendale
Inspired by surrounding art galleries, design studios, cafes and restaurants, The Old Clare Hotel keeps curious travellers in mind. Each room has a different colour palette, quirk, and theme. It’s far from a generic hotel, which makes this industrial-chic hotel one of Sydney’s best. In 2019, the hotel added a glamorous wing, offering seven art deco rooms, each with its own lush furnishings and cast-iron bathtubs. While you might never want to leave the room, there is so much exploring to do. Chippendale is home to much of Sydney’s heritage, which can be found in its restaurants, shops and cafes. 
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Paramount House Hotel

Surry Hills
Located in the former headquarters of Paramount Picture Studios, this hotel brings a mix of heritage to their stylish rooms. There are 29 rooms, each a different size thanks to the buildings original structure. Although some are small like the Nook, each is cleverly designed to make use of the space. The Sunny rooms feature terrazzo tiled bathrooms and alcoves with plants while the Mack Daddy spans four light-filled spaces with a private balcony, bedroom and lounge. Each room feels lived in, making it more of a home than a hotel. You also have the advantage of being located in Surry Hills which plays host to some of Sydney’s top restaurants and bars.
Book here.

Hotel bedroom at the zoo
Photo Courtesy of Taronga Zoo

Wildlife Retreat at Taronga Zoo

Mosman
Most hotels have a perk, whether it’s free breakfast or happy hour, but this eco-retreat offers the chance to wake up to a koala sleeping by your balcony. The Wildlife Retreat at Taronga Zoo was a highly-anticipated opening, a first-of-its-kind in Sydney and it remains a top experience for families and couples. Each lodge is environmentally sensitive and sustainably designed and comes with breakfast, a guided tour and two-day access to the zoo. The sanctuary is shared with red kangaroos, Tammar Wallabies, echidnas and koalas, giving guests the chance to wake up to the sounds of wildlife and views of the harbour. For a unique, stay it doesn’t get any better than a zoo sleepover.
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Hotel entrance
Photo Courtesy of Merivale

Establishment Hotel

CBD
Here is another warehouse, industrial-style hotel in Sydney, preserving the city’s publishing history. Establishment Hotel features rustic beams, soaring ceilings and cast-iron fixtures, all leftover from the 1930’s publishing house. Its location is a mere stroll to the Opera House and The Rocks, which is home to several hole-in-the-wall bars and some of the city’s top restaurants. For $230/night, this hotel is an affordable option and comes with a ton of history and stylish rooms that look more like magazine spreads than hotel rooms. 
Book here.

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What’s On in Sydney This Winter

There's plenty on.

It’s officially cold, but that doesn’t mean we should hibernate. Throw on a warm coat and hit the streets as Sydney comes alive with Bridgerton Balls, lobster rolls, ramen clubs and much more.

Check out these events if you’re looking for more fun things to do this weekend in Sydney. 

things to do sydney this weekend
Photo: @thelobstersocial

Indulge in lobster rolls and truffle fries at the Lobster&Co pop up

August 16- September 25
The Rocks
Following a hugely successful Melbourne pop-up, Lobster&Co is coming to Sydney. Bringing with it their iconic lobster rolls, truffle fries and champagne—served from an airstream. The lobster rolls are stuffed with wild-caught whole confit lobster, fennel slaw, and a touch of citrus. Lobster&Co will also be popping up during Taste in the City, taking place in Entertainment Quarter from September 3-4.
Cost: Starting from $50

things to do sydney this weekend

Attend the Cherry Blossom Festival

Saturday August 20 to Sunday, August 28
Auburn
One of Australia’s most photographed cultural events is returning to Auburn Botanic Gardens this August. The Cherry Blossom Festival pays homage to Japan’s traditions, music, pop culture, and food, with the incredible backdrop bursting with cherry blossoms. For those who want to attend, you must buy tickets and pre-book a session in advance. Each ticket includes an all-day entry into the festival grounds and a 45-minute session of your choice on the Cherry Trail, which is where you can get the best photos. Although, be sure to check out the other attractions, including a Hello Kitty Garden Party, 9-hole Putt Putt Course, and the Japanese Food Village for Japanese Hanami staples.
Cost: $11.75

