The city has a great choice of excellent hotels. Most of our budget and mid-range suggestions are to the East of the city center, close to the Oxford Street gay nightlife, but still within easy reach of the main shopping & sightseeing areas.
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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.
111 Goulburn Street | map
7.9 Good based on 669 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Best seller. Great for shopping & sightseeing.
Very good value for money, 4-star hotel in a great location, close to the shopping district, gay bars on Oxford Street and some of the best sights in the city.
This contemporary hotel offers surprisingly spacious, air-conditioned rooms (with opening windows if you want some fresh air). Room features include a flat screen TV (free digital channels, Fox Sports, Sky News) a minibar and room safe.
You can use the hotel’s gym or take a dip in the rooftop pool. The Curve Café serves Australian food, although there is a huge choice of restaurants and cafés nearby. WiFi is available for a fee.
389 Pitt Street | map
7.9 Good based on 748 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Centrally located. Close to the gay scene. Great value.
The Rydges enjoys an excellent central location next to the World Square Shopping Centre and just a few minutes’ walk from the Oxford Street gay scene (the city’s largest gay sauna, Sydney City Steam, is even closer).
Comfortable rooms feature Rydges’ signature ‘Dream Bed’, minibar, safety deposit box, tea & coffee making facilities and free WiFi. The hotel has its own gym, a restaurant that specializes in handmade pasta, and a bar that serves a beer on tap and cocktails. Great value for money.
4 Wentworth Ave | map
8.2 Very Good based on 210 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Apartment style. Next to Hyde Park & Oxford Street.
If you want a bit more space or prefer to share with friends, then consider this Best Western. It is located just a few steps away from Hyde Park and just a few minutes’ walk from all the gay nightlife on Oxford Street.
The hotel offers 38 spacious, air-conditioned 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments, each of which has a kitchenette, flat screen TV and free WiFi. The in-house café serves coffee and snacks, and Stellar bar offers beers and wine. Great value for money and popular choice.
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271 Elizabeth Street | map
Why this hotel: Walk to the gay bars. Great views of Hyde Park.
Located in the heart of Sydney overlooking Hyde Park, the Hyde Park Inn offers comfortable rooms, studios and apartments; each has LCD cable TV, air conditioning and kitchenette. Free WiFi is available. A light Continental breakfast is provided daily to the room.
The hotel is surrounded by a range of shops, bars, cafés and restaurants. Oxford Street’s famous gay scene is just a 5-minute walk away. Buses to Bondi Beach depart 100 metres from the hotel.
431-439 Pitt Street | map
7.5 Good based on 1821 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Best seller. Convenient location. Excellent value.
If you are looking for a great value-for-money room in central Sydney, then the Metro could be for you. This smoke-free hotel is just few minutes’ walk from the Oxford Street gay nightlife, the Central Railway Station, Chinatown and within easy reach of other major sights in the city.
Each comfortable, air-conditioned guest room features an LCD cable TV and tea & coffee making facilities. Most rooms have views out over the corner of Pitt and Campbell Street.
The hotels has an outdoor pool, a 24-hour front desk and laundry services. Breakfast buffet is served in the onsite restaurant, although plenty of dining options are nearby.
28 Chalmers Street | map
Why this hotel: Best hostel. Great location & views. Budget choice.
Voted the ‘Best Hostel in Australia in 2013′. Bounce offers both high quality dormitory accommodation and luxurious private rooms, all of which have air conditioning. There is a fully equipped (shared) kitchen with 8 refrigerators, 3 communal lounge rooms and a TV room. Reception is open 24 hours a day.
You can enjoy views of Sydney at the rooftop bar & terrace. High speed WiFi is available throughout the entire building and luggage storage is available.
Bounce is just a short walk to Chinatown and the gay nightlife along Oxford Street. Buses to gay-popular Bondi Beach depart from just outside the hostel. Excellent value for money.
27 Wentworth Avenue | map
Why this hotel: Near Oxford Street. Modern rooms. Popular choice.
Probably the best low-cost option if you want to stay close to the Oxford Street gay bars. Travelodge Sydney has 400 modern, self-contained rooms.
Each room features a small kitchenette (microwave, fridge and tea & coffee maker). Triple rooms are available upon request. Charges apply for WiFi.
Located about a 5-minute walk from Museum Train Station and 10 minutes from Chinatown and Darling Harbour.
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5-11 Wentworth Avenue | map
Why this hotel: Convenient location. Next to Hyde Park. Near Oxford Street.
Good-value hotel in the heart of Sydney, right next to Hyde Park and the gay bars & clubs on Oxford Street. Y Hotel Hyde Park offers 120 guest rooms with either private or shared bathroom. There is a communal kitchen, an outdoor café and an internet kiosk onsite. WiFi is available but charges apply.
