Embracing millions of tourists every year, the Emerald City of Australia makes it to the list of top 15 most visited cities of the world. Sydney is studded with culturally rich heritage sites, lively theatres, and striking landmarks. A bevy of lush green parkland and nature reserves, the coastal city is exhilarated with adventure sports including surfing, skydiving, wakeboarding and much more.
Once a colonial outpost, Sydney has now ameliorated into a major cultural and economic center. It is also distinguished as the richest aboriginal archaeological sites in Australia owing to thousands of rock engravings interspersed throughout the landmass.
Stretched across an area of ten square miles, the city is well connected through public transport. One can also hire a car for accelerating through the crowd. However, the most thrilling is ferrying through the Parramatta River to the Cockatoo Island whilst enjoying the picturesque.
If you are planning to embark your New Year with a blast, then pack your bags and join the Sydneysiders in their world-famous New Year’s Eve fireworks.
The teeming city is dotted with 658 suburbs, 13 islands, and a hundred beaches. Sydney has so much waiting to be explored. And to unwind you after a venturesome day, it offers hundreds of hotels to suit every need and taste. Alleviating your burden of skimming through these numerous options, we have narrowed down 20 best high-end hotels that will enliven your every luxurious fantasy.
Park Hyatt stands tall glistening in the heart of the city. The boutique hotel vaunts the vista of the renowned Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. It is walking distance apart from Circular Quay and Royal Botanic Gardens. It is the prime location and the panoramic cityscape from the hotel that renders the major selling incentive. The hotel and the rooms are themed as brown, beige and chic all over embellished with minimalistic and aesthetic decors. he Park Hyatt provides impeccable amenities including a rooftop pool, well-equipped gym and a relaxing spa. The highly professional and adept staff of the hotel endeavors to satiate the yearning of luxury of every customer.
If your yearning for a royal treatment can compel you to spend thriftlessly, then the Langham is the hotel to crash in. Positioned in the Rocks and a few paces away from downtown Sydney, this hotel provides you an awesome fusion of colonial history at the window frame and bustling modernity at a few footsteps. A page-long pillow menu, private wine cellar, Roman bath house styled pool, and a fireplace are waiting to meet you noble expectations. To add in the list are their super fluffy and feather-soft beds centered in the pastel hued floral themed room. However, the brownie points are credited to a private butler service tending to your comfort and whim to make you feel like royalty.
The Darling is often tagged as the darling of Sydney. It is one of the ritziest and swish hotel in the town. A neutral overall with a splash of bright colors here and there makes it the right balance of refined yet ebullient. Along with a business center, Moroccan hammam, 9 restaurants, flashy casino, outdoor pool, nightclub, and 7 bars, it outvies the 5-star claims. All the 171 rooms are high tech with remote-controlled LCDs, lights, window blinds, and temperature. The blinds of the windows unfold to reveal the dazzling harbor view. The Darling resides in Sydney's main tourist vicinity, the Darling Harbour within the Star Casino complex.
The Altitude restaurant at level 36 serving fine dine along with the best view in town, is what ascends the Shangri La from the rest. Another hotel positioned in the Rocks overlooking the Harbor Bridge and Sidney Opera House is sure to provide the best view. The cherry motif rooms with a glint of gold and blue succumb the 90s aura to the rooms. The Royal Suite with a grand piano is fit for a princess.
A relaxing day at this boutique hotel can leave you dazed with numerous alternatives to choose from, including an unwinding Chi spa, New York inspired Blu bar, warm indoor pool, and a sauna. A glass of wine in hand whilst glancing what lies beyond the floor-to-ceiling glass window, still top the list.
In the busy streets of Sydney's shopping center stands a lady with a fiery red wig. Tagged as Ms. Director of Chaos, she welcomes you into this set of 90s period film.
The hotel has every luxurious common conveniences like a pool, sauna, in house cafe, spa, and steam room. However, the highlight is its outlandish features. A wall studded with vintage suitcases and a retro record player is reflective of the 20th century State Theatre and Gowings Department store over which this hipster edifice is designed. Another eccentric yet exuberant element of the hotel is an elevator with a sensor that plays lonely tunes for single guests, love songs for couples and party poppers for a group. Including headless mannequins and hot pink chairs in the lobby; gothic corridors and bold cherry red furniture in the room, everything about this hotel is dramatic. If stagnant neutral walls are a blasé for you and dramatic is your taste then this is your abode.
