Best boutique hotels in Sydney

Sydney’s edgiest, quirkiest, most eye-catching hotels.

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You could book yourself into a stock-standard hotel. Then you could book yourself into a room that's truly unique. Think iPads in rooms, hotel-wide art and award-winning cocktail bars.

Then think themes. Fashion, design, history and even astrology inform the offerings at some of Sydney’s top boutique hotels.

Here are some of the best and what make them so unique:

The Ultimo hotel room

1. The Ultimo - by 8Hotel Boutique Hotel Co.

In the centre of Sydney's Business District, this boutique hotel claims to be the world's first astrology hotel. Its staff can recommend the best places to eat and explore, based on your star sign.

  • Star rating: 4-star
  • Features: Newly-refurbished rooms, free Wi-Fi and an additional animal-friendly room options.
  • Why we love it: It's only a 10-minute walk from Darling Harbour including Sydney's well-known attractions.

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Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour hotel room

2. Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour

Historical on the outside, new-age on the inside, this hotel is crammed with modern art. Its rooms range from the snug Shoebox to the roomy Shaken and Stirred suites.

  • Star rating: 5-star
  • Features: Restaurant and bar on premises, free Wi-Fi, free in-room snacks and 24-hour gym.
  • Why we love it: Guests get to have an historical experience on their stay when visiting the Australian National Maritime Museum nearby.

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The Kirketon Hotel room

3. The Kirketon Hotel

With its bachelor pad design, The Kirketon Hotel is haloed by the bars, restaurants and independent shops of Darlinghurst.

  • Star rating: 4-star
  • Features: Free Wi-Fi, cocktail bar restaurant, a mini bar and coffee-making facilities.
  • Why we love it: The Kirketon Hotel is 20 minutes drive away from Sydney Airport which makes it a perfect go-to place for rest. It's also a 5-minute walk from Oxford Street.

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The Russell Hotel room

4. The Russell Hotel

This character hotel with its antique-shop charm is located in The Rocks and has a timeline that can traced back to the 18th century.

  • Star rating: 4-star
  • Features: A rooftop terrace, free Wi-Fi and a bar.
  • Why we love it: It offers comfortable accommodation with wake-up service. It also has a public parking nearby along with restaurants, nightlife and cafes.

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Larmont Sydney by Lancemore hotel room

5. Larmont Sydney by Lancemore

Larmont Sydney by Lancemore is located in Sydney's bohemian Potts Point borough. Some of its rooms serve up views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

  • Star rating: 4-star
  • Features: 24-hour gym, yoga classes, secure on-site parking, mini-bar and pet-friendly rooms.
  • Why we love it: Guests can enjoy luxury linen and a mini bar in air conditioned rooms. For outside activities, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Domain and Oxford Street are nearby the area.

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Ovolo Woolloomooloo lobby

6. Ovolo Woolloomooloo

The Ovolo Woolloomooloo is trussed up inside a heritage-listed wharf building, but its interior is totally 21st century. Expect in-room iPads and edgy in-room art.

  • Star rating: 5-star
  • Features: Ultraroo suite with own cocktail bar, restaurant, 24-hour indoor pool and gym.
  • Why we love it: For first-time tourists in Australia, the hotel is just a 25-minute walk to the iconic Opera House. Other Sydney's nearby popular tourist spots include Kings Cross, The Domain and St Mary's Cathedral.

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QT Sydney facade

7. QT Sydney

As you might expect from a hotel built inside a converted state theatre, there's a sense of theatrics to the QT Sydney. Expect video art in the elevators and period costumes in the cafe.

  • Star rating: 5-star
  • Features: Free Wi-Fi, day spa, massage treatments, bar and grill.
  • Why we love it: For travellers who like adventures, Sydney Tower Eye is just a 2-minute walk from the hotel. Other nearby attractions include Hyde Park and St Mary's Cathedral.

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