Sydney is a natural beauty with a combo of cool cosmopolitan and stunning beaches with lush forests fringing this beautiful city. But where’s the best place to stay in Sydney? Choose from CBD glam, inner west industrial chic, northern tiny house, Pittwater boathouse, harbour yacht, Bondi Boutique and uber hip warehouse.
To help you find unique accommodation, in top locations, with a touch of amazing I’ve put together this list for your next Sydney sojourn. Also see Part 2 for Save – unique accommodation on a budget.
The Langham Sydney $$$$ – Luxurious
Spoil yourself with opulence and luxury at this 5 star boutique hotel near Sydney’s CBD. The Langham’s elegant art deco rooms have city or harbour views. With the city at your fingertips you’re a short walk to the Sydney Observatory, The Rocks, Circular Quay and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Not too far away you’ll come across the tempting Pitt Street Shopping Mall and the beautifully restored and heritage listed Queen Victoria Building!
The Langham staff are exceptional and friendly and look after your every whim. Embrace The Langham’s stylish luxurious design, marvel at your gorgeous marble bathroom, swim in the glorious pool, workout at the excellent fitness centre, and de-stress at the day spa.
Conclusion: This is a beautiful intimate hotel you won’t want to leave!
Now let’s head out onto the harbour for some sailing!
Overnight Yacht Stay on Sydney Harbour $$$$
Sydney is boatie heaven with ferries, cruise ships, yachts, and speed boats cruising around this stunning port. So why not stay on a yacht in the harbour for an amazing experience of life on the sea – even for 1 night?
You’ll love this new yacht moored across the harbour from the CBD by quirky Luna Park and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. You’ll be picked up at Lavender Bay Wharf – this is near Milson’s Point next to the Harbour Bridge on the north side of Sydney – and sailed across to your private mooring.
Jump off the boat for a spot of exciting harbour swimming. At night relish the lights of the harbour and fall asleep to the sights and sounds of this unbelievable location. You can bring your friends! The boat accommodates up to 6 overnighters and the minimum stay is 1 night.
Check in and stay on the boat or for an extra $59 you can choose an evening harbour cruise or a morning cruise (with other guests). If you want the boat cruise all to yourselves the price is $500 for up to 10 people.
You’ll cruise through Darling Harbour, past the Sydney Opera House, Port Denison, and Harbour Bridge. You’ll stop at Athol Bay, next to Taronga Zoo, for a relaxing swim, plus you’ll learn some sailing tips.
To give you an idea of a similar boat this video shows a 2015 Bavaria Cruiser 33 at a boatshow:
FYI: Since the yacht is moored on the harbour and not anchored at a marina you can’t come and go from the yacht. So come prepared with food – think picnic on a yacht. There’s a kitchen and bathroom with toilet and shower onboard.
- Wear soft soled shoes and pack your gear in a soft bag.
- Don’t bring too much gear since space is limited.
- Do bring phone, camera, swimming gear, drinks, food.
- If you want to get off the boat, e.g. go ashore to a restaurant, you can book a water taxi to take you ashore and then back (how cool is that?)
- 12V plug is available for charging you phone.
- Power comes from a battery and the water from a tank so don’t overdo either.
- The cockpit also acts as a covered outdoor dining area. Think glass of wine, laid back conversation and amazing views.
- If you have a boating licence then you can take the boat for a cruise yourself but otherwise the Skipper can sail you.
Conclusion: So, as they say ‘what are you waiting for?’
If you’re thinking “where’s the best place to stay in Sydney with an apartment in the CBD? This next aparthotel has you covered…
Mantra 2 Bond Street $$$ – Cool and Contemporary
So you want more independence and a longer stay in the heart of Sydney’s CBD? This stylish 4.5 Star Aparthotel might just be right for you. Each modern apartment and studio at the Mantra 2 Bond Street is well equipped with all the mod cons: kitchen and appliances, washing machine, dryer, dining area, Flatscreen TV with cable, AC, WIFI and room service. Home away from home! Plus you can stay fit at the fitness studio and on the roof enjoy the stunning pool, hot tub and unbelievable views.
