Luxury Hotels in Sydney

Built around the glittering labyrinth of Port Jackson, Sydney is one of the world’s greatest cities. Its millennia-old history spans the length of Australia’s human story: from its original Aboriginal inhabitants, down through its years as an English convict settlement, to the sophisticated modern city visitors see today. Famous for its iconic landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and its graceful Opera House, Sydney offers its visitors an array of experiences unmatched by any other city in the world. Its iconic beaches, such as Manly and Bondi, epitomise the open, friendly and healthy Aussie lifestyle. From the cool hotels and hipster hangouts of Darlinghurst, to the luxury 5-star hotels scattered among the coves and inlets of Sydney Harbour, the city has an outstanding selection of accommodation options. You can relax in an airy apartment high in the sky above Sydney Cove, or disappear into an opulent spa retreat hidden away in a leafy suburb or bush-fringed bay. Sydney’s frenetic heart beats fast in the nightlife of Kings Cross and Oxford Street, through to it’s many late cool roof-top bars. Its daytime charm lies in the cafes and restaurants of The Rocks and Darling Harbour where you can simply sit and admire that beautiful harbour.

Park Hyatt Sydney

7 Hickson Road, Sydney CBD, 2000 Sydney, Australia

Rating: 9.1

The Park Hyatt Sydney is a 5-star hotel that boats stunning views of the city. It overlooks the harbour with views of the Sydney Opera House. The hotel is within a few minutes’ walk of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Rocks Market and Dawes Point Reserve.

Most rooms have floor to ceiling windows and a private balcony, from which guests can enjoy views of the city or Opera House. The comfortable beds and individual temperature controls allow for a relaxing night’s sleep. Guests have access to a coffee maker, room service and complimentary Wi-Fi.

The Living Room is a stylish space fit for a casual meal, coffee, or drink. The Dining Room is the hotel’s waterfront restaurant, with spectacular views of the Opera House and a menu that celebrates premium Australian produce. The Bar is a sophisticated lounge that serves fine wines and spirits with gourmet snacks. Beverages and casual meals are also available poolside.

On the rooftop is a heated pool with sweeping views of the harbour. The deck is lined with sunbeds, perfect for soaking in the sun’s warmth. There is a dedicated fitness centre that is well-equipped for both strength and cardiovascular workouts. Experienced staff at The Spa are also on hand to offer luxury spa treatments.


Ovolo Woolloomooloo

6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo, 2011 Sydney, Australia

Rating: 9.0 (superb)

The Ovolo Woolloomooloo offers 5-star accommodation in a unique Sydney location, the Woolloomooloo Wharf. It is next to the Art Gallery of NSW and Royal Botanic Garden, as well as a variety of restaurants. Only a short distance away are the Sydney Opera House and The Rocks.

As the hotel is inside a heritage building, each room type has a unique layout and shape. They have been creatively decorated with eclectic furnishing to create unique spaces. Modern conveniences include an in-room iPad, smart TV, high speed Wi-Fi and electric blinds. The bathroom has a walk-in shower, and the custom beds were designed with comfort in mind.

At Alibi guests can sample an extraordinary vegan menu, underpinned by bold flavours and great tastes. There is a bar menu, 6 course menu and 8 course menu, as well as a high tea. Alibi is also home to an exceptional cocktail bar, which combines local and international flavours in a creative way.

Guests have access to a fully equipped fitness centre which includes an indoor pool. Breakfast is available in the mornings, the hotel has an afternoon social hour, and the in-room minibar and snacks are free. There are also self-service laundry facilities on site.


The Old Clare Hotel

1 Kensington Street, Chippendale, Sydney CBD, 2008 Sydney, Australia

Rating: 8.9

Located in the suburb of Chippendale is The Old Clare Hotel, a luxe accommodation option with creative styling. The hotel is surrounded by art studies, galleries and cafes, and is close to Prince Alfred Park, Powerhouse Museum and Central Station. Darling Harbour is only a 15-minute walk away.

The hotel sits on the site of an old brewing company (Tooth and Co., and later Carlton United Brewaries). All of the original buildings were demolished and redeveloped to make way for this stunning boutique hotel. The one exception to this is the Boardroom building which was retained, restored, and converted into luxury hotel accommodation.  You can request to book this room, which retains many of the original period details from that era.