things to do sydney this weekend

Party all night in this Rave Igloo

Ends September 25
Greenwood Hotel
A three-month igloo rave has arrived at Greenwood Hotel brought to you by S*A*S*H Sydney and Fireball Cinnamon Whisky. Enjoy tonnes of snow, a fireball bar, and fire pits to keep you cosy all night. Local S.A.S.H. residents Kerry Wallace, Gabby and Jake Hough will provide the background music, along with international DJs every week.
Cost: Varies.

things to do sydney this weekend

Get a Negroni at Apollonia’s Negroni Series

Starts July 26, 2022
CBD
Negronis from five of The World’s 50 Best Bars will take centre stage at Apollonia for six months with Volume One featuring negronis from Atlas (Singapore), PDT (New York City), Sweet Liberty (Miami), COA (Hong Kong) and Above Board (Melbourne). In six months, these five negronis will rotate out and be replaced with five more from a new selection of bars.
Cost: Varies.

Catch a never before seen in Australia Sidney Nolan exhibit

July 21 – October 23
Darlinghurst
The Sydney Jewish Museum is exhibiting 50 of Sydney Nolan’s Auschwitz paintings, which have never been seen before in Australia. Until recently, the paintings mainly remained hidden, their stories untold for over half a century. The public can tour the exhibit to see Nolan’s intense paintings, created after a tour of Auschwitz in 1961. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this interpretation of history from an Australian perspective.
Cost: $20.08 for adults, $15.86 for senior concession, and $12.69 for students. Free for children under 10.

things to do sydney this weekend

Go glamping in the city with friends

Surry Hills
The Winery has been transformed into a cosy, bohemian glamping spot, perfect for rugging up and indulging in comfort food with friends. Nestled in the laneway’s garden, each glamping tent is set up with floor cushions, soft rugs, blankets and low table tops for grazing. The experience is complete with a four-course menu featuring grilled olive bread and burrata, salt and pepper calamari, truffled steak frites, and more.
Cost: Starts from $69 per person.

things to do sydney this weekend

Indulge in Raclette, S’mores, and spiced rum cocktails at Opera Bar

July 21-28
Circular Quay
This winter, Opera Bar is launching roving carts serving raclette, s’mores, and warming Bacardi Spiced Rum cocktails to your table. Keep warm by hailing the cocktail cart for hot buttered rums, raclette melted over crispy potatoes, or get your sweet fix with s’mores—toasted at the table. Live music is on every night and there are plenty of heaters to keep you warm while you take in that stellar harbour backdrop. The roving carts are available from Thursdays to Sundays.
Cost: $11 -50.

things to do sydney this weekend
Photo: K Wong Photography

Follow the Truffle Trail down in Darling Square

Ongoing
Darling Square
Over the next few weeks, dive into all things truffle with a selection of Sydney restaurants offering exciting dishes showcasing the unique depth and the umami and sweet flavours of the hyper-seasonal truffle. To take things to the next level, a pop-up cart will be open each Sunday offering exclusive, luxury truffle products for avid truffle seekers. Expect duck truffle soup from Auvers Cafe, wild mushroom truffle ragu from Hello Auntie, and even Truffalo buffalo wings from Wingboy.
Cost: Varies

things to do sydney this weekend
Photo: Holly Hawkins

Attend a 10-day art, NFT, and negroni pop-up for charity

July 21-31
The Rocks and Darling Quarter
Sydneysiders can discover an epic line-up of homegrown artists, from NFT creator Bianca Beers to graffiti artist Scott Marsh, with 100% of profits from ONE’s ticket donations, art sales and auctions going to local charities, including; Asylum Seekers Centre, HalfCut and Save the Children. Across the 10 days, there will also be live auctions featuring luxury items from local businesses, exclusive pieces from Sydney artists and designers, themed life-drawing, and comedy tickets to the ARA Darling Quarter Theatre. 
Cost: Varies from $10- $200 (dependant on auction pricing)
Buy tickets here.