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Everything about this place is extravagant. With Circular Quay positioned right next to it and Sydney’s triptych – Sydney Opera house, Harbor Bridge, and museum of Contemporary arts, lying before it, makes everything about this place special. Not just the panorama but the interiors of the hotel deserve a highlighted mention. This glamorous spin on traditional hotel is dazzled with a chandelier. The oak wall beside the elevator and exquisite art pieces in the lobby speaks of its class.
One cannot miss out on the day spa, pool, and sauna whenever here.
Pier One Sydney Harbour
If you are intrigued about Sydney’s heritage and history, then Pier one is the ultimate haven for you. Crafted within a converted wharf on one of the historic piers, the hotel retains the glimpses of its origin. Built over the water and underneath the iconic Sydney Harbor Bridge, it promises an enthralling landscape.
Lodged in Sydney’s theatre district Walshbay, the quirky hotel is a 10 minutes stroll away from Circular Quay and the Rocks. Rooms with iPod docks, coffeemaker, private waterfront terraces, excellent restaurant, private pontoons, fitness center, and in-room spa treatment, the hotel has everything you need for a luxe stay here. Furbished with a nautical yet modern theme and waterfront horizon, the hotel is ideal for a Sydney wedding.
Intercontinental is a lavish buffet of modern opulence and colonial heritage. Set within the treasury building of 1851, this hotel showcases a perfect modern refurbishing to 19thcentury architectural excellence. Located in Circular Quay, it is not too far from Royal Botanic gardens. The rooms are spacious and sunbathed and the walls are airbrushed with mahogany and brown tones. The room windows feature live screening of Sydney’s highlights –Sydney Harbour, Harbour Bridge, and Opera house. Special care has been taken for all the lazy and tired people with a bedside switch control for the blinds. This deserves plaudits for the added luxurious feel. The hotel is decked up with first-class amenities like the finest tea destination, sauna, indoor pool, spa, and fitness center.
Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park
Sheraton is a renowned legacy of hotels. The one at Sydney is the crown of their congregation. The drive through the posh neighborhood lined by upscale stores elucidates the splendor waiting ahead. And the first step into the grand lobby just heightens your expectations. A part of Sydney’s Central Business District, it is the perfect accommodation when in town for a business affair. 24 hours business center, 18 meeting and event rooms will efficiently tend to your every corporate need. Sheraton club lounge, spacious rooms with minibars, black marble bathroom, indoor rooftop pool, top floor fitness center, spa, sauna, and steam room are some of the world class services offered during your stay.
Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour
The gate of the hotel opens into the Macquarie Street. Pullman Quay is in reach of Circular Quay, Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera house, the Rocks, and Royal Botanic Garden. It is flocked with high-end restaurants and shopping centers. The ambiance of the hotel is itself a synonym of opulence. Rooms are a classy grey and cream overall with a glow of golden soft furnishings. An elegant convertible sofa in front of an LCD screen is the best break from a Sydney day. Being in the prime location, the apartment styled rooms offer you a choice between an azure backdrop of Sydney Harbour or a virescent Royal Botanic garden view from your window frame. Indoor heated pool, sun deck, spa, sauna, gym, and Sydney’s best bar are some of the perks of the estate.
The master suite of Hilton defines 5-star luxuries. However, other rooms are no less. One glance at the rooms and you will know for yourself that your stay at Hilton is going to be swanky. Equipped with grey and tan hued furniture and plushy beds, the rooms are thoughtfully styled as urbane. The hotel is located in the hub of Central Business District in George Street. It has entire Sydney under its horizon with glorious Victorian Building on its other side of the street and public transport available at its doorstep.
Sir Stamford Circular Quay
Located in Circular Quay, Sir Stamford is a part of the City center and is near a metro station which means no fear of traveling hassles. What makes it sui generis among its competitors is its old school aura. The lobby is swarming with Georgian antiques. The rooms, on the other hand, are conveniently modish, garnished with the 90s quaintly charm. Another thoughtful and applaudable provision is the soundproof walls of the rooms. Consisting of an outdoor pool, bar, restaurant, fitness center and BBQ terrace, the hotel lacks nothing.
