cheap-sydney-feature

How to find cheap luxury accommodation in Sydney

Information verified correct on December 4th, 2016

Secure the best price in Sydney without having to sacrifice on luxury.

Sydney is a world favourite destination for both Australians and citizens of the world - and with its sweeping harbour views and sandy beaches, it’s little wonder why. Planning a trip Down Under would not be complete without a hop and a skip over to the largest city in the country. If this is the case, you'll want some luxurious accommodation to accompany your travel plans.

Herein lies the conundrum:

You want to stay in the Sydney CBD but don’t want to overpay for your stay. While adventurous types can search for cheap stays via homestay sites like Roomorama you might be the kind to prefer a nice, plush hotel room to retire to after a long day out exploring the city.

Which doesn’t always come cheap. But if you play your cards right with booking websites, you can nab a room for a steal and leave feeling pretty happy that you’ve some extra dollars in your pocket to forward onto souvenirs from your stay.


10 best booking websites for cheap stays

From travel bookers to just hotel bookers, these guys are your first point of reference when searching for the place to stay at the price you want to pay.

finder-logo-360-120

finder.com.au compares the top travel sites for the best deals on hotel accommodation worldwide. Browse by destination and by date to see what rooms are available at the best price.

Wotif-Logo

Wotif is an Australian hotel booking site that draws the hottest deals and specials on the interweb into the palm of your hand. (Not literally, but you know what we mean.)

hotels-com-coupons

A dedicated hotels website with over half a million hotels in 68 countries in its directory, Hotels.com  has a Price Match Guarantee that promises to match any competitor’s price for the same hotel, dates and room. They guarantee this up until the day you check in.

trivago logo

Trivago isn’t a booking agent. Rather it scours the agents for their prices to tell you which is the best price out there for the hotel and room you’re looking at. Sites it compares include Expedia, Helloworld, otel.com, booking.com, elvoline.com, hotels.com, venere and more.

booking-com-featured

The booking.yeah (a.k.a. booking.com) has a library of over 680,000 properties worldwide. It allows you to book and manage your stay online and doesn’t charge you any booking fees. For the most part, they won’t even ask you for a deposit on your stay (just a credit card for verification purposes).

accor-logo

Although limited to the Accor family, it’s still a large and luxurious one that includes brands like Sofitel, Mercure, Novotel, ibis and Sebel. By going through the brand and not an agent, you might even score special offers and deals not advertised anywhere else.

lastminutecomau-large

Home of last-minute deals on unsold rooms. This is not one for the super-organised traveller. Those who don't mind leaving things 'till late can benefit from lastminute.com.au as it lets you score a deal by booking your room at the very last.

expedia-logo

A booking site that needs no introduction, Expedia is world known for capturing and comparing the best prices across all your travel needs. This, naturally, includes hotels and other forms of accommodation worldwide.

helloworld-logo

This online travel agency will also take care of all your travel needs - from flights to accommodation, it’ll search out the best deals available. Helloworld also has a best Hotel Price Promise, which means if you find a competitor’s price for the same room and dates within 24 hours of booking with them, Helloworld will match AND better it.

webjet-featured

Similar to Expedia, this one needs no introduction. Webjet is Australia and New Zealand’s leading online travel agency that’s determined to help travellers compare flights and hotels for the best price available.

onetravel-featured

Sort by deals, destination or theme (beach, casino, last minute) with OneTravel to determine what the best well, deal, that is out there for you.


Which hotel website will offer me the cheapest rate?

The answer is never simple. Do you research and compare them yourself, or use a comparison booking site like hotels.finder.com.au to help find that cheap room.

To give you a better idea of how much prices can fluctuate between hotel booking sites, we’ve looked at some of the top hotels in Sydney to give you an idea.

All prices quoted are for a 2 night weekend stay (21-23 October 2016) for a one bedroom, two person stay. Prices were obtained late August 2016.


1. Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel

Syd-Harbour-Marriott-room

Address: 30 Pitt Street, Sydney CBD, Sydney, Australia
Style: Classic Luxury
Rating: 5 stars
Room: Standa" titled Room, City View
Price (if booked direct): $948
Cheapest price: $948

The Marriott has arguably the best location in Sydney, providing spectacular views of both the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Offering true five star accommodation, this recently refurbished hotel is hard to beat.

Book with hotels.fnder.com.au

Booking sitePrice for a 2-night stay (21-23 October)
finder.com.au$948
Hotels.com$948
Trivago$982
Booking.com$948
Accor HotelsN/A
Lastminute.com.au$948
Expedia$948
Helloworld$948
Webjet$948
OneTravelN/A
Wotif$948

2. Ovolo Woolloomooloo

2241284-Ovolo-Woolloomooloo-Guest-Room-12-DEF

Address: 139 Murray St, Sydney
Style: Contemporary-chic
Rating: 5
Room: Deluxe Room Double Double
Price (if booked direct): $1288
Cheapest price: $1288

This stunning contemporary hotel situated in Woolloomooloo offers an amazing ambiance delivered in a boutique atmosphere. Fully equipped with modern business facilities this accommodation matches the needs of a travelling businessman. Whether you stay here for a weekend, week or business trip, you are sure to be delighted.

Book with hotels.finder.com.au

Booking sitePrice for a 2-night stay (21-23 October)
finder.com.au$1288
Hotels.com$1288
Trivago$1288
Booking.com$1288
Accor HotelsN/A
Lastminute.com.au$1288
Expedia$1288
Helloworld$1288
Webjet$1288
OneTravelN/A
Wotif$1288

3. QT Sydney

QT_Sydney_Room_1022_Bedroom-49x-copy

Address: 49 Market Street, Sydney
Style: Classic Luxury
Rating: 5
Room: QT King
Price (if booked direct): $940
Cheapest price: $940

QT have launched in Sydney with a fun a slightly quirky hotel offering. This hotel puts a modern twist on the historic character of the transformed State Theatre and Gowings buildings. All rooms offer incredible style matched with luxurious bedding, fast internet and tranquil bathrooms.

Book with hotels.finder.com.au

Booking sitePrice for a 2-night stay (21-23 October)
finder.com.au$940
Hotels.com$940
Trivago$940
Booking.com$940
Accor HotelsN/A
Lastminute.com.au$940
Expedia$940
Helloworld$940
Webjet$940
OneTravel$971.36
Wotif$940

4. Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney

Radisson-Blu

Address: 27 O’Connnel Street, Sydney
Style: Classic Luxury
Rating: 5
Room: Premier Room
Price (if booked direct): $844.05 (advanced rate)
Cheapest price: $844

The Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel in Sydney offers historic luxury in a centrally located heritage listed building. Satisfy your hunger with Sydney’s best food at the in-house restaurant or neighbouring fine dining establishments. Benefit from the position of hotel that is within walk of Town Hall, Circular Quay and The Royal Botanic Gardens.

Book with booking.com

Booking sitePrice for a 2-night stay (21-23 October)
finder.com.au$851
Hotels.com$894
Trivago$844
Booking.com$844
Accor HotelsN/A
Lastminute.com.au$993
Expedia$993
Helloworld$993
Webjet$993
OneTravel$1003.47
Wotif$912

5. Sir Stamford at Circular Quay

SirStamford1

Address: 93 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Style: Classic Luxury
Rating: 5
Room: Superior Double Double
Price (if booked direct): $990
Cheapest price: $x

This hotel takes premium accommodation to a new level. Featuring exquisite antiques and amazing artwork, this landmark hotel is a sight in itself. Situated on Macquarie Street amongst the Royal Botanic Gardens and Circular Quay, it is one to consider seriously. To top it all off, the hotel offers a fabulous outdoor heated pool and fitness centre.

