The Best Hotels in Sydney

Whether you're vacationing or staycationing, this lineup of the top hotels in Sydney will help you live your best life — fine restaurants, premium spas and unbeatable views across the city await.
Andrew Zuccala
September 25, 2023

The Best Hotels in Sydney

Whether you're vacationing or staycationing, this lineup of the top hotels in Sydney will help you live your best life — fine restaurants, premium spas and unbeatable views across the city await.

One of the top ways to treat yourself is to check into one of the best hotels in Sydney for a few nights. At these joints, you get a little bit of everything (or even a whole lot of everything). You get fresh plush sheets (this may seem basic, but we all know how good this feels), room service that you can eat in bed, pampering packages at award-winning spas, pools with epic views and just about anything else your luxurious self desires.

And Sydney is packed with five-star hotels and brilliant boutique stays that will help you live your best life. So check out our guide to the best hotels in Sydney, perfect for those after a luxury staycation or out-of-town visitors in need of a base for exploring the city.


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    A large suite at The Old Clare Hotel - one of the best hotels in Sydney.

    Since its highly anticipated re-opening back in 2015, Chippendale’s Old Clare Hotel has held a firm place as one of the best hotels in Sydney. Reborn from the (metaphorical) ashes of the historic (and dearly beloved) Clare Hotel, and adjoining Carlton United Brewery Administrative Building, the city stay boasts heritage timber panelling and exposed brick walls, furnished with pendant lighting and vintage furniture.

    You can aso bring your pooch along thanks to several dog-friendly suites. Other hotel amenities include a rooftop pool and bar, private gym and in-room massage services. Guests can also take advantage of custom-made bicycles to explore the surrounding neighbourhood. At night, simply relax at The Clare Bar or the newly opened Longshore — one of Sydney’s best seafood restaurants..

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    Th swimming pool at The Langham Sydney - one of the best hotels in Sydney.

    Just a ten-minute walk from Circular Quay and The Rocks, The Langham is the epitome of indulgence. With 96 rooms on offer, demand for even just one night at this Sydney institution is high all year round. And with facilities like its fitness centre, sauna, day spa and spectacular indoor pool with a star-dappled sky ceiling, you’ll find it hard to tear yourself away from the Sydney hotel to explore the amazing surrounding areas.

    Within the suites, expect plush furniture, high ceilings and large windows overlooking the western side of the harbour. Bed and breakfast specials are also on offer, as is a ‘pampered pets program’ — making it one of Sydney’s few pet-friendly accommodation options at the luxury level. We are also very big fans of The Langham’s traditional afternoon tea. Enjoy a bespoke version of this beloved British tradition, elevated with classic Wedgwood teaware and The Langham Sydney’s champagne of choice, Laurent-Perrier.

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    One of the rooms at Paramount House Hotel - one of the best hotels in Sydney.

    When Paramount House Hotel was first announced back in August 2017, the hotel promised it wouldn’t be your standard luxury Sydney hotel but rather an experience that would embed patrons into the culture of the city’s inner-city suburb of Surry Hills. And when it opened in 2018, it delivered on that guarantee.

    You’ll never have a dull moment at Paramount (unless you actively want one) as the building offers up a rooftop gym, gorgeous independent cinema and one of Sydney’s best cafes — plus, depending on when you book your stay, you’re likely to find a dance partyart exhibition or a film retrospective awaiting your attendance. Set in an old 40s warehouse, the 29-room hotel features soaring ceilings with exposed brickwork, luxury copper finishes, Jardan sofas and a one-of-a-kind vending machine. It’s the vibe and history of the surrounding community and the exemplary staff and service that also make Paramount House one of the best hotels in Sydney.

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    Views from one of the luxury rooms at Shangri-La Sydney - one of the best hotels in Sydney.

    The views from Shangri-La Sydney look as if they have been plucked right out of a Tourism Australia ad. Look to the left and you’ll see the Harbour Bridge up and close. Roll over in bed and look to your right and you’ve got the Opera House just sitting there looking right back at you. It’s pinch-yourself stunning.

    And everything you get is centred around those panoramic harbour views. Each of the 564 rooms gets a different angle of the harbour. The restaurant and bar, up on level 36, are also made for gawking out at the surrounding Sydney landmarks. As you’d expect from a five-star hotel, the Shangri-La also has its own opulent spa facility. Relax here before heading to the gym, indoor swimming pool, hot whirlpool bath or sundeck. Deep dive into that self-care life. We could think of worse places to rest your head for a few nights.

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    One of the world’s most stylish hotel chains finally opened its doors Down Under in 2022. Ace Hotel has built itself up a cult following since opening in 1999, with the boutique chain going for a luxe-vintage vibe — and now, it boasts a sleek-as-hell 18-storey outpost in Surry Hills.

    Apart from the 257 rooms (some that are pet-friendly), there are heaps of spaces to hang out in. Once you make your way past reception, you’ll stumble upon the fun, laidback lobby cocktail bar that’s regularly offering up DJ sets, artistic residencies and absolutely killer negronis. There are also two restaurants — the ground-floor neighbourhood diner Loam and Kiln, a rooftop restaurant and bar by Mitch Orr. They’re joined by the final piece of the Ace Hotel’s culinary puzzle, laneway cafe and bar Good Chemistry. Either spend the night at one of Sydney’s best hotels or just drop by for drinks and dinner.

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    Wildlife Retreat at Taronga Zoo Sydney - one of the best hotels in Sydney

    Taronga Zoo has taken the plunge into Sydney’s competitive luxury accommodation market with its epic 62-room Wildlife Retreat. This complex of modern, timber-clad lodges encircling a private bushland garden full of native fauna combines sustainable design with high-end amenities. Thanks to these guys, you don’t have to go far to see nature in all its glory.

