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These hotels are located in the very center of Sydney, close to the shops, The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Most of our recommendations are just a short walk from the gay nightlife in and around Oxford Street.
488 Kent Street | map
8.6 Very Good based on 216 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Apartment style. Excellent gym. Walk to Darling Harbour.
Fraser Suites Sydney is located within a 42-level tower in the city’s shopping district and just a short distance from Darling Harbour.
A choice of studio, one- and two-bedroom furnished apartments are offered. Apartment facilities include a designer kitchen (refrigerator, kettle, microwave, laundry facilities, etc.), modern bathrooms, comfortable beds and a living space that features a 32″ LCD TV with cable channels and free WiFi. The higher floors have jaw-dropping city views.
Some rates include a buffet breakfast served in the Mezzanine Lounge. There is a gym with cardiovascular and resistance machines, free weights, a heated 20-metre indoor pool, spa and sauna.
Sydney City Steam, the city’s busiest 24-hour sauna is literally just around the corner, and the Oxford Street nightlife is less than a 15-minute walk away.
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36 College Street | map
7.2 Good based on 24 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Near Oxford Street. Rooftop pool. Hyde Park views.
Formerly Sydney Marriott, the Pullman Sydney is located in the heart of the city, overlooking Hyde Park, minutes from Sydney Harbour and a few blocks from the gay bars and clubs on Oxford Street.
All 241 rooms offer all the facilities that you would expect from a 5-star hotel along with great views with lots of natural light. It is also one of the few that offers free WiFi. We particularly like the rooftop swimming pool. There is also a relatively small gym, spa and sauna.
5 Bridge Lane | map
8.7 Very Good based on 34 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Stylish design. Boutique choice. Near Circular Quay Ferry.
Nominated “One of the 25 Hot New Places to Stay in the World” by Conde Nast. This luxury boutique hotel offers just 31 totally chic rooms equipped with an iPad, an Apple TV, DVD player, BOSE sound system and yes, even free WiFi. The gorgeous bathrooms feature Bvlgari toiletries.
Establishment Hotel has 5 restaurants, one of which, the multiple award-winning Three Chef Hats, was recently voted one of the world’s top fine dining establishments. Fabulous choice of bars too. The hotel is close to The Rocks and a 10-minute walk from the Sydney Opera House. Catch a taxi and you can be sitting in a gay bar in Oxford Street in 10 minutes.
61-101 Phillip Street | map
8 Good based on 59 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Popular choice. Walk to Circular Quay & Opera House.
Whilst it is true to say that the Sofitel Wentworth is one of the older 5-star hotels in Sydney, it is still very much worth considering if you want to be the heart of the middle of the Central Business District. The rooms, whilst smaller than found in some other luxury hotels, are very comfortable and feature the excellent Sofitel ‘My Bed’.
The hotel is a 5-minute walk from Circular Quay, overlooking Sydney Harbour. The famous Sydney Opera House is 15 minutes’ walk away.
6-10 Campbell Street | map
Why this hotel: Convenient location. Excellent gym & pool.
A newly opened, and surprisingly affordable luxury aparthotel in Sydney. A range of studio and one-bedroom fully serviced apartment are available, most with a full-sized kitchen (including a refrigerator, microwave, washer & dryer) and reasonably spacious living area with a LCD TV, DVD player and high-speed internet (for a surcharge).
Guests have the use of a 20-metre indoor heated lap pool, jacuzzi, sauna and gym. Location-wise, the Meriton is opposite Sydney’s Capitol Theatre, right by Chinatown with numerous dining options, and minutes away from the gay scene in Darlinghurst.
488 George Street | map
8.6 Very Good based on 603 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Fantastic gym. Fine dining. Walk to Darling Harbour.
This well-known name is always a safe choice for travellers looking for a bit of luxury, comfort and good service. The hotel’s contemporary-styled guestrooms have a lot packed into a relatively small space. The more spacious suites are worth considering if staying for more than a few days. We particularly like the gym, 25-metre indoor heated pool, sauna and steam rooms.
Centrally located, the Hilton is in the middle of the Central Business District, close to many of the best shopping areas and about a 10-minute walk to both The Rocks and the gay scene in Darlinghust.
Some of Sydney’s best luxury hotels are located along the waterfront from Sydney Harbour Bridge to Finger Wharf. Expect to pay a premium for the best views of the harbour and iconic Opera House.
7 Hickson Road | map
9.3 Fantastic based on 8 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Amazing views. Fine dining & bar. On Sydney Harbour.