Don’t feel like cooking? The Memento Lounge & Bistro offers delicious meals downstairs.
Conclusion: Mantra 2 Bond Streets offers independent travellers and families everything you need for a city stay.
If you’re thinking Sydney = Harbour then this next hotel hits the jackpot…
Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour $$$ – Location and Views
Location Location Location at this 5 star hotel. Right on Sydney Harbour sandwiched between buzzing Circular Quay and the sub-tropical Botanical Gardens. Choose a luxurious apartment or suite with floor to ceiling windows and views of the gardens or the Sydney Harbour Bridge! For bigger groups the two bedroom garden-view suites can accommodate 5 guests and are suitable for families.
Each chic suite comes with a balcony, spa bath, and cool black and white interior design. Enjoy the fitness centre, sauna, pool, and amazing restaurants and bars: Q Dining for modern Australian cuisine and Hacienda Sydney for Cuban-inspired cocktails and, naturally, harbour views.
Conclusion: Your challenge at the Pullman Quay Hotel is dragging yourself away from stunning sunset views over the Sydney Harbour Bridge!
Sydney = Beach so let’s head out now from the CBD to iconic Bondi Beach.
QT Bondi $$$ – Cool and Quirky
Breathtaking waves, startling white sand and a hip collection of bars, cafes and restaurants QT Bondi is perfectly positioned. This 5 star creative and quirky boutique hotel is perfect for a relaxing beach stay.
Designer & Beach
The cool lobby is adorned with modern art while the spacious suites and apartments have touches of whimsical design and Nordic charm. Accommodation comes with kitchenette, balcony, WIFI, aircon, bathroom with bathtub, free toiletries, and Cable TV with free movies. Take out one of the QT bikes (free) for a leisurely spin around Bondi. The fitness centre at Bondi Pacific is available for use by QT guests.
No pool on site except the amazing natural one outside the window! If you’re not an ocean swimmer – try the ocean pools at the Bondi Icebergs Club at the southern end of the beach (small charge).
Hot ‘To Do’ Tips:
- Shop at the Bondi Markets, every Saturday and Sunday, on Campbell Parade from 9am, for arts, crafts, clothing, and treasure hunting!
- Walk the beautiful Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk or part of the walk.
- Visit Cooee Art Gallery and discover contemporary Aboriginal art telling ancient stories.
- Eat at Sean’s Panorama Cafe for million dollar views, Good One Cafe for vegan fare, Rocker for surfboards and lattes (or a bloody Mary!) and the quirky bookshop cafe, Gertrude & Alice Bookstore, for coffee lovers and bookworms!
Conclusion: You won’t regret booking your stay at QT Bondi on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Now let’s head back to the harbour for a chic industrial hotel with amazing customer service.
Ovolo Woolloomooloo – Crumbling Waterfront Warehouse turned to Uber Hip Hotel $$$
Tradition meets quirky meets cool! The 5 Star, 100 room Ovolo Woolloomooloo is housed in the restored Finger Wharf right next to the Sydney Botanic Gardens. So handy – you’re on the other side of the gardens to Circular Quay.
Originally this warehouse was used for processing wool and as a immigration centre but it’s so different now…guests love the mind-blowing hip design and the freebies! Big cheers to the designers! Hospitality is also the name of the game here with awesome, friendly staff.
Wander around have a game of table tennis, pool, or pacman! Do laps in the indoor pool and exercise in the fitness centre. The sleek Lo Lounge is available for work or relaxation with refreshments at your finger tips all day long.
The accommodation includes suites and lofts for 1 or 2 guests along with luxurious bedding. Free WIFI, room service, plus you can ride the free bikes around central Sydney. You’re a short walk to the CBD, Ferries, Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of NSW, and The Rocks. For shopping you’re near the Pitt Street Zone and the heritage-listed Queen Victoria Building and for cool restaurants and bars stroll to the new Barangaroo.
Conclusion: Where’s the best place to stay in Sydney? This uber-hip hotel is everything you need!
Want holiday accommodation that’s amazing and more affordable? Head on over to Part 2 of ‘Where’s the Best Place to Stay in Sydney: Splurge Vs Save’.
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