    Carved into the natural landscape of the zoo, each room allows you to overlook both the bushland and the Sydney Harbour. The location is unrivalled. Just open your door to see koalas in nearby trees, wombats wandering by and platypuses swimming in nearby streams. It’s uniquely Australian. The Wildlife Retreat at Taronga includes a range of experiences and inclusions, from a two-day entry into the Zoo, complimentary car parking, meals at an award-winning restaurant and a guided tour of The Sanctuary.

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    Rooftop pool at William Inglis Hotel - one of the best hotels in Sydney.

    Named after Australia’s renowned thoroughbred company, William Inglis and Sons, the Western Sydney hotel is a sure thing if you’re after a mini Sydney staycation. The William Inglis Hotel’s centrepiece is its rooftop bar, which offers a spot to relax by the pool with a drink — and to soak in the stunning panoramic views of the surrounding Warwick Farm.

    Once you’ve built up an appetite, head downstairs to the Newmarket Room, the hotel’s luxe dining room overlooking the gardens and riverside horse stables. It serves up everything you want on a carefree staycation, from oysters to prawn linguine and NSW Riverina black angus steak. Whisky fans will also be at home here — the mezzanine’s 1867 Lounge serves high-end cocktails and boutique wines. But that ain’t all. The Sydney hotel also houses a luxury spa facility, gym and workout spaces and rooms for holding meetings and conferences. They’ve got it all under one roof(top pool).

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    Crystalbrook Albion

    Crystalbrook Albion is a luxurious operation in the heart of Surry Hills. It was launched back in July 2018 by 8Hotels, but has since been acquired by the Crystalbrook Collection hotel group. With 24-hour service and brekkie included, this guest house is pitched as a fusion of hotel and home.

    Here, at one of the best hotels in Sydney, you’ll get to lounge around in designer interiors decked out with a covetable art collection — and in a rooftop garden complete with an outdoor shower and panoramic city views. There’s also an honour system bar, where guests can help themselves to high-end nibbles and drinks. When it comes to the food and drinks, both at the breakfast table and in the mini bar, working with local businesses such as Brix DistilleryInfinity Bakery and Poho Flowers is of major importance.

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    Sofitel SPA Darling Harbour - one of the best spas and hotels in Sydney

    This 590-room five-star haven was Sydney’s very first luxury hotel built in the CBD. And it has never fallen behind the pack, constantly setting the standard for all new hotels in the area. It is a true Sydney institution — for overnight stays, pampering and dining. First off, the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour rooms are just stupid glamorous. Spread over 35 floors in Darling Harbour’s tallest building, guests enjoy all the latest tech and contemporary design with chic French touches.

    The rooms are classically designed, but they never feel old or outdated — much of this is thanks to the constant updates going on here. If you’re not trying out its new luxury spa facilities, be sure to at least take a dip in the infinity pool overlooking the harbour. Food and drink wise, you’ll be sorted too. Visit the French-inspired grill combining French flavours with locally sourced produce at Atelier, order a poolside cocktail at Le Rivage Pool Bar, take in the sunset at award-winning Champagne Bar or grab a coffee & croissant at the Esprit Noir Lobby Bar on Sundays. It’s clear why Sofitel Sydney continues to be one of the very best hotels in Sydney.

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    Kimpton Margot Sydney

    Kimpton Margot Sydney may have only opened in 2022, but the Sydney hotel has some real old-world energy about it. Stacks of heritage-listed art deco architectural features have been paired with some contemporary Aussie style. The art deco vibe flows through to each of the 172 spacious rooms and suites, as well as the four restaurants and bars. Out of these drinking and dining spaces, Luke’s Kitchen is the centrepiece — helmed by chef Luke Mangan.

    You can’t stay at Kimpton Margot Sydney without taking a dip in the sun-drenched rooftop pool overlooking the city — especially come summer in Sydney. It’s a proper concrete oasis, decked out with lounge chairs and couches, surrounded by city towers. All these luxury offerings are also paired with a heap of complementary amenities. Grab a free bike for the day, do some yoga in your room with all the gear and online tutorials provided, and even bring your dog — at no extra charge.

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    The colourful bar at Citadines Hotel by Sydney irport - one of the best hotels in Sydney.

    Airport accommodations are normally pretty drab, but the lively 150-room Citadines Connect (formerly the Felix Hotel) is bucking this trend with a truly first-class stay. Inspired by the golden age of air travel in the 60s — that is, before budget airlines made you pay for water and trackies became the norm— the seamless experience starts from the get-go, with guests heading straight to the top-level penthouse to check-in.

    Expect bright pops of pastel colours alongside smooth woods and polished metal finishes. it does a pretty good job of blending modern chic and retro cool design features. From here, overlooking the airport runway, guests can enjoy the rooftop cinema, dining area, heated outdoor terrace and colourful cocktail bar — the latter of which will undoubtedly be a departure from the usual monotonous airport watering holes.

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    Luxury suite at QT Sydney - one of the best hotels in Sydney.

    Every one of QT Sydney’s guest suites have been carefully crafted to reflect and honour the historic Gowings and State Theatre buildings in which it resides. QT’s exterior sports a striking blend of gothic, art deco, and Italianate-influenced architecture — and inside, the luxurious rooms carry through that art deco-meets-gothic aesthetic to quite a striking degree.

    Plus, thanks to its location right in the centre of the CBD — and alongside one of the city’s most famous theatres — the luxury Sydney hotel is a great pick for out-of-towners, while locals can often be found making the best of its various bars, bistros and restaurants. Want to stay a little closer to the beach? Hop over to the QT Bondi for a coastal escape.

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Top image: Ace Hotel Sydney

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