Darling Harbour is the perfect dwelling for a corporate trip to Sydney. Featured in the quiet nabe of the Darling Harbour, it is away from the hustle bustle of the Circular Quay. However, it is just a ride away from the Quay. The rooms offer a magnificent panorama of the Darling Harbour. This skyscraper has 590 rooms consisting of a minibar, LCD, fluffy bed and a frost glass door revealing a fancy bathroom. Sofitel has all the amenities of a standard 5-star service including a pool, well equipped gym, restaurants, and bar. The signature French restaurant, Atelier is the place for a fine dinner.
Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel
Nested in the circular Quay, Marriott enjoys the prime location being in reach of Sydney's crowning jewels and metro stations. So, if someone is in Sydney with a time cramp, then Marriott is the place to land in. The hotel is one of the six AAA ranked five-star hotels of Sydney. After the multi-million refurbishment, it fetes its guests with a professional staff, sophisticated ambiance and loaded amenities.
The rooms are minimalistic but stocked with 5-star essentials like mini bar, mini refrigerator, LCD and plush furniture.
Medusa Boutique Hotel
It is centered in Darlinghurst, securing a chunk in the inner city, away from the rush. With a guise of a convertible house, Medusa is one of the most homely and friendly hotel in the precinct. The staff is very welcoming and personable. You can anytime reach out to them for recommendations about what is best in the city.
The cozy fireplace in the lobby manages to catch attention. The 18 rooms of this intimate estate are equipped with platform beds, kitchenette, minibar, and LCD.
The blushed interior of the boutique hotel makes it a utopia for couples and romantic vacations.
This 5-star hotel is smack bang in the Central Business District. It is in reach of all the prime landmarks of Sydney which renders it a selling asset. The overall ambiance is highly sophisticated and modern. The entire hotel is washed in inoffensive neutrals with some strokes of carmine here and there. Some of the rooms bestow the gleaming cityscape of soaring Sydney tower. Incorporated with conference rooms, Jacuzzi, outdoor pool, restaurants, bars and gymnasium, the estate is felicitous for both corporate and tourist visits.
Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney
Once a publishing company, this triangular sandstone edifice has transformed into a sumptuous fine hotel. Radisson Blu is featured in the Central Business District of Sydney.Ferry rides are easy to catch since it is just a stroll away from Circular Quay. The imposing facade vindicates the luxury inside. A metallic backdrop is tinted by a comprehensive blue and chrome cast all across the board.
In house restaurants, 24 hours room service, lap pool, Jacuzzi, health club and steam room will make sure that your stay here is a luxurious one.
Fraser Suites Sydney
This boutique hotel resides in the quiet Kent Street of Sydney's CBD. Fraser's homely apartment styled suites are exemplary for those who detest the grave milieu of hotel rooms. The 201 apartments are featured with cozy yet chic interiors. The floor to ceiling windows welcomes lots of natural light. Some even present a breathtaking view of the Blue Mountains and Darling Harbour. The duplex Penthouse Suite of Fraser's is to splurge at. The amenities are curated focusing on a long term stay. These include a heated indoor pool, a well-equipped health club, a sauna, and a free bike, to cycle through the ebullient streets of Sydney.
Residing in the busy streets of Central Business District, Primus is an ideal accommodation for theatre freaks given its proximity to the popular Capitol Theatre of Sydney. A revamped 20th century government building, it still has some bare remnants of the heritage thriving amidst the modern Art Deco interiors. The dark dramatic shades of the commodious rooms are balanced by exquisite marbles of the bathrooms. Opened in 2015, Primus is a new kid in town but it knows its métier well with a highly personable yet professional staff. A clear rooftop pool is the spotlight of the copious amenities provided.
Old Clare Sydney
It is nestled in the coolest suburbs of Sydney, Chippendale. Old Clare sings a beautiful polyphony of heritage and contemporary. Here in the semi industrial history persists in sync with resplendent furnishings and lifestyle. Guests are offered a choice of eight suite styles to meet all tastes. The rooms are bedizened with Danish armchairs and lamps. The boutique hotel is as well a foodie's paradise with three destination restaurants and bar namely Automata, A1 and the Clare.
A rooftop pool placed alongside a bar is a perfect place to enjoy a sunbath.