THE Harbour City is overflowing with hotels, B&Bs, backpackers, hostels, apartments and more. When it comes to boutique hotels in Sydney or luxury accommodation, there is no better place than our NSW capital.
Where to start? Here are five to ponder for your next Sydney visit.
1. Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour, Circular Quay
Sheer bliss is how this five-star luxury option in the heart of the action at Circular Quay can best be described. Gorgeous rooms have beautiful fit-outs and offer breathtaking views of the harbour. It also features a gym, sauna, spa and indoor pool. It’s only a hop, skip and a jump away from the famous Sydney Rocks district. The Pullman has outstanding serviced apartment style rooms with stellar views and right near all of Sydney’s attractions.
2. QT Hotel, Market St, Sydney
Funky bar, slick restaurant, powerhouse design elements threaded throughout, bold and daring modern touches to complement the heritage architecture, and a location right in the heart of Sydney’s CBD in Market Street. QT is one of the smoothest movers on the boutique hotels Sydney scene with service second to none. Some awesome packages include booking your luxury accommodation and receiving one of a Spa Q treatment for two, or a brekky for two or dinner for two.
3. Blue Sydney – a Taj Hotel, the wharf at Woolloomooloo
A very stylish award-winner set on the water, BLUE Sydney is a hotspot and is located at the Wharf at Woolloomooloo Sydney. Offering special views of the Harbour foreshore, city lights and the Royal Botanical Gardens, Blue isn’t out of place on the trendy marina, entertainment and apartment complexes along the wharf promeade where delicious food awaits at restaurants considered as some of the best in the city. The central business district, shopping strips, Sydney Opera House and The Royal Botanical Gardens are within easy walking distance from the hotel so you can’t really go wrong. Beautiful and spacious rooms as well as exquisite fit-outs make this a gem.
4. 1888 Hotel, Murry Street, Pyrmont
Have a guess when this snazzy hotel was built? Yep, 1888 sounds about right, so it’s certainly steeped in history. It’s located in a super convenient position in the inner-city suburb of Pyrmont, a mere walk away from Chinatown, Darling Harbour, great shopping streets and some of Sydney’s top watering holes and eateries (nearby Sokyo is a must for serious Japanese food!). The interiors are superb, quirky and comfy, featuring reclaimed Ironbark beams and period windows. The lobby bar and restaurant are super comfy to kick back in and 1888 is carving a reputation for the outstanding service offered by its staff. This is one you can count on.
5. Ravesi’s Hotel on Bondi Beach
So, what’s not to like about this one? The ultimate beach right out front, Bondi Beach, that is arguably Australia’s most famous, along with a buzzing night life, 12 individually styled and gorgeous rooms, a great vibe downstairs in the Lowtide Bar, and the chance to enjoy a pre-dinner drink from a range of fresh and innovative cocktails at the award winning Drift cocktail lounge. Location, location, location and style, style, style. This is certainly one to write home about.
– SCOTT PODMORE