Each room type has its own completely unique styling, that combines modern comforts with heritage or retro decor. There are unique vintage furniture pieces, including some that were salvaged from the original brewery. The bathrooms vary room to room, but all include Triumph & Disaster amenities. Guests have access to complimentary Wi-Fi, a Bluetooth sound dock and HD TV.

At Automata, diners can dine on an eclectic tasting menu which is frequently modified by the talented head chef. Up above is The Old Clare Rooftop Bar, which serves a variety of snacks as well as premium drinks and cocktails. Open from 7am, The Clare offers breakfast in the morning, a light lunch, and cocktails in the evening.

Next to the rooftop bar is the heated pool, reserved exclusively for guests. There is a 24hr gym onsite which features TechnoGym machines and strength training weights. A personal trainer is available upon request. There are also complimentary bikes which can be used to explore the city.


Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

199 George Street, Sydney CBD, 2000 Sydney, Australia

Rating: 9.1

In the heart of the Sydney CBD is the top-quality hotel, Four Seasons Sydney. It is only a short walk away from some of the city’s most iconic landmarks; the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The stylish guest rooms feature comfortable beds with premium linens, an office desk and bar fridge. Large windows allow for plenty of natural light and offer views of the city or harbour. The marble bathrooms have a bathtub, walk-in shower, and Christian Lacroix amenities. There is complimentary Wi-Fi and 24hr in-room dining.

At Mode Kitchen & Bar, diners can experience contemporary Australian cuisine in a relaxed yet refined setting. The cocktail bar, Grain, is a place where people can enjoy a craft spirit, local beer, fine wine or premium cocktail. From Wednesday to Sunday, Afternoon Tea is served on the Mezzanine, and The Cabana caters to guest who are relaxing poolside.

The hotel has a Fitness Centre fully equipped with weight and cardio machines, free weights, a locker room, sauna, and steam room. The heated outdoor pool is lined with sunbeds to relax in. For wellness, the staff at Endota spa are on hand to offer a range of spa treatments. Guests with premium rooms also have access to the exclusive, Lounge 32.


Hyatt Regency Sydney

161 Sussex Street, Sydney CBD, 2000 Sydney, Australia

Rating: 8.4

A 5-star hotel, the Hyatt Regency Sydney sits on the eastern side of the Darling Harbour. It towers over the Sydney Zoo and Sydney Aquarium and is only a short walk away from premium shopping destinations, including King Street, Darling Quarter and Castlereagh Street. The Sydney Opera House and Art Gallery of NSW are less than 10-minutes away.

The well-appointed guest rooms are modern in design and have luxury amenities. Large windows offer stunning views of the harbour or city, and many grant access to a private balcony. Each room features a flatscreen tv, bar fridge, individual temperature controls and a spacious workspace. Guests also have access to complimentary internet access and in-room dining.

At Jackalberry, diners can enjoy a gourmet menu and unique cocktails that celebrate the diverse cuisines found around the world. High in the sky is Zephyr, a rooftop bar with spectacular views of Sydney, premium cocktails, and a light menu. Drawing from the history of Darling Harbour are Sailmaker and Dundee Arms. Sailmaker serves a refined menu of local seafood while Dundee Arms is a traditional pub, dating back to 1860.

The hotel has a fully equipped fitness centre with strength and cardio training equipment. For some, access to the Regency Club Lounge is granted which provides guests with a more premium experience.


The Woolstore 1888 by Ovolo

139 Murray Street, Pyrmont, Sydney CBD, 2009 Sydney, Australia

Rating: 9.0

Experience the comforts of a high-end boutique hotel at the The Woolstore 1888 by Ovolo. Located in Pyrmont, the hotel is within walking distance of Darling Harbour and its many shops, restaurants, bars, and museums. Within a ten-minute drive are the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney Opera House, and Australian Museum.

The hotel is housed in a historic building resulting in an eclectic collection of rooms. Each room features bold, industrial decor and unique furniture pieces. The custom-made beds are designed for a comfortable sleep and each room has a Smart TV and In-Room iPad. Each bathroom features a walk-in rain shower and guests have access to complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi.

Housed within the The Woolstore 1888 by Ovolo is Mr Percy, a bespoke wine bar. The decor was inspired by the wool store heritage of the building and designed by an award-winning firm. Diners can enjoy fine wines, artisanal cocktails and a delicious vegetarian menu which uses local, seasonal ingredients.