The redesigned Park Hyatt Sydney is one of the finest hotels in the city, with a price tag to match.
The hotel is located on the very edge of Sydney Harbour, offering amazing views of the city and Opera House. The guest rooms are very spacious (the smallest room is 40 square metres) and offer cutting-edge luxury at their very best. Expect floor-to-ceiling glass doors and a private balcony with great waterfront views.
The hotel has a rooftop heated pool, sun deck and loungers from which you can take in views of the city and harbour skyline. There is a first-class spa and gym. Even if you are not staying at the Hyatt, it’s worth trying the fabulous high tea in the utterly stylish and sophisticated Dining Room.
The hotel is located in The Rocks next to Sydney Harbour Bridge. There is a huge amount to do and see in this area. The gay scene in Oxford Street can be reached in 15 minutes by taxi.
176 Cumberland Street | map
8 Good based on 917 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: In The Rocks area. Stunning views. Superb dining.
Sydney’s Shangri-La is perfectly located between the Opera House and the Darling Harbor Bridge. The hotel’s luxury guest rooms and suites are very spacious (the smallest is 40 sqm) and most have fabulous harbor views and, usually for a Sydney hotel, WiFi is free. Both hotel’s “Altitude” award-winning fine dining restaurant and the “Blu Horizon Bar” offer breathtaking views.
80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont | map
9 Very Good based on 39 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: City skyline views. Modern rooms. Many dining choices.
The Darling shook up the Sydney luxury hotel market when it opened in late 2011. The accolades were quick to follow. ” Top 60 Best New Hotels” in the World by Condé Nast Traveller. Winner of the “Best New Hotel Construction and Design 2012″ at the Asia-Pacific International Hotel Awards, Winner of “Best Tech Hotel” at 2012 HM Awards.
But those who have visited The Darling are not surprised. Each of the 171 rooms feature floor-to-ceiling glass windows that open, a signature Darling Bed with a 1000-spring mattress, 100% Egyptian cotton bed linen and a goose down comforter. The marble bathrooms have large rain shower heads and exclusive Molton Brown products. And, if you have the cash to flash, then The Darling’s luxuriously appointed casino floor is worth a visit.
6 Cowper Wharf Road | map
8.8 Very Good based on 104 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Very stylish. Award-winning bar. On the Wharf.
If you like something a bit different, then the Blue A Taj could be for you. A former winner of Condé Nast Traveler ‘Gold List’, the hotel is housed in what was a passenger ferry terminal building. It has been transformed into a rather funky development that’s half a hotel and half apartments. The rooms are very comfortable with ultra-modern facilities. We recommend the Loft Suite which has a mezzanine bedroom and wonderful views over the harbour. The award-winning Water Bar offers a choice of cocktails and spirits.
Blue is adjacent to the Royal Botanical Gardens and within walking distance of the Sydney Opera House. Potts Point and all its shops and cafés are a short walk away. You will probably want to catch a taxi for a 5-10 minute ride to Oxford street for nights out.
The upmarket and cosmopolitan districts of Darlinghurst and Surry Hills are located to the East of the city center and separated by Oxford Street, home to Sydney’s gay village. All the hotels listed are within walking distance of Oxford Street and are great bases from which to explore the city.
28 Albion Street | map
Why this hotel: Great central location. Fantastic gym & pool.
Sebel Surry Hills offers 271 contemporary guestrooms along with a rather interesting lobby that features a glass floor aquarium housing Japanese Koi fish. The hotel’s Townhouse Bar & Restaurant serves pretty decent range of traditional pub food along with 12 beers on tap and cocktails. The hotel also has a 15-metre indoor swimming pool, spa, sauna and fitness room.
The guestrooms are spacious, although we prefer the recently refurbished Deluxe Rooms that feature a very comfortable king-sized bed and sofa area. WiFi is available – for a fee. The hotel location is great for exploring the city, and it is just a minutes from all the gay venues and restaurants on Oxford Street.
359 Crown Street | map
8.3 Very Good based on 20 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Walk to Oxford Street. Apartment style. Great location.
Stylish, fully serviced luxury apartments just a 5-minute walk away from Oxford Street with easy access to the gay bars and clubs.
The Adina Apartment Hotel offers a selection of one or two-bedroom fully-furnished apartments. Each has a living and dining area and a fully-equipped kitchen. Onsite leisure facilities include a swimming pool, gym and sauna. High-speed internet is available for a fee.