If you've never been to Sydney, it can be a little confusing at first to know what's what. Contrary to popular belief, the heart of Sydney isn't next to the beach. If you want to be right in the thick of things, you'll want to stay either in the city (CBD), The Rocks, Circular Quay or Walsh Bay.
If you've got the beach on the brain, then venture out to either Bondi or Manly. Bondi is about a forty minute trip to the big tourist destinations, while Manly is a thirty minute ferry ride away.
A few things to consider before you book:
Do you want harbour views? Or do you want the city at your doorstep?
Is fitness and health important to you?
Or would you prefer somewhere with a top quality bar?
While any of these hotels would provide a great stay, they all have their strengths and weaknesses to consider.
That being said, Sydney might be a sprawling city, but all these hotels are within walking distance of one another. The harbour, the bridge, the bars and the dining – they're never too far away.
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Our top hotels to stay at when you visit Sydney
Westin Sydney from Finder Hotels
The grand hotel is housed in the old General Post Office building in the heart of Sydney's CBD. It's one of those grandiose buildings that'll take your breath away, even before you enter the light-flooded art deco atrium.
Situated right on the water at Woolloomooloo Wharf, it’s got that cool, urban edge to it with touches of exposed corrugated iron and stainless steel without sacrificing comfort. Minimal, sleek, oh-so-very New York.
Restaurant & Bar
Indoor pool and outdoor sundeck overlooking the marina and Royal Botanic Gardens
Smack bang in the centre of Sydney, the QT Hotel fuses a modern, eclectic design with historic Gothic architecture. In fact, it's picked up a few awards for its quirky design (and a few more awards and inclusions in right lists). It might be edgier than your average five star luxury, but the comfort factor is still well and truly there.
The Park Hyatt might win all the awards for the best pool in Sydney, and that’s before you even get to the rest of the hotel. Thanks to some prime real estate in the heart of the historic Rocks area, all of the luxury rooms have views of Sydney Harbour.
Rooftop deck with pool, spa, sun lounges and Sydney Harbour views
Situated right on the harbour in The Rocks and steps from Circular Quay and Sydney Ferries
If you’re looking for the hotel in the heart of city, you’ve come to the right place. The Hilton can be found directly across the road from Sydney’s premium shopping destination the Queen Victoria Building (or as the locals say, the QVB).
Indulgent dining options like Marble Bar and Glass Brasserie
25-metre indoor swimming pool
Range of room types including suites and executive rooms ideal for work trips
This hotel in the centre of the CBD was originally built for the Sydney Olympics back in 2000. A decade and a half later and it’s still one of the best choices to stay in Sydney – and it’s not hard to see why.
Heated rooftop pool with attached gym and spa
Restaurant, bar and room service available
The rooftop here is home to beehives making fresh honey (away form the pool area!)
It's a stylishly modern hotel with a boutique feel – if you can count 189 rooms as 'boutique'. The whole place is fitted out in those warm greys, textured woods, and white walls that always seem to feature in those style magazines.
Located on a pier with stellar views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Luna Park
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