By staying at the hotel guests gain 24hr access to the nearby Snap Fitness Pyrmont. Breakfast is available in the mornings and in the afternoon, there is a hotel run social hour. There are free self-service laundry facilities, and the In-room Minibar and snacks are free of charge.


Skye Suites Sydney

300 Kent Street, Sydney CBD, 2000 Sydney, Australia

Rating: 9.0

For a sophisticated stay in an award-winning architectural building, look no further than Skye Suites Sydney. Located a few streets back from Darling Harbour, these self-contained apartments are surrounded by gourmet restaurants and are a short walk from the King and Castlereagh Street shopping precincts.

There are three types of guest suite, all of which include an open plan living area, dining spaces, laundry facilities and a kitchen. Large sliding doors open to a private balcony and the comfortable beds are fitted with premium linens. All suites feature a deluxe private bathroom, which is separate from the bedroom in the One- and Two-Bedroom suites. Guests have access to unlimited Wi-Fi and premium Kevin Murphy amenities.

Each guest suite has a cooking space that is fully equipped for creating gourmet meals. They are fitted with state-of-the-art SMEG appliances, including an induction cooktop, microwave, dishwasher, and bar fridge. For those that feel like eating out, the Skye Suites Sydney are conveniently located near the Skittle Lane dining precinct.

The indoor swimming pool and spa area are available to all guests and were designed to invoke the feeling of an ice cave. Overlooking the pool is a well-equipped gym with weight and cardio machines, perfect for a workout.


Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour

12 Darling Drive, Sydney CBD, 2000 Sydney, Australia

Rating: 8.7

The Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour brings luxurious French stylings to the heart of Sydney. This 5-star hotel is conveniently located near high-end restaurants, boutique shopping and the Darling Harbour Leisure Precinct. It is only ten minutes walk from the Sydney Opera House.

Each guestroom has large windows with sweeping views of the city. Comfortable Sofitel MyBeds and individual temperature controls ensure guests have a restful sleep. The European inspired bathrooms feature bespoke French amenities, large showers and in some rooms, a corner bathtub. Guests have access to In-Room Dining and Wi-Fi.

The hotel restaurant and bars are inspired by French cuisine. Atelier serves local produce that is grilled to perfection. In the lobby, the refined Esprit Noir offers morning croissants and evening cocktails. At the Champagne Bar enjoy premium cocktails, champagne, and decadent morsels. Up on the deck is the Le Rivage Pool Bar, serving guests enjoying the infinity pool and views of Sydney.

The heated Infinity Pool is reserved for guests and overlooks the Darling Harbour and city skyline. On Level 4, the state-of-the-art Sofitel Fitness Gym is open 24/7. It has Technogym cardio machines, free weights, and yoga equipment. For shoppers, the Debonair on Darling gift shop is in the lobby.


Rydges Sydney Harbour

55 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000

Rating: 8.2

Nestled in the cobblestoned streets of The Rocks is Rydges Sydney Harbour. Close to galleries and cafes, this luxury hotel is the perfect location to see all of Sydney’s sites by foot or by ferry. When winding down, guests will enjoy complimentary high speed Wifi, making this accommodation great for business travellers and relaxing weekends away.

Full of natural light and choice of pillows, each room offers a mini bar and coffee making facilities. The King Rooms offer sweeping views of Sydney, in addition to a king size bed featuring luxurious linen.

Even though the hotel is located near some of Sydney’s best cuisine, there is no need to stray far from the accommodation. Situated on site is the acclaimed The Playfair Terrace Restaurant. With a fusion of cuisines and featuring Australian produce, the restaurant offers lunch and dinner options.

The Lobby Bar is the place to go, not only for breakfast, but to sample some of Australia’s finest craft beers as well as your favourites from Australia and beyond. Guests will love the epic views of the Sydney Harbour from the outdoor rooftop pool. Offering a spa and sun lounges, it is the perfect place to relax after a busy day of sightseeing. The hotel also offers guests full housekeeping during their stay.


Harbour Rocks Hotel Sydney

34 Harrington Street, Sydney CBD, 2000 Sydney, Australia

Rating: 8.2

Known as Sydney’s most beautiful and historic hotel is the Harbour Rocks Hotel. This luxury hotel was built in 1887 and guests will love the charm of the decor that meets the modern facilities. The hotel is walking distance to the Circular Quay Ferry Terminal in addition to being close to some of Sydney’s best attractions.