The hotel is near a range of bars, cafés, restaurants and shops. Paddy’s Markets are about 10 minutes’ walk away.
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.
304 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst | map
7.8 Good based on 62 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Boutique choice. Close to the gay scene & Oxford street.
Modern boutique hotel in the Darlinghurst gay district, Morgans features a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
Guest rooms and suites feature flat screen cable TV, microwave, refrigerator, tea & coffee making. Some units have a full kitchen or a balcony. Free WiFi in public areas.
Friendly service and well located for the Sydney gay scene. The gay bars & clubs on Oxford Street are just a 10-minute walk away.
212 Riley Street, Darlinghurst - Surry Hills | map
Why this hotel: Popular choice Excellent views. Near the gay scene.
The Cambridge is a good quality hotel that is just moments away from all the gay venues along Oxford Street and a great base from which to explore Sydney. This makes it a very popular choice with the gay community.
This award-winning hotel offers 173 spacious rooms and suites, many of which have private balconies with fabulous views. Some rooms also have a corner spa bath. The comfortable beds have triple sheeting and European duvets. Café 212 offers a buffet breakfast and serves delicious food. Good service and great value for money for this area.
And if you are not on a romantic gateway with the boyfriend, then HeadQuarters cruise club is just steps away!
108A Oxford Street, Darlinghurst | map
Why this hotel: On Oxford Street. Excellent value. Great for Mardi Gras.
Not the best hotel in terms of room quality, but the Sydney Wattle is perfectly located for the gay scene and Mardi Gras, and you get your money’s worth.
Eleven guest rooms are equipped with flat screen TV, air conditioning, double-glazed windows, refrigerator and tea & coffee maker. WiFi is available but charges apply. The rooftop terrace offers harbour and city views.
229 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst | map
7.7 Good based on 111 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Gay-popular. Boutique option. In Darlinghurst.
The Kirketon Hotel by 8Hotels is in the heart of Darlinghurst, close to the shops, the Royal Botanic Garden and gay nightlife on Oxford Street.
Built in 1930, this boutique hotel has been continually renovated over the years and was recently voted one of the coolest boutique hotels in the world by Condé Nast Traveller. Contemporary design, stylishly furnished rooms, an award-winning restaurant and great service make this a popular choice with gay guests. Unofficially a 5 star hotel, but offers great rates if you book early enough.
21 Oxford Street (near Greens Road), Paddington | map
Why this hotel: Close to the nightlife. Value for money. Free WiFi.
Not quite artsy as the name may suggest, but Arts Hotel (formerly Sullivans Hotel) is popular with gay travellers due to its value for money and convenient location.
Arts Hotel is surrounded by boutiques, restaurants, cafés, cinemas and galleries and its just a few minutes’ walk from the city’s gay nightlife scene. The hotel has a small pool, gym and offers free WiFi.
Potts Point has a little bit of everything. From seedy strip joints to beautiful tree, lined streets with art deco buildings, fabulous cafés and restaurants. Potts Point is home to hotels that generally offer better value for money than those in the city centre.
14 Kings Cross Road, Potts Point | map
Why this hotel: Near Kings Cross nightlife. Modern rooms. Great location.
The Diamant is a great choice for gay tourists as it is located in the middle of Kings Cross, halfway between the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens, Woolloomooloo and the Oxford Street gay scene.
The contemporary-styled guest rooms are modern, spacious and comfortable. The Deluxe rooms have a balcony with excellent views across the city. Guests have free access to the gym next door.
226 Victoria Street, Potts Point | map
Why this hotel: Great harbour views. Close to Kings Cross entertainment.
Ideally located in the heart of the Potts Point and the entertainment centre of Kings Cross, the 4-star Mercure Potts Point features 227 stylish rooms with new décor, all of which are appointed with modern facilities.
Along with a restaurant and bar, the hotel features five meeting rooms, an open-air terrace and WiFi in public areas.
122 Victoria Street, Potts Point | map
Why this hotel: Historic building. Quiet area. Near shops & restaurants.
Historic boutique hotel in Potts Point, close to Woolloomooloo, the Royal Botanic Gardens and a couple of minutes by taxi to Darlinghurt. This period building is full of architectural interest, and the 25 guest rooms have a character.
Whilst the rooms are relatively small, they are a great alternative to the standard, soulless accommodation found in many chain hotels. Breakfast is included with most rates and WiFi is free.
71 Macleay Street, Kings Cross | map
Why this hotel: Excellent value. Walk to Woolloomooloo Bay.
Good-quality budget hotel within easy reach of Oxford Street and just one station stop from Circular Quay.
Each guest room in this heritage listed building has a kitchenette (tea & coffee making facilities, microwave, fridge, etc.), a comfortable bed and fan. Shared bathrooms. Great choice of restaurants and cafés in the area.