The 7 Best Hotels on Sydney Harbour


Most visitors to Sydney can’t resist the glittering pull of the harbour for long, and if you’re staying in one of the best hotels on Sydney Harbour you won’t need to. This part of Sydney offers more than just the elegant sails of the Opera House, and the ‘coat hanger’ charm of the Harbour Bridge, the harbour runs along beside the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Museum of Contemporary Art, The Rocks - which was the first part of Sydney to be settled, and even Taronga Zoo, if you get on the ferry and travel.

The bit of the harbour our Gurus have centred their recommendations around is the Inner Harbour, the central bit around Circular Quay, which is a great place to be based, within walking distance of many of Sydney’s major sights, and a ferry or train ride from most of the others. And travelling around Sydney Harbour by ferry is one of the real pleasures of this city. You’re also well located for Sydney’s highlights, whether you want to see a theatrical performance, eat or drink, or even go to a funfair: Luna Park is just across the Harbour Bridge on Milsons Point.

The 7 Best Hotels on Sydney Harbour

The Best Hotel Views on Sydney Harbour

Pier One, on Walsh Bay, is right by one of the pillars of the Harbour Bridge, a large and luxurious hotel with spectacular harbour views and slick, nautical decor.

Pier One

The Shangri-La Hotel towers over Sydney, offering magnificent views over the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Darling Harbour. A modern luxury classic, this is a the kind of large hotel to meet all your needs and more.

The Best Hotels at Circular Quay

The Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour is a luxurious collection of self catering apartments right on Circular Quay. The fully equipped kitchens and laundry facilities make this a perfect - and memorable - spot for families. There's a pool, gym, restaurant, bar and even childcare facilities.

Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour

Sydney's Park Hyatt is a five star luxury classic in a fantastic spot at the end of Circular Quay beside the bridge and opposite the Opera House. As well as opulent decor and a range of room styles, the Park Hyatt has a heated rooftop pool and fully equipped gym and spa.

The Best Hotels in Woolloomooloo and Potts Point

BLUE Sydney is a collection of rooms and loft-style suites just off the pier at Woolloomooloo. As well as being on the harbour, you're right by the Botanical Gardens, around the point from the Opera House surrounded by hip eateries and bars.

BLUE Sydney

Ovolo Woolloomooloo shares the location on the old Finger Wharf, but is larger, with 100 rooms in spacious proportions. Cool and contemporary this is a great spot.

Simpsons of Potts Point is in a great location just around the headland from the harbour, in a beautiful residential area. The guesthouse occupies a 19th century Arts and Crafts style property, has 12 spacious rooms and is close to restaurants and bars.

Simpsons of Potts Point

The Best Hotels at Watson’s Bay

The Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel is right on the beach at Watson’s Bay and offers panoramic harbour views and a lively yacht club atmosphere. Each of the 31 rooms has a unique, beachside feel and the bar and restaurant are local hotspots.

Watson's Bay Boutique Hotel

If you haven’t found your idea of the best hotels on Sydney Harbour on our Guru’s list of the 7 Best Hotels on Sydney Harbour you could:

The Best Hotels on Sydney Harbour

  • Pier One 189 rooms from £154

    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.

    Sights nearby  -  Twenty minutes' walk to the Opera House and Botanic Gardens
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney 563 rooms from £153

    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.

    Sights nearby  -  Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Darling Harbour only five minutes' walk away
    Spa  -  With hot tub
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour 65 rooms from £225


    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.

    Sights nearby  -  Located by Botanic Gardens and Opera House, plus city centre half a kilometer away
    Views  -  Out to the Sydney Opera House
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor
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  • Park Hyatt Sydney 155 rooms from £524

    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.

    Sights nearby  -  Located at Sydney Harbour and close to Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, Bondi and Manly Beach
    Spa  -  The Spa facilities include a rooftop heated pool, a gym and a relaxation room
    Outstanding location
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • BLUE Sydney 100 rooms from £222

    Woolloomoo, NOT TO SHOW

    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.

    Sights nearby  -  Short walk to Botanical Gardens, Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Pitt Street Mall
    Lively area  -  Central city location
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Fodors
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  • Ovolo Woolloomooloo 100 rooms from £248

    Sydney (New South Wales)

    A hip industrial property running the length of the Finger Wharf. An impressive lobby and lounge are of epic proportions. Rooms are equally spacious with all the mod cons and cool contemporary style. Perfectly located just minutes from some of Sydney's best sights and eateries. Superb.

    Local exploring  -  Boasting an enviable location right in the heart of Sydney Harbour and with many sights just a short walk away.
    Great walks  -  The hotel is located just 2 minutes from the picturesque Royal Botanical Gardens.
    Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to the nearby St Mary's Cathedral.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection
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  • Simpsons of Potts Point 12 rooms from £139

    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.

    Sights nearby  -  Sydney Opera House
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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  • Watson's Bay Boutique Hotel 31 rooms from £154

    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.

    Views  -  Panoramic views of Sydney Harbour
    Sights nearby  -  Shakespeare by the Bay Evenings (seasonal)
    Great walks  -  The coastal walk along The Gap
    Full of character
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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Thursday, 10th May 2018