You will find everything you need in each style of room at this hotel. With a mini bar and tea and coffee making facilities in the room, you will be able to start and end the day off right. Indulge in luxury bathroom amenities featured in your ensuite bathroom. The Harbour View Suite has breathtaking views of the harbour to make your stay even more special.

Located on site is the highly regarded Tayim Restaurant. The middle eastern inspired cuisine is paired with locally sourced wine for a delicious experience. For coffee or cocktail lovers, Eric’s Bar is waiting for you on the ground floor of the hotel. Active guests of the hotel will be able to take advantage of the onsite gym or head out to the popular running track from the Sydney Opera House to Mrs Macquaries Chair. Guests who would like to enjoy their heritage accommodation, can enjoy in-room dining for all meals.


Rendezvous Hotel Sydney The Rocks

75 Harrington St, Sydney NSW 2000

Rating: 8.0

Located in the historic area of Sydney is the luxury hotel, Rendezvous Hotel. Surrounded by boutique shops and some of Sydney’s best restaurants, enjoy everything this area has to offer within walking distance. You will love relaxing at this hotel at the end of a busy day of sightseeing, with the iconic Bridge and Opera House only moments away.

Several types of rooms are available for you to choose from. All of them feature basic kitchenette facilities ideal for that early morning coffee or late night snack. A work area is available in each room for business travellers and couples can indulge in the one bedroom view apartment with balcony, for a special weekend away.

Only a 4 minute walk from your accommodation, you will find the popular, Glenmore Hotel. With 180 degree harbour views, it is perfect for a relaxed meal or an afternoon prosecco on the rooftop bar. Check out The Fine Food Store for a delicious gourmet breakfast and if you are staying over a weekend, grab some amazing street food at the famous Rocks Markets.

The hotel offers complimentary wifi for guests within their room. Guests can also take advantage of the onsite gym, outside pool and spa. For those travelling without a car, the 24 hour reception can assist guests with booking an airport shuttle for an additional fee.


Hilton Sydney

488 George Street, Sydney CBD, 2000 Sydney, Australia

Rating: 8.2

Centrally located, the Hilton Sydney is a luxurious haven from which you can explore the city. The surrounding area has a bustling nightlife with many boutique bars and restaurants. It is close to the Art Gallery of NSW, Botanic Garden and Sydney Opera House.

The modern guest rooms are well appointed and have tall windows that look out to the city. Each room has a custom-made Hilton Serenity Bed fitted with premium linens. The bathrooms feature a steam room style, roll-in shower for maximum relaxation and rejuvenation. Guests have access to in-room dining and internet.

At Glass Brasserie diners can enjoy fresh Australian cuisine and a selection of over 440 boutique wines. On the rooftop terrace is Zeta Bar, where craft spirits and creative cocktails can be enjoyed while looking out at Queen Victoria Building. Down below is the historic Marble Bar, a space for a drink, dance, and some live music. Meanwhile, Caffe Cino is there for a light meal or snack.

For their fitness needs, guests have access to Fitness First Pitt St. Platinum. It has a 25m lap pool and fully equipped gym. To cater for wellness needs, visit Alysium Day Spa or Pierre Haddad Salon, who have highly trained staff on hand offering a range of treatments.


QT Bondi

6 Beach Rd, Bondi, 2026 Sydney, Australia

Rating: 8.7

Just one street back from the world-renowned Bondi Beach is the sophisticated and luxurious QT Bondi hotel. Only a few minutes away from the hotel is the beach, Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk and Biddigal Reserve. There are multiple golf courses in the local area as well as boutique shops, bars, and restaurants.

The spacious, modern rooms have plenty of natural light and access to a private balcony. There is a modern kitchenette, living room area and in-room laundry facilities. The large bathrooms have a double vanity, bath, rainforest shower and Kevin Murphy amenities. Guests have access to free Wi-Fi and a Bose music dock.

QT Bondi is surrounded by a range of different dining establishments for guests to choose from. The helpful concierge can recommend a restaurant and explain which restaurants QT Bondi has developed partnerships with. EDEN Bondi has developed an exclusive picnic basket and room service menu just for QT Bondi.

Guests have access to Speedo Fitness Club Bondi Beach. This well-equipped gym has state-of-the-art equipment from TechnoGym, strength training equipment and a 25m indoor heated pool. For those that drive, the hotel can arrange discounted parking fees at the nearby Wilsons Parking, which has a lift that goes directly into the hotel lobby.