Book with hotels.com

Booking sitePrice for a 2-night stay (21-23 October)
finder.com.au$1102
Hotels.com$1018 (promo price)
Trivago$1198
Booking.com$1198
Accor HotelsN/A
Lastminute.com.au$1198
Expedia$1198
Helloworld$1130.08
Webjet$1198
OneTravel$1139.88
Wotif$1198

Verdict: The Best Websites to Find the Cheapest 5-star Accommodation in Sydney

That’s the top five in full. In some cases, many travel agents online offer the same price as each other / the hotel direct, however there are some instances where it's cheaper to go through an agent. While special deals with each (when they are available) will alter the prices, we think it’s fair to sale that the deal aggregators like hotels.finder.com.au and Trivago are your best bets when it comes to finding the cheapest price for the same hotel / room / dates.

The rest of the Top 11 have been shortened to include only the booking direct and deal aggregator sites to give you an idea of how much you can save.


The Best of the Rest

That's the top 5 taken care of, but we believe that variety is the spice of life, so we've compared the price of a couple of other 5-star luxury stays in Sydney for your convenience noting some of the more popular travel agencies and their prices and, of course, the cheapest price on the online market for your stay, too.

6. Park Hyatt Sydney

ParkHyatt

Address: 7 Hickson Road, The Rocks
Style: Classic Luxury
Rating: 5
Room: City Harbour King Room
Price (if booked direct): $2300
Cheapest price: $2300

Having just had a refurbishment and with an incredible location literally between the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, this is a popular choice for travellers. Enjoy sunbaking on the rooftop while overlooking the amazing sights of the beautiful harbour and Sydney surroundings.

Book with hotels.finder.com.au

HotelPrice for a 2-night stay (21-23 October)
finder.com.au$2300
Trivago$2300
Helloworld$2300

7. The Darling at The Star Sydney

darling-room-920x540-new

Address: 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
Style: Jewel Suite King Bed
Rating: 5
Room: Deluxe King
Price (if booked direct): $1660
Cheapest price: $

The Darling Hotel is one of the newest five star hotels in Sydney. The hotel suites have been spectacularly designed by Lawrence Lee harnessing the unrestricted views across the harbour. Pamper yourself at the Darling at the in-house spa offering a comprehensive collection of treatments.

Book with hotels.finder.com.au

HotelPrice for a 2-night stay (21-23 October)
finder.com.au$1660
Trivago$1660

8. Sheraton On The Park

Sheraton-on-the-Park

Address: 161 Elizabeth Street, Sydney
Style: Classic Luxury
Rating: 5
Room: City Side King
Price (if booked direct): $888
Cheapest price (after direct): $888

Gaze into the tranquil leafy outlook onto Hyde Park offered by Sheraton on the Park, located opposite Hyde Park. There are an impressive 557 luxurious rooms which have been further improved in 2012. On the 21st floor is the classy Executive Club and it also offers function rooms which can hold up to 1000 people!

Book with hotels.finder.com.au

HotelPrice for a 2-night stay (21-23 October)
finder.com.au$888
Trivago$888

9. The Westin Sydney

Westin_1

Address: 1 Martin Place, Sydney
Style: Classic Luxury
Rating: 5
Room: Tower Deluxe
Price (if booked direct): $940
Cheapest price: $939

Stay at the remarkable The Westin Sydney to truly experience a mixture of Sydney’s captivating past and thrilling present. Nestled into the original General Post Office, this hotel really puts you in the heart of Sydney. Walk to visit many of the top destinations for travellers in Sydney and get a deeper feel for this city.

Book with hotels.finder.com.au

HotelPrice for a 2-night stay (21-23 October)
finder.com.au$939
Trivago$940

10. Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

ShangriLa

Address: 176 Cumberland Street, Sydney
Style: Classic Luxury
Rating: 5
Room: Deluxe Darling Harbour King
Price (if booked direct): $950
Cheapest price: $908

The Shangri-La Hotel Sydney is one of the most deluxe hotels you will find. Located in The Rocks, you will love the view of the bridge and harbour on offer. In addition, you find some of the city’s finest bars and restaurants all within this hotel. Eat at the award winning Altitude Restaurant or sip on a cocktail at Bar 36 while enjoying the mesmerising views seen on level 36.

