These days, it’s not enough for a hotel, resort or Airbnb to be comfortable or stylish – it has to be Instagram gold. But what gives accommodation the X factor? In some cases, it’s a quirky design, or décor that takes luxury to a whole new level that racks up the likes. Other Instagrammable digs come down to location, location, location; whether it’s an out-of-the-box spot, or a view that quite literally makes your jaw drop.
For a picture-perfect getaway, check out the most Insta-worthy accommodation in and around Sydney.
Archer House, Whale Beach
1880s Church on the Colo River, Lower Portland
Hotel Palisade, Millers Point. Photo Credit - Nikki To
Archer House, Whale Beach
Archer House, Whale Beach
Paramount House Hotel, Surry Hills. Photo Credit - Tom Ross
Primus Hotel, Sydney
The Old Clare, Chippendale
On the fringe of the Colo River in the Hawkesbury, this converted church is less rustic, more rust-chic. It sleeps up to five people, and its garden has fruit trees and a veggie patch, so you can wake up to fresh produce. The church alone is Insta-worthy, and we suspect a photo of you cycling along the river would also attract ‘likes’…
Wheelbarrow Ridge Road, Lower Portland
Top tip: The Shed at Broger’s End also delivers on old-school charm. In the heart of Kangaroo Valley, the converted farm shed is a beautiful rural retreat, complete with an eclectic mix of furnishings and homewares.
Primely positioned in the historic Cowper Wharf in Woolloomooloo, this boutique hotel has everything that you would expect from the Ovolo brand. When you can pull yourself away from the harbour view, head inside, because at every turn you will be pulling out your phone to snap the vibrant colours, intriguing art and structural design of the building. And let’s not forget the arty bedheads!
6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo
In one of Sydney’s trendiest neighbourhoods, the Paramount House Hotel has masterfully worked the historic building’s exposed brick and structural wooden beams into its casual, yet ultra-cool design. The textured and layered interiors are brought to life with lush greenery, and if you’re looking to splurge, book the Mack Daddy Room. Complete the album with snaps from The Golden Age Cinema and Paramount Coffee Project.
80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
Escape the city and go to Whale Beach, where you’ll find The Archer House. The waterfront stunner is a social media star that’s won a slew of awards for its minimalist glass, steel and concrete design. The home flows over two levels, and the top floor is an entertainer’s haven, with a courtyard, kitchen, dining and living room, and a balcony overlooking the ocean.
Sitting beneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Hotel Palisade already had the ‘wow’ factor – and that was before celebrity stylist Sibella Court got her hands on it. The rooms are as beautiful as they are memorable, with linen upholstered bedheads, marble bathrooms, seascape murals and soft, nautical colours. Then there’s the chic cocktail lounge, Henry Deane – you might have to make this an Instagram album!
35 Bettington Street, Millers Point
Top tip: For a quirky city stay, look into QT Sydney. There’s something sumptuous to snap at every turn: think velvet throws, tear drop-shaped baths, glittery gold accents, and dolled-up ‘Directors of Chaos’ (aka staff members).
The Rocks has some pretty impressive accommodation offerings, but none other are quite like The Langham. From the iconic pink London taxi to the expansive views of Sydney Harbour to its plush, bespoke interiors, this hotel is seriously luxe. For those among us that love snapping their food, book a table at the High Tea or indulge in a dining experience at Bistro Remy, it will no doubt create #instaenvy.
89-113 Kent Street, Sydney
Pitt Street is home to one of Sydney’s most glamourous hotels, thanks in part to its 1930s art deco features. The Primus Hotel has put some serious wow factor into this heritage gem, from lavish interiors that are simply jaw-dropping to the New York inspired rooftop pool and bar, Level 7 – the cocktails alone are worth an insta-album. Then there is The Wilmot Restaurant which will keep you insta-snappy.
339 Pitt Street, Sydney
With the West Hotel moving into Sydney’s newest business district, there is no denying that Barangaroo’s game just went up a few notches. The West Hotel’s bold and sophisticated interiors are head turners alone (ask for a room on the upper floor for views of the Barangaroo precinct), and the Solander Dining and Bar area is set within a lush atrium garden with insta-worthy cocktails and dishes.
65 Sussex Street, Sydney
Chippendale is heaving with hip, Instagrammable spots, and The Old Clare tops the list. Sitting inside two heritage-listed buildings, the boutique hotel is as photogenic as it gets, with 62 luxe rooms, a library, and three restaurants, including Automata (the foodie shots alone will make your followers green with envy). But for the ultimate snap, head to the rooftop pool for sunrise yoga.
1 Kensington Street, Chippendale
Sydney can claim the world’s first ‘Instagram hotel’. Designed with social media-savvy travellers in mind, the hotel occupies a 19th century warehouse in Pyrmont, and is a permanent photo op thanks to its wooden beams, exposed brick walls, and five-storey atrium. It also has a ‘selfie space’, and the rooms are decked out in street art-inspired décor.
139 Murray Street, Pyrmont