Shangri-La Sydney

176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney CBD, 2000 Sydney, Australia

Rating: 8.3

Wake up to breathtaking views of the iconic Sydney Opera House, the Harbor Bridge or Darling Harbor each morning. You will be spoiled for choice at the Shangri-La Hotel, with a day spa, fitness center and indoor pool at your disposal.

The Shangri-la Sydney is located in the historic Rocks area, where Europeans first settled in Australia in 1788. This enviable location is just 5 minutes’ walk from both the Sydney Opera House and the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art).

After a day of sightseeing, you can relax in the bathtub of your lavish marble bathroom. All rooms include free Wi-Fi and an iPod dock, as well as fluffy bathrobes and slippers.

CHI, The Spa offers a luxurious escape in its private spa suites, with a range of body treatments and massages on offer. The hotel also offers a hot tub, sauna and sun deck so you can make the most of your stay. The award-winning Altitude Restaurant features magnificent views of the harbor and the New York-inspired Blu Bar on 36 is the perfect spot for a creative cocktail.


In Sydney there is no shortage of luxury accommodation available. Once you have chosen where to stay, it is time to decide what you would like to do with your time. There are so many different things to experience in Sydney that we have compiled a list of seven of the best things to do during your time in this famous Australian city.

Cruise Sydney Harbour

The views around the Sydney Harbour are iconic, and what better way to see them than from the water. During the day, you can charter a private yacht and cruise up and down the harbour while enjoying gourmet snacks and the hospitality of your skipper. Chose between a classic monohull, spacious catamaran or modern motoryacht. Alternatively, wait until the sun sets and experience the city at night while enjoying a delicious dinner menu. Many of the night cruises also feature live entertainment and a bar.

Explore Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour is located next to the Sydney CBD and is filled with restaurants, boutiques, attractions, green spaces, and bars. You can visit the Chinese Garden of Friendship, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, or browse through the stores at Darling Centre and Harbourside Shopping Centre. There are restaurants in the area to suit every palate and appetite, including Sokyo Lounge, Mister Percy, Waterfront Grill and Momofuku Seiobo.

A Drink with a View

Sydney is blessed with a multitude of incredible roof-top bars. What better way to take in the sights and sounds of Sydney than with a refreshing drink (beer, spirit, cocktail – or even a mineral water!) from a roof-top bar. These are especially popular over the Summer period, so arrive early on a hot day to secure the best viewing positions.

See Sydney from the Air

Sydney has many famous landmarks and is situated along a stunning coastline. To experience it all, you can book a helicopter tour of the city. Your knowledgeable pilot can explain the history of Sydney while flying over iconic places including Bondi Beach, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Alternatively, choose to see it from a seaplane and pair the experience with lunch at a high-end restaurant.

Visit the Sydney Opera House

One of the most famous buildings in Australia, the Sydney Opera House is the perfect place to enjoy dinner and a show. Throughout the year a wide range of concerts, musicals, ballets, theatre shows, live acts and comedy sets are performed. Within the small sail of the Opera House is the acclaimed restaurant Bennelong, perfect for a pre or post show meal. Bennelong celebrates Australian culture and produce through a carefully designed menu that aims to put “Australia on a plate”.

Relax at Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach is one of Australia’s top beaches and is well known around the world. The sandy white beach and azure water make for stunning photos, and with highly trained lifeguards on watch, it is a safe space to enjoy the ocean. Overlooking the water, is Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, an elegant space to enjoy an Italian inspired meal and take in the stunning view.

Visit the Art Gallery of NSW

Across the road from the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Considered to be the best art gallery in Sydney, it showcases examples of Indigenous Australian, Asian, Classic Australian, Contemporary, and international art, and includes works from masters such as Van Gogh, Monet and Picasso. There is also a rotation of touring exhibits for patrons to view and enjoy.

Dine at Catalina Restaurant

One of the finest restaurants in Sydney, Catalina features panoramic views over stunning Rose Bay. Their exceptional fine dining menu celebrates Modern Australian cuisine and uses high quality, local seafood. Two of the signature items are their Sydney Rock Oysters and Soy Cured King Salmon. The beverage menu features high quality wines and cocktails that use premium spirits, and their staff have a reputation for excellent service.