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Sydney may be known for its hipster cafés, gourmet dining, and stunning beaches, but its boutique hotel scene is just as buzzing. Being one of Australia’s most exciting cities, the region is home to a range of talented interior designers and architectures. Ditch the Airbnbs and spend your holiday in Sydney at one of these unique luxury boutique hotels in the city.
Set within a trio of heritage-listed townhouses from the 1800s, Spicers Potts Point transformed its Victorian features into a modern design. Housing 16 rooms and four suites, the secluded hideaway has made waves in Sydney’s boutique scene. Featuring courtyards, natural-lit rooms, and contemporary art throughout the hotel, the hotel boasts impeccable style, with chic elegance, as an urban respite in a central location. Spicers is only minutes away from Wooloomooloo Wharf and an abundance of restaurants.
Spicers Potts Point, 122 Victoria Street, Sydney NSW 2011, Australia | (+61) 1300 525 442
Perched at the end of the boardwalk between Bondi to Coogee, Dive Hotel has been serving guests for nearly 20 years. Channelling a calmer, cooler atmosphere at Coogee, the hotel has six rooms, all positioned right on the water. Opt for a sea-facing room to ensure you get the ocean views that the hotel is famous for. The family-run boutique may be quaint, but its personal service and outstanding views make it a relaxing and homey respite from the city bustle.
Dive Hotel, 234 Arden Street, Coogee NSW 2034, Australia | (+61) 2 9665 5538
Ravesi’s Hotel sits on the corner of Sydney’s infamous Bondi Beach, as a 12-room hideaway for beach-goers. Its prime location, obviously, offers unparalleled views of the sandy shores. The four-storey landmark building is painted in flamingo pink, and takes inspiration from Cuba and Miami, in its design. This includes the bold artworks by local artist Daimon Downey and Danish-inspired furniture, sprinkled with a splash of colour, which contrasts against the neutrals.
Hotel Ravesis, 118 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia | (+61) 2 9365 4422
With one side being the old Paramount Pictures building, and the other side being the Golden Age Cinema and Bar, Paramount House Hotel offers culturally resplendent surroundings. Nestled within Surry Hills, the boutique is one of the hippest in town—rooms furnished with bespoke couches and Pakistani kilim (کیلیم) rugs, making it a stylish and unique space. The 29-room hotel features sky-high ceilings and has its own rooftop gym and café. The latter, known as Paramount House Coffee Project, whips up breakfast, lunch, and expertly-made coffee, in line with Sydney’s thriving caffeine scene.
Paramount House Hotel, 80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia | (+61) 2 9211 1222
Designed with a “choose your own adventure” theme, The Collectionist, Camperdown offers a unique spin on hospitality. It lets you pick one from one of the 39 rooms in the hotel via a tour, which follows with a personalised experience and getting access via SMS. Collaborating with seven designers and 13 artists, the boutique aims to curate a memorable and distinctive stay. If you’re staying on the weekend, browse Sydney’s buzzing Saturday morning markets and strips of shopping, dining, and nightlife, only minutes away from the hotel.
The Collectionist, Camperdown, 9–13 Marsden Street, Camperdown NSW 2050, Australia | (+61) 2 7922 3845
Blending gothic elements with modern art deco, QT Sydney aims to pay tribute to the historic Gowings and State Theatre buildings, where it occupies the space. There’s a vibrant colour theme to the hotel to reflect its Art Deco aesthetic, and its prime location in the commercial district makes this spot easy to venture out from, with highlights including bars, restaurants, and the city’s famous theatres. There’s even a stylish, in-house spa—book your slot at SpaQ for a special wellness treatment and be sure to utilise the hammam (حمّام, a Turkish bath) and ice-room.
QT Sydney, 49 Market Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia | (+61) 2 8262 0000
Indulge in Sydney’s modern glamour at Establishment Hotel, a spacious, chic hotel, which celebrates sophisticated furniture, with refined in-house dining and nightlife, all in the heart of the city. Perched between the historic Millers Point, Harbour Bridge, and the iconic Opera House, the boutique is within close proximity of each monument. Start every morning at The Garden, where breakfast is served, within a glass-atrium venue.
Establishment Hotel, 5 Bridge Lane, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia | (+61) 2 9240 3100