The best places to stay in Sydney reflect this town's cosmopolitan nature, there's plenty of fusion food and fashionable decor, but they're also laid-back by international standards. You'll find them dotted throughout the city, from the harbour to the CBD (Central Business District) to Bondi and the North Shore.
People wax lyrical about Sydney's colours: the shimmering green-blue of the harbour with its white sails, the bright blue of the sky, the yellow of the beaches and the golden shades of sunshine which turn skin the same colours. Sydney is more than just a glorious picture, it bursts with energy and flavours just as intense as the colours.
For a lot of travellers, Sydney is a long journey, but its myriad of appeals, from its proximity to great beaches, a lush wine region, the breathtaking views of the Blue Mountains and all the sports, arts, cuisine and culture packed into the city proper, make the journey well worth it.
Most visitors can't resist the harbour's call for much longer than it takes to unpack their luggage, and there are a number of ways to enjoy it. Don't miss a jaunt across to Manly, less than an hour on the ferry, and once the 'summer retreat' of Sydney's fashionable set, or a ferry ride to Taronga Zoo, one of the world's most spectacularly located zoos.
Inner Harbour's treasures - the bridge, the Opera House, the botanical gardens and the Rocks - are an exceptional spot to stroll around. And the bustle and excitement of the fish markets - and of course the promise of a fantastically fresh seafood lunch - are unmissable.
While the fame of Bondi makes it irresistible to many, this whole stretch of coast, from Bondi to Coogee Beach, is worth a wander, if you have the time. Bondi's Sunday markets add an extra appeal.
If you fancy a spot of shopping it's also worth checking out upmarket Paddington, which has its own Sunday markets too.
Sydney also promises a wealth of day trips, to the Hunter Valley for a wine tasting, the Blue Mountains for some bushwalking or caving, or Palm Beach for some quieter, more spectacular beaches.
Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Sydney, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice. Alternatively widen the net and check out all our recommendations in New South Wales.
This hotel is situated in a heritage listed building created in 1888, hence it's name. A thoroughly modern boutique hotel which offers luxury, comfort and style in abundance. Centrally located in Pyrmont, a stay in 1888 is unbeatable value for a city break in Sydney.
A boutique hotel on the beach with some great ocean views. Rooms are simple and clean, some with private balconies. Breakfast served daily in the communal dining area. Just a bus ride from the city centre and a short walk to some good restaurants and cafes - this is a good spot for local exploring.
An old Quarantine Station which has been completely renovated to offer comfortable modern bedrooms, private cottages and two fantastic restaurants. With a private beach and shuttle to Sydney Harbour - this is great for families or wedding parties looking for something completely unique.
Quirky restoration of historic building ensures a stunning setting for this hip boutique hotel with day Spa in the city's CBD. Funky decor and super soft beds make for a colourful and unforgettable stay.
Sydney (Potts Point)
19th-century Arts & Crafts Hotel offering spacious yet cosy accommodation in the heart of Sydney. Enjoy breakfast in the conservatory and a complimentary evening sherry in the games room. Walking distance from hundreds of restaurants, this is an elegant guest house in a prime location.
Sydney (Watsons Bay)
On the beach and recently restored, this hotel boasts panoramic views of Sydney Harbour and a lively Yacht Club atmosphere. Each of the rooms has a unique beachside feel. The hotel Beach Club bar is a local hotspot, serving cocktails and quality seafood. A real vibrant seaside atmosphere.
This beautifully furnished boutique hotel is housed in a converted city townhouse to brilliantly blend old and new. Location in the heart of Darlinghurst, Sydney's vibrant restaurant district, makes it ideal for foodies. Dogs are welcome too.
Luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Sydney's CBD. Large double rooms, three restaurants, numerous bars, and even an onsite club make this one of the hippest places to stay in the city.
Sydney (The Rocks)
This luxury hotel is situated in the heart of Sydney Harbour, and offers large contemporary rooms with magnificent views. Childcare services, a fitness centre, spa and award-winning restaurant make it ideal for a relaxing city break.
Sydney (Walsh Bay)
Situated next to the Harbour Bridge, this luxury hotel is built on a private pontoon with spectacular views across Sydney Harbour. Slick nautical decor inside completes the look. Enjoy top Australian cuisine at the restaurant.
Comfort and chic contemporary style come together in this centrally located luxury hotel. Big rooms with city views, plus a restaurant and fully stocked bar on site. Re-energise with in-room spa treatments.
Sydney (Surry Hills)
Top of the range kitchen appliances and ensuite rooms ensure self-catering in Sydney has never been so simple and stylish. Each apartment has a personal balcony to take in the central sites of the city, six minutes drive to Sydney Harbour.
Family friendly luxury self-catering apartments with fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities. Situated just metres from the Opera House, the building also boasts an indoor pool, gym, restaurant and bar, plus child care services.
Centrally located chic hotel with stunning views across Sydney Harbour. Loft suites available. Next to the Botanical Gardens. Family-friendly with ultra-modern facilities including an indoor pool and fitness centre.
Sydney (The Rocks)
Five star luxury at its best, with an unbeatable location between Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. This opulent hotel, rooms in rich chocolate, cream and beige hues will not disappoint. Enjoy private balconies and dining rooms, plus a fully equipped gym and spa.