Aerial view of Sydney Harbour.
Photo: Hamilton Lund, Destination New South Wales

Sydney's accommodation

Sydney has a huge choice of places to stay, it just comes down to where you want to stay and how much you want to spend. The choices are endless, from fabulous five star hotels or cheap and cheerful hotels and apartments.

​​My recommendation:  Stay in the city If you’re only here for a few days. It's really easy to get around the city and to the many attractions. Like most hotels around the world, breakfast is not automatically included, but if breakfast at your hotel is not essential, there are so many great cafes to have breakfast.

Hotels in the city​

You're in one of the most beautiful cities in the world so treat yourself and stay at one of Sydney's stunning five-star hotels. Just some recommendations are:
  • Hotel Intercontinental. This beautiful Sydney hotel was originally the New South Wales Treasury Building. It has everything a great hotel needs - stunning views, great location, wonderful and friendly staff, and really cool restaurants and cocktail bars. 

Park Hyatt Sydney is perched on the Harbour.
Photo: Tourism Australia
  • Sydney Hilton has fabulous restaurants, bars, spa and fitness centre, super comfortable beds and so much more. If you have the budget then book a room. You won’t be disappointed.
  • Park Hyatt Sydney is a fantasy hotel tucked in behind the Rocks and right on the Harbour. If you want a special somewhere to stay in Sydney, then go for it.
Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf
Woolloomooloo Wharf is one of the funkiest places the stay. Photo: Tourism Australia
  • Ovolo Hotel is located at Woolloomooloo Wharf (also known as Finger Wharf). This funky hotel is on the longest timbered-piled wharf in the world and has fantastic views of the Sydney CBD. The wharf also has some of Sydney's finest restaurants  Akis, China Doll, Manta, Otto-ristorante, Kingsleys, and some of Sydney's most stylish residential flats.
  • Four Seasons hotel: Smack bang on Circular Quay and with some of the best views of Sydney Harbour. In it’s hey-day, it was the hotel for visiting presidents and political dignitaries, rock-stars and celebrities.

Apartments in the city​​​​​​​​​​​

Why not choose a serviced apartment, particularly if you're in Sydney for a few days. Apartments are particularly great for travelling families and you feel like it's home away from home. Some of my favourite apartments to stay in Sydney are:

  • the stylish Mantra 2 Bond Street is near Circular Quay, and offers all types of apartments from 1 bedroom to penthouses. Enjoy panoramic views of the city from the luxurious rooftop pool and spa. 
Cockle Bay and Darling Harbour skyline


Wake up to darling Harbour and Cockle Bay.
Photo: Tourism Australia
  • the modern Meriton Suites Kent Street is located in the heart of Sydney and only a couple of minutes walk from Town Hall train station. After a long day of sight-seeing, enjoy the indoor swimming pool, fitness centre, sauna and hot tub. 
  • York By Swiss-Belhotel Apartments is right in the city centre and has everything including a gym, heated Jacuzzi and heated pool and a minute walk from Wynyard train station.​
  • ​Looking for cheap and cheerful apartments, try the Oaks on Castlereagh. It has an indoor heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi, which come in very handy after a long day of slogging it out on the pavements.
  • Another option is the Metro Apartments On Darling Harbour which boast full-length windows with panoramic city or harbour views.
  • Alternatively the Napoleon on Kent are clean, comfortable, and centrally located.

Why not book accommodation in the suburbs

Manly beach has great hotels and apartments.
Photo: Tourism Australia
Sydney has plenty of great places to stay outside the city including funky beach suburbs such as Manly, Bondi or Cronulla.  It's worth look at what's available because it's often less expensive to stay in the suburbs. If you do choose to stay in the suburbs, make sure your hotel is close to public transport.

Some great options include:

Shop around for great deals

Shop around when you're booking accommodation. You can go to your travel agent or you can get great deals and a huge choice of accommodation by booking online. An advantage of booking online is that you can see a map of where the hotel is located, and read reviews from other travellers.