Luxury Hotels in the Sydney CBD

Sydney’s Central Business District is Australia’s oldest European settlement. Extending inland from Sydney Cove, where the first convict ships arrived in 1788, Sydney’s CBD is ground zero for visitors looking to immerse themselves in the frenetic life of Australia’s biggest city. The glass towers of the CBD house an array of 5-star hotels, perfect for business travellers who need to be right at the heart of the city’s commercial activity. Compact enough to walk around, the CBD is a shopper’s paradise, with a number of pedestrian-friendly shopping precincts such as Pitt Street Mall. Luxury hotels abound in Sydney’s CBD, along with the city’s main entertainment complexes and theatres. Eating out is part of Sydney life and the CBD’s restaurants cater for every taste imaginable. You can sip a cocktail 83 stories above the city in the Sydney Tower, have a long lunch at a waterside restaurant in Darling Harbour, or grab a cold beer in The Rocks. And if the jostle of the city becomes too much, you can wander down to Sydney Cove, framed by the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, and watch the Manly Ferry cut its way into Circular Quay.

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Rating: 9.1

prices from: $277 AUD

Hyatt Regency Sydney

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Rating: 8.4

prices from: $219 AUD

Skye Suites Sydney

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Rating: 9.0

prices from: $159 AUD

Hilton Sydney

Rating: 8.2

prices from: $197 AUD

Shangri-La Sydney

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Rating: 8.3

prices from: $295 AUD

Australia’s glittering metropolis, Sydney is well-known for its world-class museums, boutique galleries, high-end shopping, and picturesque parks. Get outside of your Sydney CBD luxury hotel to discover some of the finest landmarks in Sydney’s central business district.

Catch a Show at the Sydney Opera House

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sydney Opera House is one of the star tourist attractions in the city. You have several options for visiting this famous landmark in Sydney. Opt for a guided tour or purchase a ticket for a memorable opera performance. The building’s superior acoustics alone are well worth the hefty price tag.  After the show, enjoy an eight-course menu at the Kitchen at Bennelong, one of Australia’s finest dining establishments.

Explore the Royal Botanic Garden

Located just a short stroll from the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanical Garden is a real haven for nature lovers. Established in the 19th century, this place is actually the oldest botanic garden in Australia. See the Palace Rose Garden which houses nearly 2,000 roses and check out the Calyx, where you will find the largest vertical green wall in this part of the world.

Admire the Beauty of St. Mary’s Cathedral

You will find St. Mary’s Cathedral right between Hyde Park and the Domain. With its charming rose windows and elegant arches, it is one of the most beloved buildings in Sydney CBD. The interior of the cathedral is just as striking. Expect to see intricate stained-glass windows and sculptures. The best time to visit the cathedral is on Christmas when it’s adorned with lights and cute decorations.

Pamper Yourself at Langham’s Day Spa

If you wish to unwind and enjoy a range of spectacular body treatments, make a booking at the Langham’s Day Spa in Sydney. It is one of the most luxurious spa centres in the city. Our recommendation is to go for the Champagne & Gold Package which includes a massage and facial, deluxe mani-pedi, and a glass of Laurent-Perrier.

See Cool Historic Vessels at the Australian National Maritime Museum

Culture vultures will want to leave their luxury hotel in Sydney CBD and visit the fabulous Australian National Maritime Museum. The venue is home to seven galleries that cover Australia’s maritime history. Visitors will have an opportunity to see many historic vessels including the full-scale replica of Captain James Cook’s Endeavor. Tickets include entrance to the Australian National Maritime Museum. You can also book a guided tour of the vessels moored outside the building.

Enjoy Panoramic Views from the Sydney Tower Eye

To enjoy breathtaking 360-degree views of the beautiful harbour city, make your way to the iconic Sydney Tower Eye. Soaring above the Sydney skyline, this 309-meter-high tower is actually the tallest building in the city. Express lifts transfer visitors to the observation deck or to the alfresco glass floor platform called the SKYWALK. From the city’s golden beaches to the Blue Mountains that can be seen in the distance, you’ll be blown away by the views.

Interact with Marine Life at Sea Life Aquarium

If you are visiting Sydney CBD with your children, head out to the Sea Life Aquarium. With three oceanaria that more than 12,000 animals call their home, it’s the largest indoor system of Australian marine life in the world. Discover 14 themed areas and see sharks, stingrays, seahorses, dugongs, turtles, Gentoo penguins, and jellyfish. You can also book a Shark Reef Snorkel or hop on a glass-bottom boat tour of the aquarium.

Shopping at Queen Victoria Building 

Shopaholics staying in a luxury hotel in Sydney CBD can look forward to visiting the world-famous Queen Victoria Building. Originally a market hall, this Romanesque-style building boasts ornamental cast-iron railings and numerous stained glass windows. Nowadays, it houses a five-story shopping centre with more than 200 high-end shops. In addition to world-renowned brands, you will also find local Aussie stores such as Heigh’s chocolates, Lorna Jane, and R.M. Williams.