If you’re looking for a rewarding local getaway to reset yourself, Sydney is an idyllic destination. Boasting pristine sandy beaches, iconic landmarks, lush national parks, and a world-class drinking and dining scene, the port city is ideal for a weekend getaway or an extended stay.
Brimming with epic boutique hotels, Sydney offers a wealth of great accommodations to ensure you’re well-rested on your holiday and full of energy to get out and explore. From the heart of the CBD to Bondi Beach, there is a hotel for every visitor.
To help you renew your vacation plans, we’ve rounded up the best Sydney hotels you can book now.
The latest addition to Sydney’s hotel scene is very exciting. The late hotelier Alex Calderwood opened the Seattle Ace Hotel in 1999, changing the game and giving your stay a mix of luxury and rock star grunge suite. Think natural textures and tones, custom-designed furniture, and record players in the bedroom. En route to Australia, the Sydney outpost took over the iconic Tyne Building as the first Ace Hotel in the Southern Hemisphere. With reservations now open for the start of May, we recommend locking up a room as soon as possible for a weekend getaway. Book here.
If you’re looking for a boutique hotel with serious charm, class, and a rooftop pool to splash around in, look no further than the Old Clare Hotel. The Chippendale Hotel is conveniently located atop The Clare Bar, a mix of classic Aussie pubs and hotel cocktail bars. You’re also just above the foodie district of Kensington Street, with options like pan-Asian paradise Spice Alley on your doorstep. Or if you feel like staying at home, an urban oasis cocktail by the pool and a late 1 p.m. check-out should help. You can even book into a pet-friendly room if you’re bringing your furry child. To book here.
Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel
Nestled on the harbor near Vaucluse, Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is a Sydney institution known for its chic Hamptons-style layout, mouth-watering seafood and stunning views of Sydney Harbour.
Just a short ferry ride from Circular Quay and Manly or a ten-minute drive from Bondi, the luxury bayside retreat offers contemporary boutique accommodation, stylish waterside restaurants and a Beach Club , where all the action takes place. Blue and white umbrellas, hidden flamingos, and all things nautical give off a year-round summer vibe. Check in for the luxurious and relaxed stay you deserve. Book your room here.
Paramount House Hotel
Located inside the iconic art deco building that once housed the offices of Paramount Picture Studio, Paramount House Hotel is the gorgeous neighborhood accommodation you should strongly consider booking. In the building alone you will find the Paramount Coffee Project cafe, the Poly wine bar, the Paramount Recreation Club for rooftop exercise classes and the Golden Age Cinema/cocktail bar. As for the rooms, each is carefully designed to make the experience feel more like home than hotel. And touches like LP’s quality meats and local craft beers stocking the mini-fridge also do a great deal. Book your room here.
Speaking of enviable locations, Ovolo offers waterfront accommodation on Woolloomooloo Bay’s historic Finger Wharf, with heritage industrial features on the outside and a luxurious, contemporary feel inside. You don’t have to go far for a great meal with the adjoining Alibi Restaurant offering everything from afternoon tea to an 8-course tasting menu. And if you’re looking for something that sets Ovolo apart, it’s the freebies they offer. More than just breakfast and access to the gym, the hotel will shout out the mini-fridge at no extra cost, a bag of goodies, and a round of cocktails at the bar for “social hour.” Book here.
The location of this boutique hotel sells itself. The bedrooms are laid back with a coastal feel, perfect for letting in the cool sea breeze. Book yourself a room at QT to stay opposite one of the most famous beaches in the world, Bondi Beach. Not only will you be steps away from the iconic mile-long stretch of sand, but you’ll also have access to the suburb’s incredible restaurant and cafe scene. To book here.
The small Albion guest house
A breathtaking designer boutique hotel in the heart of Surry Hills, The small Albion guest house is the ultimate hotel stay for design lovers and art lovers. Reminiscent of someone’s epic architectural mansion rather than a hotel, every corner, curtain, light fixture and coat of paint has been meticulously curated, creating a unique experience that will transport you to the dapper hotels of yesteryear. Designed for the modern traveler with a penchant for opulence, the charming 35-room guesthouse is also pet-friendly – we repeat, pet-friendly – making it the perfect place to hide away the weekend time – and when you can’t bear the thought of leaving your pooch at home.
Sofitel bills itself as the ultimate urban resort – with good reason. The luxury hotel offers nearly 600 rooms and four on-site bars and restaurants, including a cocktail bar with a stunning champagne list. All with views of the city skyline and Darling Harbour. Not to mention the rooftop outdoor infinity pool overlooking the harbor for one of the most boujee morning laps you can imagine. Book your place here.
small national hotel
Located above Wynyard Walk, the Little National Hotel puts you in the perfect spot to explore the CBD. Wake up in compact luxury for a morning workout in the state-of-the-art gym, stroll through the living room and library to relax by the fireplace or get some work done, before heading to the courtyard on the rooftop to enjoy the city sunset. Once it gets dark, take a five-minute stroll to your choice of CBD bars like Maybe Sammy or Cantina OK!, both recognized on the prestigious World’s 50 Best Bars list. Book here.
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