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Sydney, Australia: Best luxury hotels

By Faye Bradley 11 November 2020

Header image courtesy of The Langham Sydney (via The Langham)

As the most popular destination in Australia, Sydney has earned its reputation to be amongst the best cities in the world. With its endless list of things to see and do, tourists and locals never run short of activities to tick off. Like all major cities, the region has drawn in the developments of major hoteliers, and luxury boutiques, so it’s up to you how you choose to reside. Here are the best luxury hotels in Sydney for a stylish vacation.

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InterContinental Hotel

Nestled in what was previously the Treasury building, InterContinental Hotel retains the structure’s historical value and classical façade. Located only minutes from the Circular Quay and Sydney Opera House, the luxury property boasts colonial influences with a modern touch. Surrounded by an enticing kaleidoscope of city lights, the hotel features a range of suites and rooms to choose from, all of which showcase spectacular views of Sydney’s iconic monuments. The award-winning Club InterContinental offers a new height of sophistication from its thirty-second floor, where guests are invited to drink on a wrap-around balcony terrace. There’s also a swimming pool on the thirty-first floor.

InterContinental Hotel Sydney, 117 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia | (+61) 2 9253 9000

Park Hyatt Sydney

Offering unobstructed views of Sydney Harbour and the Opera House, Park Hyatt Sydney lets you marvel at the city’s beauty from your luxurious room. Start your mornings sun-basking at the rooftop pool, followed by a gym session. Afternoons can be reserved for facial and massage treatments at the in-house spa. Rooms are minimalist, boasting modern interiors in earthy tones, whilst the bathrooms feature an indulgent bath, with a separate powder room for ladies. Explore the city, located within close proximity, and head back to your room whenever you need a break. It’ll be difficult to leave though, once you sink your body into the super comfortable beds.

Park Hyatt Sydney, 7 Hickson Road, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia | (+61) 2 9256 1234

The Old Clare Hotel

An Australian boutique hotel located in the hip neighbourhood of Chippendale, The Old Clare Hotel is surrounded by hipster businesses, such as Art Deco bars and cool cafés. The 62-room hotel is uniquely built between two iconic heritage buildings, which captures the historical charm of the up-and-coming Chippendale. An urban hideaway, with plenty to see and do, the hotel itself features a heated pool, a lounging deck, a gym, and even bicycle rental for those looking to explore the city the old-school way.

The Old Clare Hotel, 1 Kensington Street, Chippendale NSW 2008, Australia | (+61) 2 8277 8277

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By Andrew Marshall 26 September 2020

The Langham Sydney

For the full five-star hotel experience, The Langham Sydney provides all you need. From the afternoon turn-down service to the extensive pillow menu, guests can expect the best of the best, especially in the details. Each room features stunning views of the Sydney skyline and exudes an English country house vibe, thanks to the plush armchairs and pastel pink colour schemes. Nestled in the heart of Rocks District, the hotel is conveniently located near the Sydney Opera House and other famous monuments. The refined hotel includes two elegant restaurants (one of which hosts afternoon teas), an indoor swimming pool, a tennis court, and The Day Spa by Chuan for rejuvenation.

The Langham Sydney, 89–113 Kent Street, Millers Point NSW 2000, Australia | (+61) 2 9256 2222

Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

Known to deliver five-star service at all its properties, Shangri-La Hotel Sydney offers unparalleled experiences, which cover dining, wellness, spa, and views. There’s a sleek swimming pool on the second floor, along with a gym and sauna for optimum relaxation. If you want the absolute best views of the city, book an executive suite. Dark and intricate aesthetics at the hotel remain intact since its opening in the 1990s. The Horizon Club offers private check-in, light breakfast, dinner options, snacks throughout the day, and cocktails every evening—what’s not to love?

Shangri-La Hotel Sydney, 176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia | (+61) 2 9250 6000

Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection

Start your experience with a glass of bubbly at Autograph Collection’s Pier One Sydney Harbour. The staff here focus on providing the best service possible with the perfect amount of professionalism and warmth. Set alongside the Harbour Bridge, the hotel is built on and over the water for prime views of the iconic skyline. No rooms are alike at this heritage hotel, a modern building which has been updated with historic fittings. Wine and dine your way through your stay here for the ultimate luxury lifestyle experience.

Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection, Walsh Bay, 11 Hickson Road, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia | (+61) 2 8298 9999

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Faye Bradley


Faye Bradley is a freelance writer based in Hong Kong, covering topics in travel, wellness, F&B, and the arts. As the editor and business development executive for Cha Siu Papers Times and Compare Retreats, Faye has experience in writing predominantly about luxury travel and well-being. With a keen eye for finding hidden gems, exploring new destinations, and tasting best-of-the-best cuisines, she continues to pursue her love for writing about travel and visiting remote lands. You can find her by the pool with a good book and a mojito in hand.