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From the iconic opera house to the sparkling harbor, Bondi Beach, world-class restaurants and the natural rugged beauty of the Pacific coastline, Sydney has it all. Sometimes described as loud and gaudy, Sydney isn’t shy, that’s for sure, but with a huge variety of attractions, this city of just over five million residents, which has double that number of annual visitors, is an exciting and vibrant metropolis. Try out our top picks for the best hotels in Sydney.
Best Overall: Ovolo Woolloomooloo
The spacious, modern rooms feature super comfy beds, in-room iPads, a free minibar, electric blinds and free Wi-Fi. You'll also enjoy the on-site 24-hour pool and gym. Every early evening guests can enjoy the free happy hour a chance to chat with other guests and enjoy drinks and nibbles. Once you are feeling hungry, you can head out to nearby restaurants or order in-room dining around the clock. Explore the neighborhood by borrowing one of the hotel's bicycles and helmets and taking a ride around town or ride the short 10-minute distance to the Royal Botanic gardens.
Best Boutique: The Urban Newtown
Located in trendy Newtown, this boutique hotel features rooms with kitchenettes and has a relaxed vibe that feels like staying over at a friends apartment. Rooms include free Wi-Fi, and 24-hour flexible check-in and check-out times, plus flat-screen TVs. Modern bathrooms are clean and stylish with large walk-in showers. Enjoy the complimentary snacks provided at reception and the regular free wine and beer tastings. Just walking distance from funky King Street, this property is close to nightlife, restaurants and boutiques. Take a walk down to Gigi pizzeria for cheese-free vegetarian pies with complex toppings such as olive tapenade, capers, chili, oregano and olive oil.
Best Budget: Cambridge Lodge Guest House
Built inside a converted heritage house, a 15-minute train ride from Sydney’s CBD (Central Business District,) Cambridge Lodge offers a fantastic value. Located right in the Newtown neighborhood, this hostel is close to nightlife, restaurants, bars and shops, so you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to selecting a place to grab dinner or a snack. Rooms are simple and can appear a little bare, but still feature the modern amenities you would expect in a major city such as a TV, a minifridge and free Wi-Fi. Communal areas feature a large sun deck, landscaped gardens and a TV area. Free continental breakfast is supplied each day as is unlimited tea and coffee served hot all day.
Best Family: ADGE Apartment Hotel
Ideally located in the bustling suburb of Surrey Hills, the ADGE is just a short walk from Sydney CBD and the many attractions in the area. Close to Central Station, you and your family will be well placed to explore the rest of Sydney and even further afield. The suites are decorated in a fun, playful and bright style that kids will love. From the stripey rainbow carpets in the rooms to the graffiti walls in the lobby, this is a unique and whimsical property.
The whole family can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hotel’s own restaurant, Baccomatto Osteria. Breakfast is not included in your room rate, so families may benefit from picking up some supplies locally and making their own breakfast in their suite’s kitchenette. You can even pre-order this service from the concierge. Full laundry services are provided in every suite, which is very handy when traveling with children. Guests are provided with a smartphone that provides them with unlimited local and international calls, free Internet access, as well as important hotel information.
Best Romance: Park Hyatt Sydney
Nestled in the historic Rocks area, this luxury hotel is situated picturesquely right on the harbor and has some of the best close-up views of the Sydney Opera House. The 155 spacious guestrooms are classically decorated with creams and taupes to create a soothing canvas to showcase the many works of art on display from prominent Australian creators. Expect in-room Bose music systems, free Wi-Fi and Nespresso coffee makers. Book a romantic candlelit dinner in The Dining Room with stunning views over the harbor. The on-site spa offers a couples' experience, including massages, a fruit platter, champagne and a romance bath package to take home as a souvenir from your special trip.
Best Luxury: The Darling
Rooms here feature wall murals, bespoke furniture, spacious surroundings, a pillow menu and rain showers in the luxury marble bathrooms. The floor-to-ceiling windows give panoramic views of Pyrmont, where you can walk down to the Sydney fish market and dine at one of the many top-notch restaurants before trying your luck at the casino. The on-site spa is a haven to relax and unwind with 11 treatment rooms and a Moroccan Hammam chamber. There are six restaurants and bars in the hotel, all offering their own unique culinary specialties, including Japanese delicacies from Sokyo (try the salmon belly aburi and a Genmai Cha Japanese green tea).
Best Nightlife/Best for Singles: Establishment Hotel
This gorgeous boutique hotel features 31 roomy accommodations filled with rich furnishings and included use of an iPad 2, Wi-Fi and Apple TV. Just a short walk to the opera house and harbor, this hotel is in the heart of the action and close to nightlife, restaurants, bars and live music venues. Although the hotel doesn't have its own restaurant, there are a huge array of independent eateries and nightspots to choose from nearby. The hotel is also just a four-minute walk from the iconic Pool club where Ministry of Sound DJ’s regularly spin. Breakfast is served in the Establishment garden courtyard for an additional fee.
Best Business: 28 Hotel
Located right across the street from Central Station Sydney, the 28 Hotel is a convenient base for business people with dealings in Sydney. The hotel prides itself on only offering essential amenities and skipping on those fluff items like chocolates on the pillow that corporate guests find unnecessary. Although rooms are simple, they are clean, comfortable and do feature extras such as luxury rain showers, free Wi-Fi and Nespresso machines. Enjoy using the 24/7 gym after a hard day of work and kick back with the in-room iPads. Then check out any of the nearby restaurants for dinner, like Chilli & Spicy Restaurant, less than a 10-minute walk away.
Best Beach Views: Crowne Plaza Hotel Coogee Beach
Under six miles from the city center, the Crowne Plaza at Coogee beach feels a million miles away from the hubbub of downtown living. With indoor and outdoor swimming pools and ocean views, it’s easy to relax, especially if you select a room in one of their dedicated quiet zones where noise is kept to a minimum. Expect to find free Wi-Fi in the large, bright rooms that have balconies overlooking the poo. If you’re feeling more energetic, you can work out at the on-site fitness center, which has a rowing machine, treadmill and free weights. Dine at the hotel's Bluesalt restaurant or head out to Coogee Beach in search of restaurants and bars.