Sydney is one of the most iconic cities in the world and has a lovable charm of its own. It is home to popular sights such as the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Royal Botanic Gardens, and Bondi Beach among others. In the eastern hemisphere, it is one of the cities that has a collection of the finest hotels and despite being the oldest (and largest) city in Australia, it has a range of modern and ultra-luxe accommodations. Whether you’re travelling for pleasure, business, or a mix of both, here are 7 of the most luxurious hotels in Sydney that will treat you to only the best of what this beautiful city has to offer.
With 28 suites and many stylish guest rooms set inside the beautifully restored Treasury Building of 185, InterContinental Sydney not just has a picturesque façade but contemporary and world-class hospitality. Located in the CBD and nestled in Circular Quay, the hotel itself has been an icon in the area and has been treating guests to stellar service for over 35 years. Its recent $120-million makeover has refreshed the interiors, merging heritage glamour and modern style with rooms that offer amazing views of the harbour and the Sydney Opera House. On-site, guests can enjoy gourmet breakfast experiences at Conservatory Restaurant on the first floor, and even more flavourful meals at The Treasury. Seeking something more elevated? Aster is the hotel’s exclusive rooftop bar that offers artful dining and inspired cocktails with panoramic views of the skyline. InterContinental Sydney is sure to spoil you with a lavish stay.
Park Hyatt Sydney
Offering awesome views of the Opera House and the harbour, Park Hyatt Sydney places you amidst Sydney’s art galleries, luxury shops, and cafes. Be steps away from top destinations such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay, and The Rocks Markets. After exploring the cobbled laneways and nearby attractions, take a dip in the rooftop pool with expansive views of the harbour, or get a pampering massage at the on-site spa. You can also indulge in world-class dining at any of the on-site restaurants which serve modern Australian food inspired by regional and coastal produce. End your day in any of the superbly comfortable rooms and suites that feature contemporary interiors. What we love about Park Hyatt Sydney are the private furnished balconies and terraces that come with the rooms and suites—a luxury of space in the city spoiling guests with iconic views enjoyed in your own private haven.
Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
Only steps away from shopping hotspots, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour channels the ultimate urban resort vibe. Think relaxation, style, and waterfront living with everything you need right at your fingertips. This 5-star hotel exudes the French art de vivre—from its gorgeous design style to the indulgent spa secrets from Biologique Recherche and Waterlily, guests are in for a thoroughly relaxing experience. Sofitel Darling Harbour has a range of room and suite styles to choose from with views of the city skyline or the harbour. For dining, there is an on-site restaurant, Atelier by Sofitel which has received the highest wine industry accolade—3 goblets in the Australian Wine List of the Year Awards. On top of that, a stay at Sofitel Darling Harbour also gives you access to 3 stylish bars: Champagne Bar, Esprit Noir Lobby Bar, and Le Rivage Pool Bar. Three chic chill spots for your different moods!
Kimpton Margot Sydney, an IHG Hotel
Kimpton Margot Sydney takes you back in time—to the glory days of Art Deco. Step into a world decades away while enjoying all the comforts of a modern hotel in its spacious and light-filled suites. The cushy velvet seats, light fixtures, and tasteful décor of Kimpton Margot Sydney perfectly capture the design elements of the Art Deco era. An eclectic hideaway that’s perfect for some in-city rest and relaxation, it’s situated in an edgy corner of the city where the best entertainment, dining, and shopping await. This luxury hotel in Sydney combines old-world glamour with modern flair that all travellers will enjoy. From the 1930s-style cocktail bar to the sleek rooftop pool, Kimpton Margot Sydney has everything you need for a relaxing and one-of-a-kind, “take me back” kind of getaway.
Hyatt Regency Sydney
If you’re looking for the largest hotel in Sydney, look no further. Hyatt Regency Sydney is a 5-star luxury hotel with 878 guest rooms, several dining options and bars, 21 meeting rooms and a 4,000-square metre events space making it a top choice for corporate and other events. For the foodies, it is home to one of Sydney’s oldest pubs—Dundee Arms. It also has the impressive rooftop bar, Zephyr, which has a sleek bar with majestic sunset and skyline views. The well-appointed rooms and suites have views of the city or Darling Harbour, both offering a dazzling display of lights at night. The hotel also has 2 Terrace Suites which have 34 square metres of private outdoor terrace space on top of the spacious 90-square metre room, letting you enjoy panoramic views from high above!
Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park
Directly opposite Hyde Park, Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park is a luxury escape in Sydney’s CBD and retail district. From the outside, its columns set the mood for grandeur and is followed by timeless interior design. This luxury hotel is only steps away from local attractions such as the Royal Botanic Gardens, Middle Harbour, St. Mary’s Cathedral, and downtown Sydney’s retail and dining spots. The hotel features a modern rooftop fitness centre, a day spa, and a heated indoor pool. It also has a club lounge with a more refined atmosphere. Enjoy award-winning dining experiences at Feast Restaurant which serves international dishes or at The Gallery for a modern Australian degustation. For a sampling of local fine wines, gin, and craft beers, Conservatory Bar pays homage to Sydney’s distilleries while charming guests with its unique botanical design.
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Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Our handpicked selection of the most luxurious hotels in Sydney wouldn’t be complete without the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney. Neighbouring The Rocks and Circular Quay, Four Seasons Hotel Sydney offers CBD accommodation with rooms that have views of the Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, and surrounding city skyline. On-site, you can enjoy modern Australian food from Mode Kitchen and Bar and fine beverages and light bites from Grain. You can also chill by the outdoor pool and sip on refreshing cocktails from The Cabana which also serves salads and gourmet sandwiches. Travelling with the fam? The hotel has family-friendly suites, with the Presidential Suites accommodating up to 4 adults and 1 child. Family-friendly activities such as picnics at the nearby park or trips to the Sydney Aquarium and Taronga Zoo can also be arranged. If mum and dad need some time for relaxation, babysitting services are available too!
Enjoy the beautiful sights and local flavours of Sydney while being treated to luxurious hospitality. These luxury hotels will definitely make your trip down under relaxing and even more memorable.
Mat Lewis is Co-Founder & CEO of View Retreats. View Retreats is a luxury travel agency offering a handpicked collection of the world’s best hotels, resorts and villas.
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