Book with Booking.com

HotelPrice for a 2-night stay (21-23 October)
finder.com.au$937
$908

11. Pullman Sydney Hyde Park, Sydney

Pullman

Address: 36 College Street, Sydney
Style: Classic Luxury
Rating: 5
Room: Superior Queen
Price (if booked direct): $934
Cheapest price: $934

The Pullman Hotel is a classic luxury stay in the heart of the city. Just off the main George Street, it overlooks Hyde Park and is within walking distance to Sydney’s shopping street, the Botanical Gardens and Sydney Tower Eye. Ideal for business trips or high-class luxury stays.

Book with hotels.finder.com.au

HotelPrice for a 2-night stay (21-23 October)
finder.com.au$934
Trivago$934

5 steps to finding the cheapest accommodation

  1. Do shop around, but don’t spend too much time on the websites: As you can see, price differences aren’t drastic between booking sites, so unless you’re a pennies to the pound kind of person, don’t sweat the small stuff.
  2. Do check out the deal aggregators: Deal aggregators like hotels.finder.com.au and Trivago are worth the peek (as you can tell from our research). Just do a quick scan and see what’s out there. Can’t hurt right?
  3. Watch out for hidden fees / conversions: These will sneak up on you - especially when using deal aggregators that pull from other countries like the US (OneTravel) or Hong Kong (Agoda). It might look cheap, but bank fees and conversion charges might push it into the more expensive area.
  4. Join a loyalty program: From what we learned, there’s no difference between a lot of the travel sites and booking direct through the hotel. If you frequent a certain chain or travel agent, it might be worth booking with them to reap the benefits of loyalty later on.
  5. Check out promos and deals: Some of the prices quoted above are lower than usual because a promo code has been applied to it. This can tip something into the “cheapest” section - our best hotel deals are below, so take a peek and make sure you use them in your comparison. Who knows how much you can save.

Best hotel deals for Sydney accommodation

Save up to 30% on Sydney hotels

Get up to 30% with these Flaming Hot Deals at Wotif. They're constantly updated, so get in quick!

Sign up for exclusive deals

Get the best deals to your inbox directly from Wotif

Up to 50% off when you subscribe

Get up to 50% off your next trip when you subscribe at Booking.com. Enjoy amazing secret deals just for their subscribers.

Stretch your stay and save up to 25%

Save up to 25% when you stretch your stay in Oz, NZ, Asia, or the Pacific at Wotif.

Save $20 on your booking

Sign up to the OneTravel newsletter and get $20 off your next booking

Get the best deals with Wotif

Find the lowest rates in Australia and New Zealand with Wotif

Car hire deals

Get deals on car hire from helloworld.com.au

Save on last-minute bookings

Find discounts on last-minute travel bookings at Expedia

Expedia.com.au - Holiday the Samoan way: Save up to 40% on hotels

Get holidays at Samoan way and save up to 40% on hotels at Expedia.

Expedia.com - Up to 60% off on Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa in Los Cabos

Save up to 60% off on Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa in Los Cabos only when you book at Expedia.com.au

Save on weekend escapes

Book a two-night weekend getaway and save

Free cancellation on most rooms

Get free cancellation on most rooms with Booking.com.

Find the best rates for your upcoming trip

Get great deals on your trip from Booking.com.

Compare thousands of travel sites and save up to 80%

Save up to 80% on travel sites at HotelsCombined.


Booked out? Search for other top Sydney accommodation here

Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

Was this content helpful to you? No  Yes

Related Posts

Ask a Question

You are about to post a question on finder.com.au

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com.au is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Disclaimer: At finder.com.au we provide factual information and general advice. Before you make any decision about a product read the Product Disclosure Statement and consider your own circumstances to decide whether it is appropriate for you.
Rates and fees mentioned in comments are correct at the time of publication.
By submitting this question you agree to the finder.com.au privacy policy, receive follow up emails related to finder.com.au and to create a user account where further replies to your questions will be sent.

Ask a question
feedback