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Sydney city centre (comprising Pyrmont, Circular Quay, The Rocks and the Central Business District) is relatively compact and can be explored on foot or by public transport.
As well as being within easy reach of famous tourist sights, most of our hotel recommendations are just a short walk from the gay nightlife in and around Oxford Street.
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 apartments are offered. Facilities include a designer kitchen (fridge, kettle, microwave, laundry facilities, etc.), modern bathrooms, comfortable beds and a living space that features a 32″ LCD cable TV 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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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 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 hotels that offer free WiFi.
We particularly like the rooftop swimming pool. There is also a relatively small gym, spa and sauna.
Why this hotel: Award winner. Tasteful design. 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 with an iPad, an Apple TV, DVD player, BOSE sound system and yes, even free WiFi. The gorgeous bathrooms feature Bvlgari toiletries.
Establishment has 5 restaurants including the multiple award-winning Three Chef Hats which was recently voted one of the world’s top fine dining venues. Fabulous choice of bars, too.
The hotel is close to The Rocks and a 10-minute walk from the Sydney Opera House. The gay scene on Oxford Street in 10 minutes by taxi.
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 Central Business District.
The rooms, though smaller than 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.
8.7 Very Good - based on 404 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Convenient location. Excellent gym & pool.
Surprisingly affordable luxury accommodation in Sydney. Meriton offers studios and 1-bedroom apartments, just minutes from the gay scene in Darlinghurst.
Each apartment features a full kitchen (including fridge, microwave, washer & dryer), large living area, 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 many shopping and dining options nearby.
Why this hotel: Fantastic gym. Fine dining. Walk to Darling Harbour.
A reliable brand and one of the best. The Hilton Sydney’s modern guest rooms have a lot packed into a relatively small space. Larger suites are great if you’re staying for more than a few days.
We particularly like their facilities which include a gym, a 25-metre indoor heated pool, sauna and steam rooms.
Conveniently located in the middle of Sydney’s CBD, 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.
Why this hotel: Amazing views. Fine dining & bar. On Sydney Harbour.
One of the finest hotels in the city, with a price tag to match. The Park Hyatt Sydney is located on the very edge of Sydney Harbour, offering amazing city views and the Opera House.
Rooms are very spacious (the smallest room is 40 m²) and offer cutting-edge luxury at their 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 here, it’s worth trying the fabulous high tea in the utterly stylish Dining Room.
With its location 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.
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 m²). Most have fabulous harbour views and, unusual for a Sydney hotel. WiFi is free.
Both in-house “Altitude” award-winning fine dining restaurant and the “Blu Horizon Bar” offer breathtaking views.
8.9 Very Good - based on 96 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Award winner. Great dining choices. Near the harbour.
The Darling shook up the Sydney luxury hotel market when it opened in 2011. Located near Cockle Bay in Darling Harbour, this award-winning hotel features 171 luxurious rooms, 20 bars and restaurants, a day spa and a casino.
Each room features floor-to-ceiling glass windows that open, 100% Egyptian cotton sheets with goose down comforter, iPod docking station and marble bathroom with rain shower and exclusive Molton Brown products.
Winner of “Top 60 Best New Hotels in the World” by Condé Nast Traveller and the “Best New Hotel Construction and Design 2012” at the Asia-Pacific International Hotel Awards.
Why this hotel: Super stylish. Award-winning bar. Harbour views.
If you like something a bit different, then the Blue could be for you.
This former winner of Condé Nast Traveler ‘Gold List’ 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 feature 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 A Taj is located on the wharf near the Royal Botanical Gardens and a short walk from the Sydney Opera House. Potts Point and all its shops and cafés are a short walk away.
You will need to catch a taxi for a 5-10 minutes ride to get to Oxford Street for nights out.
The upmarket and cosmopolitan districts of Darlinghurst and Surry Hills are located to the east of the city centre and separated by Oxford Street – home to Sydney’s gay village.
These hotels are within walking distance of Oxford Street and offer a great base from which to explore Sydney.
Why this hotel: Great central location. Fantastic gym & pool.
The Rydges Sydney Central offers 271 contemporary rooms, along with an interesting lobby that features a glass floor aquarium housing Japanese Koi fish.
The hotel’s location is great for exploring the city, and it is just minutes from all the gay venues and restaurants on Oxford Street.
Guest rooms are spacious, although we prefer the Deluxe Rooms that feature a very comfortable king-sized bed and sofa area. WiFi is available for a fee.
The onsite Townhouse Bar & Restaurant serves a range of traditional pub food and beers on tap and cocktails. The hotel also has its own 15-metre indoor pool, spa, sauna and gym.
Why this hotel: Fabulous apartments. Close to Oxford Street.
ADGE is located on Riley Street in Surry Hills, just steps away from the Oxford Street gay nightlife, Hyde Park and Sydney’s CBD.
This unique boutique apartment hotel offers a collection of two bedroom suites that can sleep four. The styling is bold and a true reflection of urban Sydney living.
Each of the 60+ m² apartment suites features an open-plan lounge and dining area, smart TV, free WiFi, full kitchen with European designer appliances, as well as an internal laundry with washer and dryer.
Popular choice. Book early if you want to stay during peak season.
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 Crown Street offers a selection of one or two-bedroom fully-furnished apartments. Each has a living and dining area and a fully-equipped kitchen.
Onsite acilities include a swimming pool, gym and sauna. High-speed internet is available for a fee.