Attend The Bridgerton Ball

Saturday, September 3
Town Hall
The town’s most informed Lady is inviting the cream of the town to the social gathering of the season at the exquisite Sydney Town Hall. Dress in elegance and come prepared to dance to classics known to many by our fabulous string quartet. Favourable food and enticing premium drinks fit for Lady’s and Lord’s, along with an array of activities such as life drawing and games of chance await you as you try not to be caught up in the gossip to earn the Queen’s attention. 
Cost: $209.

things to do sydney this weekend

Try Maybe Sammy’s new cocktail menu

From April 6
The Rocks
Rat Pack is out. Artistic doyennes are in. The new menu has been inspired by 12 women who have shaped us artistically from the fields of music, art, cinema and fashion. Each of the 12 cocktails is a tribute to these leading ladies and their contribution to the arts. Maybe Sammy has collaborated with a talented female Australian artist, Clementine Roslund (who goes by @klemekleme_), who has created bespoke artworks to accompany each cocktail. The artwork sits alongside each cocktail in the new menu booklet, entitled ‘Stardust’, which is the name of this new collection. Each cocktail will have a bespoke custom social media filter made from the artwork, so you can pop yourself or your chum into it and extend the experience. The filters will be accessed by a QR code that can be found next to each of the cocktails in the Stardust menu.

things to do sydney this weekend

Conquer Sydney’s tallest paint and sip experience

Ongoing
CBD
Champainting has launched Sydney’s highest paint and sip event at over 300 metres above the CBD in the Sydney Tower Eye. The exclusive event allows guests to paint the ‘City by Night’ masterpiece. Sip on a two-hour drinks package and enjoy a gourmet grazing box while you unleash your inner Monet.
Cost: $145 per person.

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Race your friends at Hyper Karting

Ongoing
Entertainment Quarter
Located in Sydney’s The Entertainment Quarter, Hyper Karting is not your average go-karting—it’s karting reimagined. Think, electric karts, faster speeds, environmentally friendly, all-weather track and safe and inclusive karting. Each race is 15 minutes, and you can enter as many races as you want. It’s only $19 per race and there are two tracks, one for the kids (3-7 years old). When you start the race, your kart is at 50% power, although with every lap you finish, your speed increases dependent on your lap times. So the faster you complete a lap. the faster you can go the next time around. They have expert and standard races. If you’ve never been karting before, stick with the standard. You can race as a family, and the best part, they take your dine and discover vouchers. So what are you waiting for?
Cost: $19-$59.

things to do sydney this weekend

Bridge Climb X Hendrick’s Gin Bar

Ongoing
CBD
Throughout the month of January 2022, all climbers that scale the iconic arches on Day and Twilight Climbs departing after 1 pm will be treated to a complimentary post-Climb celebratory drink in an on-site celebration bar, which closes at 10 pm. The post-Climb drink offered will be a Hendrick’s and Fever-Tree Tonic with a cucumber garnish. Alcohol will be served to guests aged 18 years and over only. Those not of legal age to drink will be offered a non-alcoholic version.
Cost: From $198 for adults, and from $99 for kids.

things to do sydney this weekend

Butter X Impossible Pop Up at The Rocks

Ongoing
The Rocks
Butter, Sydney’s favourite burger and chicken joint, have launched an Impossible Pop-Up in The Rocks in Sydney. The menu is made exclusively with Impossible Beef, so you can pop down and try the full menu. Expect dishes such as an Impossible Chilli Cheeseburger, Impossible Katsu and American Impossible Chilli Cheese Fries. There will also be live music, DJs every week, and a bar stocked with fun cocktails. Butter hour is from 5 pm to 6 pm every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Bottomless brunches will also be on, as well as secret menu items, Australia Day festivities and New Years’ events.
Cost: Varies.

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