Forget long-haul flights – when you’re ready for a holiday, opt in to experience the ultimate in relaxation…the Sydney staycation. From restaurants and bars to health clubs and spas, these hotels have everything you need under one roof.
Harbour front views aside, the Ovolo has a playfulness that has caught the attention of travelers who love to mix things up. The fairy-lit Lo Lounge takes centre stage with its all in one bar, restaurant, game room and lobby. If you’re in need of in-room relaxation, then the Apple TV and free mini bar will keep you content.
6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo
With city views and 91 cosy rooms ready to book, Ibis King Street Wharf provides the perfect accommodation for a weekend staycation. The modern guest rooms have all the creature comforts of home and when you're ready to explore the city, dining and entertainment precincts Barangaroo and Darling Harbour are right on your doorstep.
King Street Wharf, 22 Shelley Street, Sydney
Although not in Sydney’s CBD, we couldn’t leave this one off the list. Heading a little East, the InterContinental Double Bay is as classy as it glam. The rooftop pool is the place to set yourself up for the day. And when the sun sets, head straight to Stockroom. It’s a dining experience not to be missed, neither is the Stillery Bar (gin martini’s all the way).
33 Cross Street, Double Bay
Centrally located in downtown CBD, Ibis Sydney World Square is close to the action. With Chinatown, Town Hall, QVB, the Capitol Theatre and Paddy's Market all in easy walking distance, you can't book a better-situated stay. The hotel itself has contemporary, well-appointed rooms, plus some of the city’s best restaurants and bars close by. There are 166 guest rooms on offer, all with city views.
382 -384 Pitt Street, Sydney
Exuding sophistication and elegance at every turn, The Langham is every little bit luxurious. Sitting back from the main hustle and bustle of The Rocks, this is the place to relax, renew and rejuvenate. Treat yourself at The Day Spa by Chuan. But before retiring to your room for the night, make sure you wine and dine at French restaurant Bistro Remy.
89-113 Kent Street, The Rocks
This hotel has been turning heads, and fall for the right reasons. The art deco meets modern interiors is a feast for the eyes, and the delicious paddock to plate inspired cuisine at The Wilmot has foodies lining up. Level Seven at the Primus is Sydney’s newest rooftop bar and people are loving it. Especially with a cocktail in hand.
339 Pitt Street, Sydney
Overlooking Sydney Harbour and only steps away from the Opera House and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Pullman Quay Grand draws on Sydney’s finest. Once you have chosen between waterfront and garden views, make your way to Hacienda, one of Sydney’s hottest cocktail bars that complete with killer harbour views. Round out the night with dinner at the elegant Q Dining.
61 Macquarie Street, Sydney
This is the place to be if you want to mingle with Sydney’s movers and shakers. Taking up residence inside two heritage-listed buildings, The Old Clare exudes character – be it within the 62 luxurious rooms, the gym, library, three restaurants (including chef-hatted Automata) or its main calling card: the rooftop pool and bar. Trust us, you’ll never want to leave.
1 Kensington Street, Chippendale
A firm favourite on Sydney’s hotel scene and for good reason. When you can pull yourself away from the view in your room, CHI, The Spa is the go-to for some serious relaxation. To keep the good vibes going you need look no further than Altitude Restaurant for some fine fare, and Blu Bar on 36 for award-winning cocktails and jaw-dropping views of the city and harbour.
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks
Within walking distance to one of Sydney’s top shopping destinations, the Hilton is all about convenience…and not just for location. They have their own in-house Alysium Day Spa, plus the renowned Luke Mangan restaurant, Glass Brasserie. And if you feel like cocktails and dancing you can have your pick of the heritage-listed Marble Bar or outdoor Zeta Bar. #winning.
488 George Street, Sydney
Laying claim to some of Sydney’s most highly prized real estate, the Park Hyatt is as luxurious as they come. Whether you choose to relax by the rooftop pool or eat-in at their fine dining restaurant – The Dining Room, either way, the views are impressive. Then there is The Bar, with a cocktail list that will have you hooked the night through.
7 Hickson Road, The Rocks
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