There are few cities in the world as beautiful as Sydney. The largest cosmopolitan city in Australia is famed for its world-class restaurants, crowded surf beaches, and glitzy skyline flanked by the iconic Opera House.
But as you’re busy filling up the itinerary for your upcoming trip Down Under with things to do, don’t forget where you’ll be spending at least eight hours a night: your hotel. Whether you’re hungering for a view of the picturesque Sydney Harbour or just after a luxurious night on a comfy mattress with Egyptian cotton sheets, here are our recommended picks of where to stay in Sydney.
The discrete UHNWIs that call Park Hyatts around the world their second home will undoubtedly love its Sydney outpost. Strategically located between the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, it boasts an unrivalled view of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks – and getting up close and personal is just a brisk walk away. When you’ve finally fought the temptation to linger just a minute more in bed to marvel at the view, make a pit stop at the rooftop pool (it’s heated through autumn and winter) for a magnificent view over Sydney Harbour.
The most breathtaking view of Sydney can be had at the Shangri-La Sydney. Best known as the go-to viewpoint for the annual spectacle that is Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks, the hotel regularly sees its 565 rooms and suites all snatched up well before the festivities are even announced. If you’re not one for lavish pyrotechnic displays, you could always retreat to Chi, the hotel’s spa for a holistic treatment or impress your partner over dinner at Altitude Restaurant with its floor-to-ceiling windows.
The Fullerton brand we all know and love has officially landed in the land Down Under. Located in Martin Place, the civic heart of Sydney, the Fullerton Hotel Sydney takes over the former Sydney GPO building and is now undergoing a facelift to restore the facade of the heritage building. This process is set to finish by October 2019, which will then lead up to the official opening of the hotel the same month.
It’s hard not to feel at home at the Ovolo Woolloomooloo when their Wifi is named “Ovololovesyou”. The boutique hotel, formerly a wool warehouse, effortlessly combines both the required elements of luxury accommodation with contemporary, industrial design. With 100 guest rooms from the basic ‘Superoo’ to the spacious loft ‘Ultraroo’ and a pool and gym that’s open 24/7, it’s the perfect hotel for the wanderlusting millennial on their whirlwind travels.
Devotees of traditional luxury can surely find respite in a suite at The Langham Sydney. Despite located in the heart of the bustling metropolis, a step into the grand foyer would transport you into a world of opulence and sophistication: Grand chandeliers and marble floors; exquisitely furnished guest rooms with high ceilings and plush love seats; an indoor 20-metre lap pool under a bedazzling ceiling of a starry sky.
Pay homage to Sydney’s heritage with a stay at Pier One Sydney. The hotel, part of the Autograph Collection, is built over the water just under the Harbour Bridge and is adjacent to Sydney’s theatre district – the Sydney Theatre Company is in the wharf just next to Pier One. While the rooms still have elements belonging to a bygone era of shipping, it has since been updated to reflect the luxury status it has attained in recent years. Pier One is also renowned for its pet-friendliness: Our four-legged canine friends welcomed with their own bed and water and food bowls. If you want to splurge, you can also request for a mini-bar stocked with dog-friendly treats.