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10 of Sydney’s Best Hotels with a View

Let’s face it, Sydney’s a bit of a show-off. With that glittering harbour, those beautiful beaches, and a skyline dotted with icons like the Opera House, it truly is a pretty city. If you’re planning a staycation, soak up the glitz, glamour and picture-perfect vistas with a stay at one of these hotels – they have the best views in town.

Hotel Palisade

Location, location, location. Sitting beneath the Harbour Bridge, Hotel Palisade has panoramic views of the water and city skyline. There are just nine rooms, so every guest is treated to a postcard-worthy wakeup. If they’re booked out, never fear – you can soak up those same views from the hotel’s chic cocktail bar, Henry Deane. Our advice? Time your visit with sunset.

35 Bettington Street, Millers Point

Park Hyatt

It doesn’t get more waterfront than the Park Hyatt in The Rocks. Sitting at the base of the Bridge, the sleek, low-rise hotel has dress-circle views of the harbour and Opera House. The hotel capitalises on its haute harbour views, with a luxe rooftop deck as well as rooms and restaurants with floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the famous sails.

7 Hickson Road, The Rocks

InterContinental Double Bay

In the east, the InterContinental has serious bragging rights. After its $20 million refurbishment, the hotel is a hotspot, with gorgeous marble interiors, a gin bar, and its main calling card: a rooftop pool. It overlooks the big blue and the boats bobbing in the harbour. Just add a frose and you’ve got yourself a perfect night!

33 Cross Street, Double Bay

QT Bondi

Steps away from Australia’s most famous stretch of sand, the QT is the definition of coastal-cool. Like its sister properties, the design-focused hotel has a theme. In the city, it’s theatre; here, it’s barefoot luxury. The gelato-coloured interiors and neon-lit palm trees set the scene, but the real hero is the view, which overlooks Bondi in all its glory.

6 Beach Road, Bondi

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

To see the harbour from the other side, treat yourself to a stay at Watsons Bay. A short stroll from the ferry terminal, the boutique hotel is quintessentially Sydney. Its spacious, coastal-chic rooms boast million-dollar views of the harbour, and downstairs, the nautical-themed Beach Club is the ultimate sundowner spot.

1 Military Road, Watsons Bay

Ovolo Woolloomooloo

In a prime position on the Finger Wharf, the Ovolo is achingly hip. While the sparkling harbourfront views are enough to convince you to click ‘book now,’ the heritage-listed building is a millennial’s dream. Think modern rooms, high-end design and tech, and a fairy-lit lobby lounge with a bar, restaurant and games room.

6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo

Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

On the cobblestoned streets of The Rocks, the Shangri-La has jaw-dropping views of the skyline and harbour. If you can peel yourself away from your swanky room, sip on mimosas at Altitude’s bottomless brunch. Perched on the 36th floor, the restaurant has a bird’s eye view, and will make you fall even more in love with the city.

176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks


Nestled in the rugged bushland of Sydney Harbour National Park, Q Station is perfect for history buffs and nature lovers alike. If the walls could talk, they’d tell stories from the former Quarantine Station, which houses the hotel today. Harbour views are visible from just about everywhere on the unique property, and there’s a trail that leads right to the beach.

1 North Head Scenic Drive, Manly


To escape the city without going too far, book a stay at Jonah’s. Located on pristine, peaceful Palm Beach, the boutique hotel has stunning views of the ocean at every turn. The hatted restaurant is famous for its seafood and decadent degustation menu – which tastes even better when you know you can pop upstairs for a siesta afterwards!

69 Bynya Road, Palm Beach

Sofitel Darling Harbour

Introducing the city’s newest luxury hotel: Sofitel Darling Harbour. Designer décor and flashy amenities aside, the hotel has front-row seats to the waterfront precinct. Sydney looks more glorious than ever from the floor-to-ceiling windows. If you’re keen to splurge, book a suite or luxury room – that way, you can watch the Friday fireworks show from the bath.  

12 Darling Drive, Sydney


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