The 7 Best Hotels in Sydney (Updated 2024)


The famous Sydney Opera House on the city's waterfront on a beautiful, sunny day
Posted: 03/01/2024 | March 1, 2024

Sydney is the starting point for most travelers to Australia. It is the largest city in the country (almost 20% of the entire population lives here) and offers incredible beaches, fun nightlife and many museums and galleries.

I have been visiting the city since 2007 and have always had a great time there. Sydney is beautiful and I never tire of admiring the Opera House and the Harbor Bridge. Although the city has a lot to offer, it is a bit sprawling. That’s why it’s important to choose the right accommodation.

I have stayed in countless hotels over the years. There is a lot in the city and the choice can be overwhelming. Here is my list of the best hotels in Sydney:

1. Mercantile Hotel

A large and spacious hotel room at the Mercantile Hotel in Sydney, AustraliaA large and spacious hotel room at the Mercantile Hotel in Sydney, Australia
This three-star hotel is located in the historic Rocks district, just a five-minute walk from the famous Opera House and the Harbor Bridge. What I particularly like is that it is home to Australia’s longest-running Irish pub, where you can regularly enjoy live music with your pint.

As a mid-range hotel, the rooms are simple, minimalist and practical. Although it’s not particularly artsy or unique, the rooms are large and the beds are comfortable. There is also free WiFi, air conditioning and a coffee/tea maker in every room. The bathrooms are small but well maintained and everything is in good condition. There is no breakfast, but there are many options nearby. The focus here is more on location than amenities, but you still get good value for money. It’s the best place to stay in The Rocks on a budget.

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2. Coogee Bay Boutique Hotel

A large hotel room with sea-inspired wallpaper at the Coogee Bay Hotel in Sydney, AustraliaA large hotel room with sea-inspired wallpaper at the Coogee Bay Hotel in Sydney, Australia
This airy four-star hotel is in Coogee Bay, a beachside district southeast of the city. I love that the hotel is only a two minute walk from the beach. All rooms are spacious and airy, with beachy colors and decorations. Rooms also feature flat-screen TVs, desks, coffee/tea makers, and minibars. The bathrooms are also spacious and have showers with good water pressure.

Breakfast is served at the hotel’s beach bar and grill. The hotel also features a cocktail bar and an Art Deco-style sports bar. If you have a vehicle, there is also private parking (which is rare in the city). If you want a quieter and more relaxing stay, this is the hotel for you.

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3. Crystalbrook Albion

A large and spacious hotel room with a huge bed at Crystalbrook Albion in Sydney, AustraliaA large and spacious hotel room with a huge bed at Crystalbrook Albion in Sydney, Australia
South of Surry Hills town centre, this five-star luxury hotel is housed in a beautiful heritage-listed brick building that was once a former monastery. The property is elegantly designed and inspired by the 20s and 70s. The result is versatile yet chic. I particularly like the colorful artwork in the lobby, lounge and hallways.

Each room is unique but all are light and airy with plenty of natural light. The beds are large and comfortable, and the rooms also feature flat-screen TVs, desks, coffee/tea makers, and fluffy bathrobes. Bathrooms are also spacious and bright, with large rainfall showers and boutique design elements like colorful tiled walls. There’s also a cool rooftop terrace, and breakfast every morning includes plenty of fresh pastries. In my opinion this is a beautiful, stylish hotel, perfect if you want to treat yourself.

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4. Glasgow Arms Hotel

A small but cozy hotel room at the Glasgow Arms in Sydney, AustraliaA small but cozy hotel room at the Glasgow Arms in Sydney, Australia
This hotel is above a beautiful old pub. It’s not particularly stylish and the design is a bit dated, but there’s a free continental breakfast every morning and the hotel is just a five-minute walk from Darling Harbor. It’s more of a no-frills place to stay, the pub food is excellent and the staff do their best to make you feel welcome.

Although the rooms are not particularly large, they are bright and have plenty of natural light. Each room includes a desk, flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. The bathrooms are a bit smaller but have nice showers with great water pressure. Everything is clean and comfortable, making it a good choice for travelers who value value and simplicity.

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5. The darling in the star

A huge hotel room with lots of natural light at the Darling at the Star Hotel in Sydney, AustraliaA huge hotel room with lots of natural light at the Darling at the Star Hotel in Sydney, Australia
This is a huge five-star hotel with a spa, casino and over 20 bars and restaurants. I particularly like that there is a Turkish bath, but there is also a heated outdoor pool (with its own bar). While breakfast doesn’t have many options, what’s on offer is exceptional. The hotel also has valet parking if you have a vehicle. Overall it has more of a resort feel than a regular hotel.

The rooms are large and spacious and offer lots of natural light. They have a sleek, modern design and offer lots of extras, including flat-screen TVs, minibars, desks, plush bathrobes, and Egyptian cotton sheets. The bathrooms are also bright and spacious, with marble features and huge bathtubs. If you are looking for luxury in the heart of the city, this is the hotel for you.

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6. Hotel Bondi

A large but simple hotel room at the Hotel Bondi in Sydney, AustraliaA large but simple hotel room at the Hotel Bondi in Sydney, Australia
This three-star boutique hotel features private and shared balconies with expansive views of the popular Bondi Beach. Everything is modern and the design appears simple and minimalist. The rooms are large and bright and have everything you need (WiFi, desk, TV, coffee/tea maker). There are also deluxe rooms with kitchen facilities if you want to prepare your own meals (although there is also a restaurant on-site).

Even though the hotel itself isn’t anything special, the price is fantastic for the location. After all, Bondi Beach is right across the street!

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7. Sydney Potts Point

A large bed and a spacious hotel room at the Sydney Potts Point Hotel in Sydney, AustraliaA large bed and a spacious hotel room at the Sydney Potts Point Hotel in Sydney, Australia
This four-star apartment hotel features a rooftop terrace with city views and is just five minutes from Kings Cross’ vibrant nightlife. Most rooms have a kitchenette and there are also rooftop barbecue facilities if you want to cook outdoors. As for amenities, rooms include a desk, refrigerator, flat-screen television, and coffee/tea maker. The beds have thick mattresses and are really comfortable. The rooms offer plenty of space and light (although the bathrooms are a bit small). No breakfast is provided, but a kitchenette makes it easy to prepare your own food.

It’s not a particularly fancy place, but everything is well maintained and there’s even some art in every room. I like that everything here feels modern and clean.

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Sydney is a fun city. I always really enjoy my time here when I visit. And even though it’s a big city, staying in one of the hotels above will put you in a good position to see the sights and make the most of your trip.

Book your trip to Sydney: Logistical tips and tricks

Book your flight
Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. They’re my favorite search engine because it searches websites and airlines all over the world, so you always know no stone is left unturned.

Book your accommodation
You can book your hostel at Hostelworld as they have the largest inventory and best deals. If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use Booking.com as they always show the cheapest prices for guesthouses and cheap hotels.

For more recommended hostels, check out a list of my favorite hostels in Sydney here. And to help you figure out where to stay, here’s a list of the best neighborhoods in Sydney so you can choose the right area to visit.

Don’t forget travel insurance
Travel insurance protects you against illness, injury, theft and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case something goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I have had to use it many times in the past. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value for money are:

Are you looking for the best companies to save you money?
Check out my resources page for the best companies to use while traveling. I list all the ways I save money on the go. You also save money when traveling.

Would you like more information about Sydney?
Be sure to visit our detailed Sydney travel guide for even more planning tips!

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